Queen’s motorcade, global warming and King George VI

Sir, – Regarding the Queen’s last voyage from Balmoral. I stood to watch in Potarch, Deeside, alongside hundreds of people, young and old, some in wheelchairs, on both sides of the road.

The entourage just bombed Deeside at 40 or 50 mph. If you blinked, you missed the coffin, and I’m sure many did. An old man said he didn’t have time to lower his head and a lady also said she missed the passage of the coffin.

What was the point of everyone traveling to pay homage to the queen we loved when children taken there will have no memory of seeing her on her last trip?

It would not have been a problem for the motorcade to slow down when passing sections of road with large crowds. We feel cheated and angry.

We were treated with contempt.

It left a bad taste in my mouth instead of what should have been a hot feeling. Who decided to make it a race? Organizers ? Police Scotland? Shame on them.

The Queen, who loved Deeside and its people, would have been so sad about it.

And the BBC announces live on TV that the Scots are not “emotional” or care about the same as the English. Well, probably not now.

Will the funeral also take place at 50mph?

Hugh and Irene Spencer, Westwood Way, Westhill.

Prophetic words from 70 years ago

Sir, – I would like to share with readers a few words that my late father, the Reverend Douglas Sutherland, wrote to his congregation at West Parish Church, Inverness, after the death of King George VI in February 1952.

After speaking of Queen Victoria’s death, he wrote: “Some day when, we hope, she too will be an old, old woman, that same hour will strike for the beautiful young woman who is now our queen.

“And the silver cord gradually loosening from his mind may also return – over the years, when Philip, Duke of Edinburgh announced the news in the royal box hours after that carefree night in the treetops in Kenya.

“We have a sure hope that by the grace of God and through the stability of that character which she has already so strongly built, our Queen will meet that day, when it comes, with the same peace of mind and d mind than Victoria.”

I’m sure those words written over 70 years ago arrived on Thursday.

Ian Sutherland, Airyhall Gardens, Aberdeen.

Collaboration is key to UK success

Sir, – Boris Johnson’s exit to No 10 reeks of narcissism, he doesn’t care about his successor or the rest of the UK. His relay because “they changed the rules” (not his attacks on the norms of our constitution), along with other suggestions of a return to ancient Rome, all undermine rather than help his successor.

However, Truss pays naive homage to him, from kyiv but not quite to Scotland – why stop at Carlisle?

And she ignorantly uses Russian Kyiv, rather than Ukrainian Kyiv. Maybe anywhere north of Carlisle or Kyiv fails to register in his thoughts?

Truss delivered nothing as Trade Secretary (renewal of existing deals with EU, stress for UK agriculture over new deals with Australasia, no US deal beneficial to UK) and as as Foreign Secretary has prolonged Northern Ireland’s stalemate. So what “super inclusive policies” can we expect, given its exclusion of nonconforming sycophants?

We desperately need cross-party and internal cooperation from all parties (Scotland and UK), not extreme factions vying within the Conservative Party to control their leader.

It’s more important than Truss or whoever is PM. Johnson’s extended outing from No 10 is further deepening divisions.

Where are the collaborative politicians these days?

Mike Hannan, Earlswells Place, Cults, Aberdeen.

Traffic lights cause rush hour queues

Dear Sir, The eastbound traffic lights at the Auchmill Road / Haudagain Bypass Junction, towards the roundabout, turn red for a long time, resulting in long queues during the evening rush hour, as before the construction of the bypass. Since no traffic from any other source can enter this section of road, why are these traffic lights turned red?

This new road has cost millions, but the benefits have yet to be fully realized simply due to traffic light adjustments.

I have already reported this on your website with no change or response, and also contacted Aberdeen City Councilbut since they are not to take responsibility for this section of road until April 2023, they referred me to you and this email address.

Sam Petchey, Queen Street, Aberdeen.

Do not deny the effects of climate change

Sir, – Dr. Charles Wardrop is apparently a retired doctor. He cites a well-known climate denier, Professor Happer, as an authoritative source in his letter.

This is typical of climate change misinformation. You find a scientist who disagrees and literally ignore the thousands of scientists working in the field of climate science and the tons of work published by the UN.

Why does The P&J keep feeding this nonsense? A letter from Dr. Wardrop in Monday’s paper and another on Tuesday as well? Give us a break!

Science is about the body of evidence, not just one individual’s point of view. This is how it works.

