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Left has a lot to answer for

Your leading article about Mr. Lauder-Frost (‘Councillor’s extremism ignites storm’, November 21) illustrates the tactics used by what one can only describe as the ‘fascist left’.

These tactics aim to shut down the debate by using character assassination and by attempting to prevent the opposite side from even expressing their opinions (Why does the left always attempt to make other people’s opinions illegal?).

The labels ‘racist’ and ‘extreme right-wing’ are typical, as are labels that actually imply some form of mental illness (phobia or irrational fear), such as ‘Islamophobic’ and ‘homophobic’ (‘Anyone who disagrees with me is mentally ill’ is what it amounts to).

Over the years these tactics have been extraordinarily successful and, amongst other things, account for the repeated failure (refusal) to prosecute Asian grooming gangs and the perpetrators of female genital mutilation (it is estimated that many tens of thousands of girls in the UK are victims but there have been no prosecutions); the cost to the victims (usually young girls) has been high indeed.

However, the tactics of the left no longer work because the British public are beginning to wake up to them and see them for what they are.

The British are the most racially tolerant people in the world but the vast majority of them (over 70% I think) are now very concerned about the level of immigration.

Immigration is one thing; being swamped is quite another.

We are now a minority in our own capital city and social tensions are growing between earlier groups of immigrants (e.g. Pakistanis and Indians) and more recent arrivals (e.g. Romanians).

In Sheffield, for instance, a curfew is in force. I drove into the East End of London the other day and, frankly, I could have been in Baghdad.

With regard to Doreen Lawrence, other people have also suffered terrible personal tragedies and have fought long and hard for justice (but without the backing of the media), including, for instance, the parents of Charlene Downes, a young white girl who appears to have been murdered by a grooming gang and then chopped up and put into kebabs which were sold to the public.

So why was Doreen Lawrence given a life peerage if so many others have suffered as badly as she has?

It is a sad reflection on the state of our country that I suspect that she wouldn’t be sitting in the House of Lords if she had been white. That’s not her fault of course but it is the result of what the left has done to this country.

Mr Lauder-Frost doesn’t hate black people (or brown or yellow people) but he does, I suspect, hate what the left has done to his country.

Graham Senior-Milne,

Castle Street, Norham.

No storm at meeting

Your article last Thursday vilifying Gregory Lauder-Frost was a disgrace.

I have spoken to another councillor who said there was no “storm” at the council meeting and that everyone supports him.

Is it your contention that in future all councillors should subscribe to Mrs Alison Hibbert’s left-wing political agenda to qualify serving the community?

S. Gladstone,

Old School, Mordington.


Mistaken belief over pound

The idea that somehow the UK Government could prevent an independent Scotland from continuing to use the pound is based on the mistaken belief that somehow the pound would be in the “ownership” of what remains of the rest of the UK.

The pound is as much the currency of Scotland as it is of the rest of the UK.

For an independent Scotland to continue to use the pound makes economic sense for both parties.

The UK balance of trade deficit right now is £35billion a year and Scottish oil and gas exports amount to £30billion, with Scotland being the second biggest export market for the rest of the UK after the US.

For Scotland not to continue to use sterling would double the sterling zone trade imbalance and have a massive negative impact on the currency, destroying English jobs

Maintaining the currency union post independence will help Scotland with trade and energy sales to the rest of the UK, and in addition help the rest of the UK maintain the sterling zone’s balance of payments at a manageable level.

While the political union stopped working long ago in Scotland’s favour the currency union still makes sense and will be of equal benefit to both Scotland and the rest of the UK if maintained.

For the rest of the UK to try and prevent Scotland continue to use sterling would be tantamout to economic suicide, effectively cutting off its nose to spite its face.

Alex Orr,

Leamington Terrace, Edinburgh.

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Volunteer are sought

May I through your publication highlight the good work of East Coast FM, East Lothian’s original and only FM Community Radio Station.

Four years ago innovative individuals formed a community radio station for Haddington and East Lothian first broadcasting on the internet. We then applied for and received charitable status with ORCR the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

Not content broadcasting on the internet we put forward a case to OFCOM to be allowed to broadcast on FM to a potential audience in East Lothian of nearly 100,000 listeners. In April we began broadcasting on FM 107.6.

To fund this members raised funds by bag packing, fayres, various fundraising means along with sponsorship, advertising and donations.

During the years we have been actively involved with events happening in Haddington and around East Lothian. We have supported other charties and community organisations.

At some of our events we broadcast live on FM, we are the only East Lothian Community Radio who broadcast live on FM. East Coast FM have been a pioneer with many original ideas.

Our School Bell show sees high school pupils from East Lothian secondary schools present their own show, Monday to Friday nights from 6-8pm.

Some School Bell presenters have gone on to present other programmes in our busy schedule.

Also on a Thursday evening from 8-10pm we host the Sessions when local artists come in for a chat and play an acoustic set live on 107.6FM.

