Ivan Artolli, general manager of the five-star Balmoral, said overseas visitors felt uncomfortable in the city centre. And he said Scotland's capital was the worst of 15 European cities he had worked in for begging.I understand Mr Artolli's concern. Aggressive begging is just another of those problems that'll be resolved once our streets are properly privatised.
But one thing concerns me about this article: it only deals with the problem of city centre beggars. What about the suburbs?
The situation out there is much worse. Especially in the southwestern part of the city. One local resident is regularly begging Brits and foreigners alike to sub him for billions of pounds. Isn't that the real problem?