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8 MARCH 2021
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The Scottish rules
BTN is introducing “Letter of the Week”. No prizes unless someone wants to sponsor.
In response to the BTN story published1 March Scottish anger Peter Smart of Laurencekirk writes to point out that Holyrood has effectively purloined the border rules.
“Little wonder Derek Provan is agitated. Along with the complementary hospitality and tourism sectors, also lacking any guidance – all important sectors to the Scottish economy. Although immigration and aviation policies are supposed to be functions reserved to Westminster, Scottish decisions are predicated on public health policy, which is a delegated function. Hence our different quarantine provisions and inexcusable difference in speed when it comes to aviation and tourism. Not an ideal situation.”
All comments are filtered to exclude any excesses but the Editor does not have to agree with what is being said. 100 words maximum
Stuart Fisher, Malmesbury
Re Peter Smart's letter of the week: A tourism industry related trip to Scotland last year was in the grey area of what was allowed. Rather than transgress, I checked first with with Police Scotland for a yes/no answer. They said they would not make decisions and referred me to the Scottish Government. That was in early June. The Scottish Government replied in December. Did that help, they asked.
Tim Procter, United Kingdom
Very sad death of Mon. Dassault in a helicopter crash in Normandy last evening. He was in a AS350 single engined Squrrel. As the 361th richest man on earth, why wasnt he in an S76 twin, twin crew, twin controls, min 2500 hrs in command both seats? His accountants saved money. Their client is now dead.
Sandra Scott, Carlisle
Very good idea “Letter of the Week”. I assume it is the editor who makes the decision. This week’s one is first class but I suspect that the Scottish question is on the back burner as far as Westminster is concerned. Macbeth and co are in any event self-destructing.