Boleside saga creates quotes confusion

Margaret Johnston (letters, March 22) may well have been confused about recent events in Boleside, but she is even more confused about her literary references (“You can please most of the people most of the time, some of the people most of the time, but none of the people all of the time”).

The quotation attributed to Abraham Lincoln has nothing to do with pleasing people, but everything to do with fooling them. The actual quotation is: “You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

It is a quotation close to the heart of all politicians, and should be engraved on Chancellor George Osborne’s heart (assuming that he has one).

Colin Smith

St Boswells

I enjoyed reading Margaret Johnston’s tale of how Laggan Properties came to her rescue like knights in shining armour (letters, March 22).

There has been no mention of the future appearance of Boleside in your columns, so Margaret seems very well informed when she states “the area will now revert back to its natural state”. I have a letter from one of the owners of Laggan Properties which includes an uncannily similar phrase “the area shall revert back to a rough area of grassland”.

I will leave your readers to decide whether the letter from Margaret Johnston is genuine, influenced, or written by the owners of Laggan Properties.

Alastair Lings

Tweed Road