Letters to the editor

This weeks letters sent to us.

Hold on

Mr Dons article

Madam - Writing in the Leader (December 25) Nigel Don says “the consequence of the UK Governments budget will make the poorest poorer and the richest richer. Tories mayb be happy with that, I’m not.”

Hold on Mr Don, wasn’t it the SNP with your support who gave the richest people free university education for their children, leaving them with more money in their pockets? Didn’t you and the SNP give the richest people free prescriptions, again, letting them keep their riches? Didn’t you and the SNP freeze the council tax leaving the richest proportionally better off than the poor?

It isn’t in the Tories interest to have the poor getting poorer as they will need greater state assistance but the SNP semms happy enough to let the rich get richer. The poor people are just that, poorer, but that doesn’t make them stupid. They can see the failings in our health system, our schools and our council services, problems which could be eased with a fairer distribution of wealth. Nicola Sturgeon promised more equal society in Scotland but I can see no sign of it yet. Is it, as always, a case that some people will always be more equal than others. Yours etc,.

Bruce A Proctor

Newtonhill

The apprentice

Not how I see it

Madam, – Whilst over six and half millionmembers of the public tuned in to watch The Apprentice on BBC One at the beginning of December and saw an entertaining reality show, I personally saw a show which discriminates against disabled people, broadcast to an entire nation and beyond.

Since The Apprentice started in 2005, 177 candidates have taken part in the show in order to impress Alan Sugar – but not one of those candidates has been visibly disabled. That’s a staggering statistic when you think about it; out of the 11 series aired and nearly 200 candidates selected, not one disabled person has been involved in the show. Ever.

What The Apprentice would appear to do is drive the wedge even further between disabled and able-bodied people. It perpetuates the idea that a disabled person can’t compete with the other candidates – this despite disabled people making up 19 per cent[2] of the working population.

The show displays a diverse range of candidates when it comes to other issues. Genders, religions, sexualities, races and social backgrounds have all been equally represented – so why not disabilities?

The British Polio Fellowship campaigns tirelessly for disability rights across the UK as many of our members live with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), a condition which leaves many requiring wheelchairs and other forms of aids and adaptations to move. Around 120,000 people in the UK live with PPS. With around 11.9 million disabled people in the UK, disability is an area that needs support, understanding and backing by those in the spotlight. Lord Sugar sounds like the perfect candidate for this, don’t you think?

If you are interested in getting involved with British Polio or need the charity’s support, please call on Freephone 0800 043 1935, email at info@britishpolio.org.uk or visit the website at www.britishpolio.org.uk. – Yours, etc.,

Ted Hill MBE

CEO

The British Polio Fellowship

Getting fitter

Swim English channgell

Sir, – We’re heading into a new year and it’s the perfect time to think about getting fitter.

So, why not swim the distance of the English Channel – in your own local swimming pool?

Diabetes UK is inviting people to sign up to its Swim22 challenge, which starts on 22 February.

Twenty-two miles might sound a long way, but swimmers get three months to cover the distance at their own pace. You can even split up the 22 miles between a team of friends, family or workmates – and then you can fundraise together too.

Money raised through sponsorship will help us to fund research into diabetes, campaign on key issues, and offer education and support to more of the 3.5 million people in the UK who are diagnosed with the condition including over 276,000 people in Scotland.

Swimming is a great way of keeping fit and active, and can help you to maintain a healthy weight which is key to reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Swimming is also a good way for people with diabetes to get active which, along with eating a healthy diet, can help to maintain a healthy weight and manage their condition well.

Sign up today by visiting www.diabetes.org.uk/swim22 or calling 0345 123 2399.

Susie Williamson

Diabetes UK Regional

Fundraiser – Scotland

Local Heros

Heart Hero Awards

Madam - Who are your local Heart Heroes? For the first time your readers are invited to nominate the people they believe deserve a Heart Hero Award from British Heart Foundation Scotland.

The charity’s Heart Hero Awards recognise and celebrate the exceptional contribution of individuals and groups who are fighting for every heartbeat in Scotland, such as heart patients who are campaigning for better services, fundraisers, scientists and health professionals.

There are five award categories: Inspiration Award; Young Hero Award; Innovation Award; Influencing Award and Fighting Spirit Award.

Coronary heart disease is still Scotland’s biggest killer and every family has been affected one way or another, whether they’ve felt the sudden devastation of losing someone to a heart attack, or they’re caring for a child or teenager born with congenital heart disease.

Look around and ask yourself who has impressed you with their drive and determination to make life better for people affected by heart disease? They might be someone who’s campaigning for better services for heart patients, a fundraiser who’s brilliant at organising community events or a heart patient who’s inspiring others by overcoming daily challenges.

It’s really easy to nominate your friend, colleague or relative and they could be one of BHF Scotland’s Heart Heroes in 2016.

Nominations should be made online at bhf.org.uk/heartheroes and all entries will be considered. A shortlist will be drawn up and winners will be announced at the Heart Hero Awards in Glasgow in June.

For further information please email heartheroes@bhf.org.uk

Yours etc,

James Cant

Director, BHF Scotland

Garden Theft

Stop stealing from my garden

Madam - May I through your paper send a message to the person or persons who keep removing things from my garden to politely ring the bell and tell me what you want.

To date articles missing are: a small snow shovel, with my name engraved on the handle, a cement pig and just this last weekend a sign saying ‘Hello’ ‘Welcome’ etc. I was brought up to be polite and appreciate if other people could do the same.

Yours etc,

A Black

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