Letters, November 5 2021

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SNP must act on ferry crisis

The SNP government’s refusal to heed recommendations from CalMac on how many new ferries the operator required to service its routes has led directly to the crisis that has overtaken Scotland’s ferry service.

No fewer than 16 of CalMac’s 31 active vessels are now more than 25 years old, which is the recommended operational lifespan of a ferry.

A debate on the on-going ferry crisis took place this week at the Scottish Parliament.

It was very telling that those SNP members who took part in the debate were quite unable, or unwilling, to launch a defence of their own government’s record when it comes to the crisis affecting our ferry service.

They know, as we all do, that SNP ministers have failed in their duty of care to our island communities and that excuses will no longer cut it.

Nicola Sturgeon now needs to admit her government’s 15-year failure to protect our lifeline ferry service, and then actually do something about it, and quickly.

Donald Cameron MSP, Highlands and Islands.

Used stamps for guide dogs

I am appealing for used postage stamps which help me raise funds which I then donate to the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Recycling used postage stamps is such an easy way to raise money for the charity and I am always in need of all types of postage stamps, including British, foreign and Christmas stamps.

If you are able to help I would be grateful if you could cut the stamps from their envelopes, leaving approximately 1cm margin around the stamp, and send them to: Myrna Chave, PO Box 91, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 9AR

Thank you to everyone who has donated in the past, your assistance in helping me to support this very worthy cause is greatly appreciated.

My email address is stamps4gdftb@live.co.uk for more information.

Myrna Chave, Surrey.