August 14, 2022

I LOVE the analogy, and the very first thing that involves thoughts in regards to the Financial institution of England and its management of our economic system is “the lunatics in command of the asylum.”

After I studied economics at college within the bygone days of my barren youth, I used to be taught that rates of interest had been used to scale back demand in an overheated economic system fueled by low-cost cash that fueled the patron increase. In different phrases, you used this crude instrument to affect components over which you had management.

Nevertheless, our present inflationary pressures come from components past our management.

The primary ones that everybody, together with the Financial institution of England, acknowledge are the rise in meals and gasoline costs, primarily brought on by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its penalties. Elevating rates of interest won’t drive President Putin to come back to his senses and make peace in Ukraine.

In truth, he’s most likely laughing into his vodka as he watches these financial illiterates take actions that may really gasoline inflation and plunge us right into a year-long recession.

This time the financial forecasts will develop into right, as a result of they create the circumstances for his or her gloomy predictions to come back true.

Can the Financial institution of England inform us how a lot of an rate of interest hike will encourage us to eat much less or cease heating our properties? Can they inform us why a rise in mortgage charges (one of many baskets of products we measure inflation towards) won’t trigger inflation to rise additional?

As well as, greater rates of interest might strengthen the pound, which makes imported items cheaper, which means we’ll see UK corporations go bust as folks need to vote with their toes and store for the cheaper choice. So sure, we are going to most likely have a recession.

We’d like a complicated method to this disaster. The Financial institution of England will not be able to go, so perhaps we are able to repair Gordon Brown’s stupidity and get him again beneath authorities management so we have now sound financial coverage.

We should cease this financial insanity, and we should do it as quickly as doable, in any other case tens of millions of individuals will face pointless poverty.

William Thomson, Denny, Stirlingshire.


MY mom has been on the ready checklist for a cataract analysis since December of final yr. Yesterday she obtained a letter asking her to name in regards to the assembly.

She was instructed that, dwelling within the NHS Lothian space, she might both wait at the least 18 months earlier than going to a watch clinic or make an earlier appointment at Golden Jubilee Hospital, west of Glasgow.

She’s fortunate I can take her to appointments like this – however what about all these older individuals who want cataract surgical procedure once they haven’t got anybody to take them to the opposite aspect of the nation?

Again in 2016, SNP promised us 5 new scheduled and diagnostic remedy facilities to be constructed by final yr. Covid could nicely have performed a task, however not within the first 4 years once we by no means heard of the virus.

To ease rising ready lists, final August the Scottish SNP authorities introduced its NHS restoration plan, which included 10 Nationwide Therapy Facilities (NTCs). As with all SNP bulletins, way more was promised than will ever be delivered.

It might be completely comprehensible if one or two of the deliberate NTCs had been delayed, however at the least 5 of them will not open by the 2026 completion date.

A part of the delay seems to be because of the have to make buildings extra sustainable. You could not reconcile. We’ve folks determined for life-saving or life-enhancing surgical procedure, or simply ready to be seen.

We would even have folks dying on that ready checklist, all as a result of the federal government needs to be seen as “inexperienced”. The precedence for all governments have to be to avoid wasting lives and do all the things doable to shortly construct these facilities and practice personnel to work in them. Sturgeon wants to chop by way of the bureaucratic pink tape, abandon the advantage indicators, and get these facilities up and operating.

Jane Luks, Aberlor.


WHEREAS The Herald is so desirous to publish the harmful nonsense preached by fossil gasoline trade advocates, most lately Charles Wardrop (Letters, August 5), I’m shocked that the paper didn’t report the assertion made on this week. António Guterres, UN Secretary Normal.

His phrases boiled right down to the truth that it’s immoral for oil and gasoline corporations to obtain report income from the vitality disaster.

He went on to level out that these income are generated on the expense of the poorest folks and communities, and such income are unsustainable as many individuals around the globe are dealing with not solely monetary destroy but in addition starvation.

I’ve to ask folks like Mr. Wardrop in regards to the nature of their skilled expertise that justifies their expectation that your readers can pay any consideration to their opinions.

They, after all, would have each proper to ask me the identical query, to which I might reply that I absolutely depend on the opinion of the overwhelming majority of the world scientific group.

John Milne, Wuddington.


READER Duncan (Letters, August 4) asks if we have now discovered something from “the lengthy and radical reign of Margaret Thatcher, who definitely knew her thoughts.”

Properly, “lengthy and radical” is certainly one strategy to put it.

