ENGLAND is being warned, by that BBC among others, that well in excess of 200,000 English properties may have to be abandoned or are in danger of isolation from the rising waters, reliably reported, as a result of governments failing to control CO2 emissions.

The number of Scottish communities that will become isolated is neither mentioned, planned for or cared about in London, but it is really important to us.

May I propose part of a solution in the form of an M898 extension, starting on the north side of the Clyde at the Erskine bridge, and taking the shortest “bridgable” route over the lochs Fyne and Awe, to the hills above Oban.

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This would reduce the journey time from Glasgow to Oban to around 40 minutes, down from 3.5 hours. It would reduce the costs too, and be above the water line for the foreseeable future.

Currently, 90% or more of the area’s victuals come on roads that will soon – all too soon – be submerged.

This new road, a backbone of a new system above the impending waters, could of course be continued northwards, towards Fort William, often forgotten to be subjected to the same tides, sitting at the end of Loch Linnhe as it does.

It would also be Argyll’s first experience of a motorway, pulling it into the 21st century whether it liked it or not. (We are already a quarter of the way through it, almost.)

The new road just described would service parts of Scotland fairly well ignored up until now, and could be the start of resolving the rising tide situation, on the west coast anyway.

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It’s easy to forget about all the lochside towns that will be cut off, but this core “westbound” motorway (long overdue) would be the vital link to survival for these communities, including Helensburgh, Faslane, Lochgilphead, Cairndow, Inveraray, Melfort, Oban, Connel and many more, which rely on the coastal roads for everything.

The imponderable and slow creep of governmental awareness, let alone action, means that the problem will be upon us if we don’t act now.

We know there are lots of pressing matters, but this one presages catastrophe if ignored or tackled too late.

The cost of doing it MUST be weighed against the cost of not doing it. Time is short.

Christopher Bruce

I WAS very pleased to read Catriona Grigg’s letter on Tuesday where she references Professor Richard Murphy’s views on an independent Scottish currency being higher rated than Sterling. Several years ago when I was in Sicily on holiday we were staying in Taormina. This is pre-euro currency and it was Italian lira at that time. I was running short of cash so went to the bureau de change, which was also the travel agent, named Doctor Fahrten (not a joke). The rates on the chalk board showed the terms for various currencies and Scottish pounds were slightly higher than English sterling.

I think the case is now rested!

Colin Wight

THE Scottish Tories, Labour and LibDems are all at it again. They lied in 2014 and created a vow that they did not deliver. The gold standard was fool’s gold. Time’s up, Unionists. If Scotland does not want independence, let’s have a referendum – what are you afraid of?

Glen Peters

INTERESTING Fact Check on Tuesday regarding John Kay’s claim Scotland is destined for a currency “fiasco”. The even simpler response is based on the clue in the first paragraph. We shouldn’t prematurely create a currency, so his worst-case outcome – which is a possibility for all currencies anyway – will be avoided. We can only introduce our own currency when the time and conditions are right, and we cannot start making it until after independence.

Nick Cole
Meigle, Perthshire

REGARDING Peter MacKenzie’s letter about the value of reading (Jun 13). As a primary schoolboy I remember being encouraged by my parents to read the family tri-purpose table cover, which being changed on a daily basis always provided a wealth of different stories and articles. Today’s table cover being yesterday’s newspaper, destined to become tomorrow’s toilet paper hung from a nail in the “ootbye lavvie.”

Charles P Connor
via email

IN my young day “knackered” meant sexually exhausted – not a word heard in polite company or at a Kirk social. The NHS staff have worked their socks off throughout the pandemic and now the Health Secretary tells is they are “completely knackered”. Not an expression I would use but I do accept they are all completely exhausted. However, for any NHS staff who are indeed knackered, I say, “Where did you find the time and energy?” You have gone even higher up in my estimation!

Bill Drew