Comment posted Dunoon ferry meeting revealed more than it knew by Grant MacDonald.
I have noticed occasional comment regarding ‘the law’ and if income cross pollinates between a passenger and vehicle service, it’s against ‘the law’.
In the name of the wee man, what stupid law is this and why is it treated seriously. A ‘law’ which places lives in danger is simply a wrong law. If the SNP Govt have been so short sighted as to introduce something like this ‘law’, why are the other political parties not raising a riot?
Aside from the fact our elected representatives of all hues should be taking action NOW about the substandard vessels, so should they also be taking action about this foolish law.
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- As a fairly frequent passenger, I would estimate the majority of folk go for the train (or up to Inverclyde Hospital). The increased frequency of service – when it started – meant one did not have to plan every detail of the trip.
Now, that has fallen apart. The toy ferries mean when I attend the cardiac unit this Friday, I will need to drive and use Western as I cannot rely on the joke service. And literally if the water is rough, for me personally there is an added unpleasant potential.
Agree wholeheartedly. The level of debate confirmed FA’s stance on the public meeting which is unfortunate.
Now, we run the risk of this shambles being kicked into touch with the creation of a Ferry Committee who’ll cheerfully mimic the previous 120+ posts whilst we remain with a substandard service through the most dangerous time of the year.
ABC should be issuing press releases condemning the service. The elected MP and MSP should be asking questions in their respective parliaments. My real fear is nothing will be done until there is an incident.
- Now I am getting frustrated.
In the absence of useful comment, we have a circular firing squad in the best tradition of political contribution, all of which disregard Neil Kay has provided superb analysis in the past and the fact Newsroom has also made some uncomfortable and painfully accurate points about our local situation.
Here’s a scenario.
December 24th and the estuary is a bit choppy verging on dodgy for passengers from the other side.
What’s a skipper on one of the toy boats going to decide?
Here’s another scenario.
The Ten o’clock news has a shot from a helicopter showing an inverted hull in the water.
To move beyond point scoring, how about concentrating on the two scenario’s given.
Would docking at Sandbank Marina provide a short crossing solution during the winter months? Whilst the Holy Loch can be choppy, it tends not to be as exciting as the estuary proper.
I’ve no clear idea but suspect I just gave the only new thought in the previous 120+ comments.
The core issue is here and now. What will fix it? Quickly?
- It is rather disconcerting an analysis of the current dreadful and potentionally dangerous passenger ferry has turned into a political point scoring competition.
This behaviour, I suspect, is why we’ve ended up with a 3rd rate, 3rd world class of transportation and does not reflect well on several posters.
- I’ve actually not bothered reading the Cowal Courier. I had a glossy leaflet pushed in my letter box which trumpeted the person behind the publication previously worked for News International.
Recent comments by Grant MacDonald
- An independent Scotland and the pound
Perhaps not entirely germane to the issue but worthy of a moments ponder regarding National Debt and the banking crisis. The recent report naming the culprits behind the Bank of Scotland disaster was interesting, especially if one views the CV of the folk involved. For some reason, every single one of them were from Halifax Building Society, tending to suggest the merger was actually a complete takeover as none of the senior management actually had bank experience!
Makes me wonder who the RBS bloke who’s been demonized was listening to?
- Struan Lodge closure proposal and costs confusion – have we not seen this before?
I notice Cowal Courier is run by an ex-News International employee. It makes me pause for thought for some reason but I do understand why Simon would cite it.
- Margaret Thatcher dies
In the history of FA, I’ve rarely read so much tripe from usually sensible posters. “Rules of Engagement” equates to please unload your weapons and replace the missiles with blue practice loads. It was a war and the object is to win. Nothing else counts. As soon as someone stops talking and starts shooting, there is only one aim. To win.
Secondly, had Maggie supported our coal industry in the 1980′s would it have survived against cheap imports which continue until this day?
The answer is obviously no.
Our steel industry was paramount and should have been defended. After all, it wasn’t the case cheaper steel was going to be available within 10 years. Except it was and by the time it happened, the UK steel industry was closed down with the people involved either re-skilled or in the trash bin as they would never have retrained.
The woman did a heck of a lot wrong but the big picture tends to suggest she’d only one thing in mind and that was our country’s future.
Importantly, she never once mentioned Wind Farms as part of that future which is the sort of rubbish people will eventually write.
But she did view the big picture which is something not a single politician seems capable of doing at present, resulting in record low voting numbers.
- Young Dunoon boy missing
Pity you didn’t notice the fact Newsroom had updated their piece 2 hours and 19 minutes before your latest input of spiteful drivel.
Slimey strikes again…
[Update 17,00:Found safe and well in Dunoon.]
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In fairness, the best I’ve managed was 46 minutes from the Airport. But it involved a quiet motorway and catching the last ferry by the skin of my teeth.
Once – a very long time ago – did Campbeltown in 2 hours from Glasgow in a sorted Lotus Elan. Dunno if that counts.
There’s a Christmas challenge to all those who post behind a non d’plume?
What land speed records can you NOT talk about?
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