Letters to the editor week 52

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Councillors should fight for the people who elected them

Isn’t it about time all the councillors of Argyll and Bute Council should threaten to resign over the never-ending cuts to the most vulnerable and the very valuable staff who support them.

Can a campaign not be lodged by just one of the councillors to construct a letter of mass resignation if cuts to the most vulnerable don’t stop forcing the administration into thinking again where they cut? Time for Argyll councillors to fight back: it is what you were elected to do on behalf of the people who voted for you.

Angus Files,
The Glebe, Kilmelford.

Flawed arguments in letter on independence

Reading the letter by Andrew Green (December 13), I would deduce that he is no great supporter of the independence movement in Scotland.

However, his attempts to question the drive for independence are fundamentally flawed. He chooses to reconfigure the Scottish results of the EU referendum, but why?

If he doesn’t apply the same process to the results for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, he can draw no meaningful conclusion – other than what is already known.

Scotland’s electorate chose to remain, while England’s chose to leave – nothing new there. He then makes a couple of negative comments regarding the SNP government, but fails to back them up with any evidence.

But it is in the last paragraph that the mask slips. He proffers the concept that it is acceptable for one nation – in this case England- to decide the future destiny of another – Scotland.

It is noteworthy that in his discussion neither Wales nor Northern Ireland seems to register in Mr Green’s world view. Nevertheless, it is heartening to know that, against the odds, a small stronghold of imperialist mindset still survives in Ardtoe.

Andy Thornton,

Laroch House, Ballachulish.

Hope this Christmas

Christmas should be a time of joy, but for thousands of homeless people across the country it will be anything but. While most of the country will be celebrating and enjoying a family meal, those who are homeless will face a struggle just to stay safe and escape the cold.

That’s why – outside of our year-round services – Crisis runs special Christmas centres that offer warmth, food, companionship, and access to vital services. Guests can see a doctor or dentist, have a haircut, and get clothes or bags repaired.

But we don’t stop there. At our Christmas centres, we introduce people to our year-round training, education and support with housing, employment and health. This long-term support helps people to rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good.

Crisis at Christmas is a huge volunteer effort, and last year more than 4,000 people came through the doors of 15 our centres across Britain. For many, Crisis at Christmas offers a chance to relax, regain confidence and plan for the future in a supportive environment, away from the immediate hardships of homelessness.

We’re asking members of the public who want to help to support our work this Christmas and year-round – so we can be there for everyone who needs us and give people in the most vulnerable circumstances support to leave homelessness behind for good.

To find out more or donate to Crisis for Christmas visit: www.crisis.org.uk

Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive, Crisis.