You can deny the truth, but nature has a horrible habit of ignoring it. So this year alone, 16 million trees had to be felled after winter storms here. Crops are affected by drought in the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Portugal. An area the size of the UK underwater in Pakistan. Unprecedented temperature records and wildfires in many places. Just to mention a few of the effects that are becoming increasingly clear.

Lesley Ellis, Reekitlane, Tarland.

Fueling global warming hysteria

Sir, – There’s been a lot in your pages of letters regarding global warming and the so-called catastrophe that’s supposed to be approaching.

There is no doubt that the climate is warming. Some of those who live in Aberdeenshire will remember the snows of 50 years ago that don’t happen now.

However, everything these days seems to be blamed on climate change, the latest being the “golf ball sized hailstones” recently in Spain.

I remember being on vacation in France about 40 years ago when a similar phenomenon occurred, damaging property and cars.

There has also been a lot of talk about the floods in Pakistan with a similar climate change label.

These monsoon floods occur quite regularly.

The world’s population has increased dramatically, but we are still able to feed this ever-increasing number.

The famines that have occurred in history have been, for the most part, due to cold periods in the world’s climate.

Even the IPCC admits in its latest report that evidence supporting increases in hurricanes, droughts and floods is sparse.

Too many politicians and others have listened to frightened activists (and those with a political agenda) and stoking the hysteria that history tells us is unwarranted.

Mike Salter, Glassel, Banchory.

It’s time to recognize the nuclear veterans

Sir, – One of Boris Johnson’s last acts as Prime Minister was to write an open letter to armed forces personnel involved in the UK’s nuclear testing program in the 1950s.

On June 6 this year, he met with a group of veterans, families and supporters, where he heard stories of some of the problems they had encountered since those tests. He then promised to look into ways in which their service could be recognized.

In the letter he thanked veterans for their role in developing the UK’s independent nuclear deterrent, and along with other methods of recognition he said he strongly believed that ‘you all deserve to be honored with a medal”.

October 3 will be the 70th anniversary of Britain’s first nuclear test, Operation Hurricane, where a nuclear device was detonated in the hull of HMS Pymm off the northwest coast of Australia.

Colin Moir, Main Street, Hatton.

The storm is brewing due to lack of wind

Sir, – It may have escaped the attention of Nicola Sturgeon and her green pals at Holyrood as they zealously pursue their IndyRef2 campaign that a report is available which shows the wind speed for 2021 was the second lowest in 50 years, and the average wind speed in the UK last year fell from 9.7 knots in 2020 to 8.6 knots in 2021.

It must be assumed that this is the effect of global warming, and as such the situation with wind power generation will gradually worsen as it blows less and less over the years. years.

So where does the energy come from when the wind isn’t blowing?

I’m old enough to remember when every small town and market town in Scotland had coal, gas and electricity on site, and if memory serves Dounreay research was done on a small reactor developed for nuclear power. submarines, as HMS Vulcan.

As a result of this, or perhaps not, Rolls-Royce produced a Small Modular Reactor (SMR). Rather than investing in monoliths that take a decade to build, these SMRs could be strategically placed across the country to serve the population when wind power is not available.

When wind power is available, these SMRs, if stationed near the coast, could be involved in the production of hydrogen and the desalination of seawater which could be pumped to storage facilities at the inland to serve the population and the agricultural industry in times of drought, which we have seen recently, and according to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) will be an annual issue.

These SMRs must be approved by the Dutch government, which was the first in a long series to anticipate the problems of dependence on Russian fossil fuels, and among the first to sever ties with the current regime.

Maybe it’s time for that SNP Governmentinstead of wasting taxpayers’ money on SNP frivolities, thinking outside the box to see what is clearly and most certainly looming on the horizon.

Alexander Sutherland, Hilton Drive, Aberdeen.

No defense for this offensive outburst

Sir, – According to our First Minister, the people of Scotland would be offended that Prime Minister Liz Truss once called her an ‘attention seeker’.

I presume one of those mortally offended souls was Ian Beattie.

It seems, however (Letters, 10 September) that he finds it perfectly acceptable to call Boris Johnson a “criminal” and a “moron”, Liz Truss “stupid” and an “idiot”, the government collectively as ‘planks’ and all of us who exercised our democratic right to vote for Brexit as ‘baa-heids’.

I’ll leave it up to your readers to decide which is more offensive.

Mike Masson, Oak Tree Avenue, Banchory.

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