We are run entirely by volunteers, some of whom require additional support as well as blind and visually impaired, who have gained new confidence working as part of the East Coast FM team. We have been copied by others but we remain the only FM Community Station for the growing and vibrant community of East Lothian.

If you would like to help or become a member of East Coast FM please contact us: Tel 01620827643 or email eastcoastfm.co.uk.

Kenny Stitt,

Chairman East Coast FM


Coldstream Poppy Appeal

On behalf of the Poppy Appeal Scotland I would like to thank all the organisers and collectors who gave unstintingly of their time and energy to raise the magnificent sum of £1,447.

Grateful thank also to the ever generous folks of Coldstream who unfailingly rise to the occasion.

Will Murray,

RBLS Coldstream Branch Poppy Appeal organiser.

Duns collection raises £3,300

The Duns Poppy Appeal tins have now been counted and paid into the bank.

The total sum achieved this year is £3308.82p, well nigh close to last year’s amount, and I would like to thank everyone who gave donations in Duns, Chirnside, Allanton, Swinton, Gavinton and Longformacus.

I would also like to thank the people who so generously gave of their time to rattle tins around the streets, and to the shops and stores – especially the Cadet Forces.

Your efforts are much appreciated every year.

My thanks to you all.

Donald Stokes,

RBLS Duns Branch Chairman


Pigeon loft at Winfield

It has come to our attention that very few people who may be affected by a planned pigeon loft at the disused Winfield Airfield are aware of what is proposed. If you live anywhere near the site we suggest you take a look at the planning application on the SBC website and comment if you deem fit. You only have until Dec 13th to comment!

The loft if approved will house up to 1000 pigeons and some pigeon racing events will be hosted. We are concerned that little or no information about this has been put out to local residents to date.

Derek Russell

Chairman Edrom. Whitsome and Allanton Community Council


Sympathy for the cold staff

What a sarcastic letter from D. Thorburn in reply to the person who complained about the temperature at Morrisons store in Berwick.

This complainant was mainly concerned for the staff working there.

Recently we visited Homebase in Berwick. The tills are right by the main front entrance and the bitter cold wind was blowing through into the story every time they opened. I showed my sympathy to the staff, who agreed how cold it was.

Perhaps D. Thorburn should also ‘get a life’ and think of others working in such conditions.

Jean Cunningham



Burnmouth RNLI concert

On behalf of the members of the Burnmouth RNLI Branch I would like to thank all who came along to our concert on Friday, November 15.

The Podlies once again gave us a great night of entertainment and were enjoyed by everyone. A big thank you to the helpers and all who donated towards the raffle etc.

A total sum of £308 was raised.

I would also like to thank all those who supported our souvenir stall at Eyemouth High School Fayre, Eyemouth Parish Church Fayre and Saltgreens Fayre.

Still needing Christmas cards? We will be at the Christmas Fayre in Burnmouth Village Hall this Saturday.

Margaret Driscoll,

Secretary, Lyndale.


Promising future

It is good to see in the new edition of the Coldstream Community News that the Coldstream Branch and Club of the Royal British Legion appears to have a promising future. I wish the new organisers well.

However, as one who has been involved in running and attending many events in the club I would like to pay tribute to all those who for many years have strived, worked extremely hard and succeeded in keeping it open under very considerable national, building and personnel problems.

Closure has appeared imminent on many occasions, but it has stayed open despite everything and is now the only RBL club in Berwickshire.

Thanks are of course due to all who have rallied round but especially, with their small but loyal band of members and helpers, to the long-serving steward Jim Cockburn and his wife Sheila. They have been unfailingly welcoming and helpful and endlessly attended and helped with events of all kinds, with the day or hours apparently immaterial to them.

They deserve our very grateful thanks and best wishes for a well deserved long and happy retirement.

Caroline Douglas-Home,



Friends of the Knoll stall

On behalf of Friends of the Knoll I would like to thank everyone who bought, those who donated and those who helped at our stall at BAVS Charities market.

We raised the excellent sum of £327.30. Thank you again.

Anne Cummins,



£1,000 for Philippines

A big thank you to all the people who supported and helped the appeal for the Philippines held in the Masons Hall in Eyemouth on Saturday, November 23.

The princely sum of £1,030 has been raised to date.

Carole Scott,

Eyemouth Parish Church.

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Tombola success

Recently the Berwick and Eastern Borders Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society held a tombola stall at the BAVS Charity Fair in the Volunteer Hall, Duns.

We would like to thank all who donated towards the stall and those who attended on the day.

The sum of £85 was raised for our worthy cause.

Dorothy Campbell,



Coldstream fundraiser

On behalf of Breakthrough Breast Cancer I would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make our coffee morning on Saturday, November 23, in the Eildon Centre, Coldstream, such a great success.

We raised £731.20 in the hall on Saturday morning.

A further £521.80 was raised at car boot sales etc and I was delighted to send a cheque for £1,263 to Breakthrough.

Our total raised for the charity in 2013 is £4,592, a great sum. Once again a big thank you to everyone.

Eleanor Moffat,

Tweed Terrace, Coldstream.