I WRITE in reply to the letter regarding Ryanair transferring flights and jobs from Glasgow Airport (Letters, March 5). This recent drift to Edinburgh is now developing into a pattern. I have even had people suggest to me that the Scottish Government is behind it all. I am quick to point out that Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf both have Glasgow constituencies, so that is hardly likely.

My first encounter with this pattern was United Airlines moving flights to Edinburgh last year after years of flying from Glasgow. I used their Newark route regularly and the planes were always full, so let’s rule out lack of passengers. APD has no bearing on this either as both are the same. Both airports have bus routes into them.

It seems to me that two privately owned airports are locked in competition, one obviously offering more attractive incentives than the other, and so once again the Scottish people have choice removed, opportunities diminished and are pawns in the game of wealth accumulation by multinationals.

Rail links, connections and upgrades are all worthwhile ideas but we are pandering to private firms that will gladly hold out their hands for money from you and me via the Scottish Government to sink into businesses over which we have no control.

We need our own Scottish national airport and we have one in Prestwick. Why not put any money we have into first-class access and onward travel options for this airport and throw in a few incentives ourselves? We need to look after our assets and Prestwick is one we already own. Is this possible or is this another idea that could be strangled by Westminster?

The ball has started rolling – a national investment bank. Next up: a national energy company, a national rail company, a national airport ... and of course we already have a National newspaper.

Isobel Delussey

GLASGOW city centre has lots of big buses polluting and screeching their way on our roads. Too many that create too much pollution and noise for the health of our citizens.

My idea is to have smaller, free, electric buses that go from Barrowlands, Kelvingrove, Kinning Park and Dennistoun into the city centre. This would allow the big buses to gain their profits from further afield, where I hear buses stop early and are infrequent – a win-win situation! In fact I’d like to ban all transport in the centre except the free, electric buses, taxis and bikes. This just might solve a few problems.

Donna Curless

PERIOD problems are something that almost every woman can relate to. PMS, cramp, bloating and plenty worse besides…

But there’s one period problem that no woman should have to endure. Period poverty.

Yet nearly one in five women have had had to go without period products in Scotland because they can’t afford them. One in ten have been forced to prioritise other essential household items, like food, meaning that rags, toilet paper or charity donations become the alternative to sanitary products. And that’s no choice at all – particularly when you can’t control whether your body bleeds or not.

Reading about the situation, I was moved to tears – and moved to act.

Working alongside my colleagues, we’ve organised the Bloody Big Brunch, the first of which is this weekend in Glasgow (see Twitter.com/BloodyBigBrunch). There, we’ll be serving up free Bloody Marys to all who come along. But there’s one string attached … and it comes at the end of a tampon. To buy our Bloody Marys, you need to pay with a packet of sanitary protection. All tampons and pads received will go to the Trussell Trust, who give emergency support to people in crisis. We’ll also be gathering signatures to petition the government for change.

Everyone’s welcome and we hope to create real change – all through raising a glass to periods everywhere.

Pam Scobbie
Creative Director, WIRE

ONCE again the issue of Universal Credit raised its ugly head at PMQs this week. This time it was the SNP’s Mhairi Black who raised the issue, informing the House that Conservative councillors in Stirling had called for £500,000 to be set aside to mitigate the effects of the roll-out in their area. Can we expect those councillors to start lobbying Tory MPs on the Universal Credit misery so many are suffering?

Catriona C Clark