DAVID Roxburgh and Susan Readman hit the nail on the head with their letters (July 22) on the condition of Glasgow. Their comparison of the state of Glasgow to other European cities rings very true.
There is some good news though. The city councillors and senior management of Glasgow’s cleansing department do not need to visit Vienna, Strasbourg, Krakow or Basle on a fact-finding mission to see immaculately clean streets and public areas. They simply need to jump on a number 900 bus from Buchanan Street Bus Station and head 50 miles east to see the vibrant tourist destination that is Edinburgh. Litter-free streets and pavements, adequate numbers of regularly-emptied fit-for-purpose litter bins and a population that appears to have pride in its environment.
Clive Bell, Glasgow G41.
AS I read David J Crawford’s letter (July 23) on Glasgow, I could only reflect that here in North Ayrshire we also have to bear the neglect to our public areas.
Although the brunt of many Diary stories we Kilwinning residents are proud of our town. I often wonder what the many visitors to Kilwinning Abbey and the famous Mother Lodge of Scotland must think of foot-high weeds growing out of footpaths and the general neglect of the town. North Ayrshire Council directors, hang your heads in shame.
Stuart McInnes, Kilwinning.
HOW refreshing to read Emeritus Professor Maitles’s clear separation of the implications around anti-Semitism and criticism of Israel and Zionism (“Root out the anti-Semites – and back Palestinians”, Agenda, The Herald, July 23). Perhaps if Jeremy Corbyn had requested the professor to explain this to himself and his party authorities, and had him write the Labour Party’s script then stick to that for public engagement and party discipline, we might now have an effective opposition, able to concentrate on matters of serious importance instead of one mired in a mess largely of its own making.
Anti-Semitism is wrong in any guise, but criticism of Israel (or any other state) and Zionism (or any other religio-nationalist movement) should not be excoriated for that reason.
Brian Chrystal, Edinburgh EH14.
Tit for tat
WHETHER it suited our judiciary and the Anglo-American governments to believe, it was almost certainly the shooting down of an Iranian passenger plane full of pilgrims by the renegade US cruiser Vincennes which led to the tit-for-tat bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie.
Sending 42 Commando’s “rapid response unit” to seize an Iranian oil tanker in dubious circumstances was bound to provoke retaliation (“Britain seeks European-led force to protect Gulf ships”, the Herald, July 23, and Letters, July 23). Burdened by Gordon Brown’s futile aircraft carriers we don’t have the warships to guard children’s sail boats in Kensington’s Round Pond.
Rev Dr John Cameron, St Andrews.
OUR new golfing star, Robert MacIntyre, has caused a furore over his lambasting of one of his partners for not shouting fore after hitting a wayward drive (“Raking over the coals of a memorable Portrush Open”, Herald Sport, July 23). I agree entirely with Mr Macintyre, it should come automatically for any golfer to do so, irrespective of whether there are lots of marshalls around.
The incident reminds me of Tiger Woods’s final round in this year’s Masters. He left it to others to do his calling, including his partner Ian Poulter.
It says much for Woods’s focus that he merely bent down to pick up his tee but apparently unworried at the effect it might have on the public or his playing partner. A selfish way to win 15 majors.
Willie Towers, Alford.