Ineos, the owner of the Grangemouth refinery, is playing a game of political brinkmanship with the lives and livelihoods of its workers.
The company's excuse, that the dispute is all the fault of the workforce, just doesn't wash.
As usual the losers will be the workers and their families, as well as the other businesses in and around Grangemouth which rely on the plant for their existence.
Here's hoping a buyer can be found so Scotland can say 'goodbye and good riddance' to Ineos.
B Martin Glasgow
Held to ransom
WITH the Grangemouth announcement it seems the oil industry has joined the 'Big Six' power firms in trying to hold the nation to ransom.
Can you imagine any other country flogging off its essential assets to overseas investors?
How come state-owned French, Spanish and now Chinese companies can cash-in on power generation in the UK.
I'll tell you why; because their governments weren't so stupid as to sell off what are strategic assets.
Ralph Mason Via e-mail
My taxi stars
I MUST disagree with letter writer JH's dim view of taxi drivers.
I regularly get a taxi from the rank outside Partick bus/train interchange. Not only do the drivers get out of their cabs to help passengers with luggage, prams and shopping, there is even one driver who gets out to open the door for the passengers.
All these drivers are always happy and smiling, and a credit to the city's taxi service.
It's Game on
I can't wait to see the new-look Still Game. For my money, it was the funniest sitcom Scotland produced.
Ford Keirnan and Greg Hemphill are great together. They're the funniest old men I've ever seen - and there's a few of them about.
J McDonald Hillhead