Letters to the editor

Bunkers bonkers!

Sir,– Readers may not be aware that Climate Research and Prevention has been looking at various ways to reduce CO2 emissions and that golf courses are part of their remit.

Golfers drive to golf courses thus substantially adding to their carbon footprint. Recharging golf trolleys consumes the equivalent of 10 banned light bulbs. A CO2 emission limit will be allocated to each golfer by way of a carbon swipe card. Anyone exceeding his or her allowance will have a “carbon golf tax” imposed. The committee decreed that all golf entry fees have a “carbon golf tax” of 10 per cent added to offset that golfer’s carbon footprint. This tax will also be added to golf flights.

Hotels and guesthouses have already been instructed to add this tax to room rates.

In a move to make golf courses more eco-friendly the committee recommend that parts of each course are set aside for allotments so that the UK quickly becomes self sufficient in vegetable production. At least six bunkers must be set aside for growing carrots and other parts of the course for growing potatoes. If a golf ball lands in these areas then a free drop is allowed but a two stoke penalty will be imposed on anyone seen eating the carrots.

A proposal to allow cattle and sheep onto golf courses was narrowly rejected by the committee. These measures will reduce the annual CO2 emissions by over 526 million tonnes thus allowing politicians and the green lobby to claim to have saved the planet.

Climate Research and Prevention will next be turning their attention to recreational skiing, which has experienced marvellous conditions due to “global warming”.–Yours etc.,


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Faith issue

Sir,– In response to Mr Willox’s letter last week, what right has he to “urge” people on how to answer questions on their personal belief? Our nation of Scotland was once a God-fearing nation living according to His morals and standards.

When I look at our country, and indeed the world, where people “do their own thing”, “go their own way”, I see prisons full, a lack of discipline at all levels especially in schools.

We have been given a rich heritage from our forefathers, so instead of writing none in the census perhaps we could reflect on our beliefs. The Bible says if we have faith even as small as a mustard seed, we can do great things. The Christian gospel message is a message of hope, hope for today and hope for eternity.–Yours etc.,


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Camera fear

Sir,– I am writing in response to an article published in the Linlithgow Gazette on Friday, March 25, entitled ‘Spy kids,’ which I read with great interest. As the Assistant Commissioner for Scotland at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), I wish to clarify the ICO’s position with respect to the matter.

The regulation of CCTV under the Data Protection Act 1998 is the responsibility of the ICO. CCTV is an emotive subject which often raises privacy concerns and the ICO’s CCTV Code of Practice provides in-depth advice to CCTV operators explaining the rules that they must follow when they gather, store and release CCTV images of individuals.

While we welcome the requirement for parents, staff and pupils to be consulted about the installation of any proposed system, it is nevertheless our view that the use of CCTV in school toilets should only be considered in the most exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis.–Yours etc.,


Assistant Commissioner


Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Glory days

Sir,– Your Peep at the Past photograph last week, showing Linlithgow Rose officials displaying their silverware in the back of a vintage car, was actually taken at the Linlithgow Gala Day in 1965, and not at the Marches as you stated.

On Marches Day in 1965, the victorious Rose players and officials took part in the procession in a white open-topped double-decker bus, supplied by the Eastern Scottish bus company. They proudly displayed the five trophies they had won that season, including the coveted Scottish Junior Cup. Their last success – a Lanark and Lothians Cup win over Shotts Bon Accord – had taken place at Newtown Park, Bo’ness on the eve of the Marches. I recall having my photo taken as a kilted six year old with the five trophies outside St Ninian’s Church on the Gala Day. In those days, the Gala Day procession started from the West Port. There was no open-topped double decker that day and the trophies were carried in the 1926 Alvis motor car belonging to the Gazette editor, Mr Arthur Brown, known locally as Paw Broon, like the famous cartoon character from the Sunday Post. As you rightly say, the photo shows Rose officials Tam Grant and Alex “Finnie” Fowler.–Yours etc.,


Chalmers’ Buildings,

Main Street,

Linlithgow Bridge.

Parade woe

Sir,– It is with grave concern I write to you after having witnessed the church parade with the Scouts through Linlithgow High Street on Sunday, March 27, having seen first hand the blatant disregard of the Public Procession’s Act, that is, no vehicle to be within a certain distance doing over a certain speed.

I’ve heard many complaints from the great volunteers who, in their free time, organise these events and saw terrified children in tears as another bus hurtled toward them. Why weren’t the children protected and given the full street as they have been in years gone by? –Yours etc.,


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Bridge name

Sir,–I think that an appropriate name for the new bridge would be The Queen Margaret Bridge, as it was Queen Margaret who founded the first ferry crossing, thus giving the names to both North and South Queensferry. She is, after all, also one of Scotland’s patrons, or should that be “Matron”, Saints. I think it would be fitting to honour her memory in this way.–Yours etc.,


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