Sir, – I was so proud when my son Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders was invited to an audience with Prince Philip on Tuesday, July 2, at Holyrood Palace as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
He spoke with his Royal Highness for over 30 minutes. The Prince was very interested to hear about his six month tour of Afghanistan which ended in March this year.
Gordon is now the officer in charge of the Officer Training Corps which is attached to Edinburgh University. Prince Philip is the Honorary Colonel of the Officer Training Corps and is following its progress with great interest.
When Gordon mentioned his mother lives in Linlithgow, the Prince said he had visited there twice in the past and remembered it with fondness.
All too soon the audience was over and as Gordon was leaving who should be waiting to go in but [Black Bitch] Alex Salmond. – Yours etc.,
Lack of respect
Sir, – What concerns me about the Olympics is not financial cost, road congestion, much over-rated threats to civil liberties or the virtual monopolising of the airwaves with a monoculture of sportive “news”.
Rather, it is the knowledge that if an event giving rise to national mourning occurred (similar to the death of Lady Diana or the Queen Mother), the games could not be abandoned as a mark of respect due to contractual obligations.
Were the next few weeks to see the sad loss of any of our Royal Family or Lady Thatcher, the British people could never continue with the games in a spirit of enforced jollity.
Yet, that is precisely what the promoters and sponsors of this tawdry sporting circus would attempt to ensure. – Yours etc.,
JOHN EOIN DOUGLAS
Spey Terrace, Edinburgh
Sir, - We read with concern the recent Tax Action report from Unbiased.co.uk which reveals that British taxpayers are not taking advantage of the help available to them and more than £7 billion in means-tested tax credits is going unclaimed.
Our own research echoes these findings and discovered that two-thirds of those on low incomes in the United Kingdom were not claiming in-work benefits they may be entitled to, with a staggering 89 per cent of those eligible unaware they were entitled.
This is the case despite the fact that two-thirds had experienced a fundamental change to their working conditions such as a decrease in working hours or a change in salary.
What makes this even more worrying is that of those who were claiming working tax credits, almost half said that should they stop, they would have to consider ceasing employment altogether, as it may actually lead to a reduction in their household income.
If work is to pay, increasing the take up of in-work benefits is vital.
We believe the government needs to do more to improve the communication around the availability of tax credits and encourage employers to signpost their workers to such financial support.
Our free and confidential website – www.turn2us.org.uk has a benefits calculator which allows people to check their eligibility for welfare benefits and tax credits.
We urge anyone who is unsure of the tax credits system or who has experienced a change in their circumstances to log on and see what they might be entitled to.
Elizabeth Finn Care
200 Shepherds Bush Road,