Letters, Tuesday, June 2, 2015

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Good choice for manager

One name intriguingly not in the frame for our Sunderland manager’s job is the one that ticks all the boxes.

 Jurgen Klopp, of Borussia Dortmund. He is a Northern European. Not another Latin.

 He is available as he is leaving Dortmund at the end of the season after a very successful five years service.

 He will be affordable if Dick Advocaat was affordable.

 He is a winner. He has won two Bundesliga titles in his time there and became the first manager to win the German league and cup double.

 He took Dortmund to a European cup final in 2013 when they were beaten at Wembley by Bayern Munich.

 He has produced International class players that were then transferred to Bayern Munich, incuding Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus and Mario Gotze(£31.5million).

 He is only 47 years old, charismatic and media savvy. Don’t miss the boat on this one.

 What’s not to like? Sign him up.

Peter Graham,

via email

Scots out for themselves

I’m going to need a new television because I wrecked the old one in sheer frustration while watching Question Time.

 It was broadcast from where the SNP would have you believe is the centre of the universe, namely Aberdeen, Scotland.

 Despite much tub thumping and colourful expressions of patriotism, Scotland voted to remain in the UK although other UK citizens were not allowed a say in the matter.

 Mindful that oil prices have fallen to half the value on which Sturgeon based an independent Scottish economy, had the “Yes” vote been successful, the Scots would now be clamouring to get back into the UK.

 So with that in mind, I watched the SNP minister of culture, John Nicholson, with a straight face, state that an UK “In Out” of the EU referendum should not be valid if the result did not conform with an independent Scottish opinion. His attitude seems to be any means justifies the end if it suits him.

 While listening to their demands and watching the naked ambition of the SNP, to get more and more of the community pie, we should consider how little Scotland brings to the table and how much more they want.

 The population of Scotland is not even one tenth of the UK. The SNP did not even poll half the votes of UKIP.

 Already Scotland enjoys certain advantages. University is free for Scots and, of course, there is the Barnet formula which allows £10,152 per head for Scotland and only £8,529 per head for England.

 Such a small population but Scotland enjoys enormous political influence per head of population with members sitting in Edinburgh, Westminster and Brussels.

Denis Gillon,

via email