In fact, she knew what she wished to realize and the way (as was typically noticed) to create the circumstances that may permit her insurance policies to be applied. She confirmed powerful management traits.

But it surely’s additionally value noting that her perception that she was at all times proper and her rising incapacity to tolerate dissent led to numerous misjudgments on her half and to her changing into an electoral legal responsibility to her personal get together.

Additionally it is value declaring the irreversible injury it has accomplished to many Scottish communities within the title of progress.

S. Campbell, Glasgow.


OUR democracy has organized for a most of 0.23 per cent of all the UK inhabitants to elect our subsequent prime minister.

Expertise tells us that this isn’t the easiest way. Do not decrease your head – I am shopping for a tin helmet!

Dr. Lindsey Neal, Selkirk.


AMATEUR movie critics like me (film buffs, if you’ll), at all times desirous to be overheard on the GFT Bar, vociferating references to William Goldmanism and Spinal Faucet, have a keenness for Hollywood’s idea of artistic hell.

The form of purgatory that Glasgow’s macabre Batgirl film finds itself in appears to be a extra boring affair, of curiosity primarily to accountants.

I’m grateful to Nicola Love (“Belt Tightening, Tax Reliefs, and Streaming Snub: Why Warner Bros Determined to Kill the Batgirl Film,” Aug. 4) for her compelling conclusion that the extra distribution and promoting price range for this movie was merely thought of a throwaway. good cash for unhealthy.

It nearly spared me the cynical fantasy that such dependable headline protection of the movie’s evaluation could possibly be a part of a nifty advertising and marketing technique to irresistibly place it as a “so unhealthy it is good” prospect with an inevitable camp viewers. franchise custom.

James McLeod, Cardonald.


IF solely the cancellation of Batgirl would trigger studios to reverse the obnoxious (however admittedly vastly profitable) development of superhero/sci-fi movies in favor of clever, considerate movies with character sorely missing for a lot of grownup moviegoers.

D Stewart, Glasgow.


The formidable Uri Geller could also be good at redesigning cutlery and ruining a penalty shootout in Scotland in 1966, so why wasn’t I impressed by his beneficiant supply to make use of the facility of his thoughts and create a “golden protect within the sky” to swerve and bounce again? any nuclear weapons that Putin goals on the west of Scotland? (Query of the Day: Uri Geller’s Warning on Russia’s “Energy of Cause”, August 5).

A couple of years in the past I had the consideration of visiting the nuclear submarine base at Faslane with my Rotary Membership. To say that the protection of the operation and the professionalism of the 2 younger naval officers who guided our tour had been spectacular is an understatement.

Good luck Mr Geller. Thanks however no. Pie within the sky, golden or in any other case, will not be on my menu. I am going to stick to the professionals.

Within the meantime, if issues go to hell, my clear white sheet and the situation of the closest graveyard are at hand.

R Russell Smith, Largs.


N. I. HOLMES is considerably involved in regards to the risk that every pupil will probably be given a commemorative ebook, and desires that “high quality textbooks on fashionable historical past be out there in

our faculties” as an alternative (Letters, August 3).

For the Queen’s coronation in 1953, my associates and I obtained a coronation mug and a card from our native Prescott Metropolis Council. Probably the most royal indoctrination I keep in mind was when attending her marriage ceremony gown present at St. George’s Corridor in Liverpool, and I remarked that after I grew up and bought married, I would really like one thing like that. In fact Hardy Amies will not do it for me.

I now maintain in my hand a ebook given to my late husband in reminiscence of the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937.

The within cowl says that it was given to Iwan Edwards (my late husband, referred to as Jim) by the Prescott Metropolis Council on Could 12, 1937.

It is stuffed with particulars of the king’s life and images of essential occasions of these days. My husband stated he did not actually have a look at it, however his mom did.

I need to say that neither of us was nervous through the occasions as struggle was looming for Jim and I used to be pleased that sweets had been extra available as I used to be instructed they weren’t on the black market.

Will right now’s children ever get tired of a brand new anniversary ebook once they’re preoccupied with their digital units? In all probability no. So perhaps Mr. Holmes takes care of himself an excessive amount of?

I need to confess that I’ve loved studying Jim’s ebook on the coronation all these years since. I nonetheless have my card, however the mug disappeared years in the past.

Thelma Edwards, Kelso.


In an AA TV industrial, a patrolman leaves the automobile, absorbed in his pill, then returns to the automobile, waving to his supposedly happy buyer, however with out the aforementioned pill. Presumably a mistake by the actor-patrolman, however definitely a critical oversight.

Allan C Metal, Giffnock.

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