Readers' letters - March 24

There's no upside for the Scots if they leave Britain

The UK Government has enough on its plate at the moment with the Brexit negotiations, but if the Scottish leader presses on with her plan and the people of Scotland vote to leave the UK, it could cause them more problems than they have thought of.

Scotland was only a member of Europe through the UK membership.

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European leaders said that if the UK pulls out, then Scotland would no longer be a member and would have to apply to become a member.

If Scotland leaves the UK they will stand alone, not a UK or a EC member, which will also impact upon their bargaining and trading position.

There would have to be a real border and customs system set up which would have to be fenced between Scotland and England to stop illegal entry from other countries via Scotland, which would mean that anything shipped between the two countries would come under export/import rules.

After weighing up the finances of Scotland and their subsidies with the rest of the UK, I can’t see any upside for the Scottish people. They are already getting more than the English.

Dave Croucher

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Think before

you hatch eggs

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Egg-hatching projects are becoming increasingly popular with teachers

and primary school

pupils as a classroom activity.

Unfortunately, little consideration is usually given to the chicks or ducklings once they are hatched.

It is very difficult to provide optimal conditions in a classroom incubator and, as a result, chicks may be sickly, dehydrated and poorly developed when they hatch.

Chick organs often stick to the sides of the shell as a result of the eggs not being turned properly.

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Animal Aid is repeatedly being contacted from parents and teachers concerned about the fate

of the birds once the

school has finished with them.

Some teachers have reported that birds have been born with deformities and needed veterinary attention. Animal Aid has worked alongside a number of sanctuaries in the UK and consulted with the RSPCA and the British Hen Welfare Trust to produce a factsheet highlighting certain issues that schools should be aware of before embarking on these projects.

To download or order a factsheet visit:

Karin Reynolds

Education Service Coordinator

Animal Aid

Young people have very little

We have been expecting interest rates to go up, we are told importing daily food is more expensive and so we have to accept it, yes?


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The banks have laid off thousands of staff since the CRASH and lots of other items have gone up, every thing up but savers rates.

Why can’t the Bank of England force banks to do this?

Then more people would save.

And what’s this about wages going up?

One of our granddaughters has a good degree.

She is working for £7.20 per hour and young people have to wait until they are 25 for more than £8 per hour.

When we were 25, we had three children and a mortgage we could just about afford.

What have the young people got today? Very little.

Mrs B C Hughes

via email