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.
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Just a brief note to thank FA for this.
At the bottom of my driveway is my letter box. Halfway up is the wheelie bin… Those sods who steal my wheelie bin every week and give it back empty appeared on schedule and I’d remained ignorant of this important missive.
- Experience autumn and choose your national tree
Jade. Agree about the Scots Pine. It’s a tree which always looks like it will survive, no matter what our country throws at it.
- Fudge rules: no change – yet – at Argyll and Bute Council
I suspect many of the familiar faces are still here but simply cannot be bothered correcting posters with an agenda. I tend not to post often as “the usual suspects” suck the pleasure out of debate.
If I were to write, we do NOT need a vehicle ferry, just a passenger ferry capable of achieving the crossing reliably, someone is bound to crawl out from under a rock. Or press the dislike thing repeatedly.
- SNP Group Leader not even sure which day it is
Perhaps I can be fairly judged as blowing this beyond proportions but when FA opt to ridicule a political party based on an email content which they have been forwarded, it’s brilliant.
We’re living in an age where people are being detained at airports by a UK Govt using dodgy legislation, we’ve a whistleblower taking refuge in what we used to call a Tinpot Dictators embassy, and some bloke hiding in the despised Soviet Union to keep himself away from the clutches of the land of the free.
Oh, and we’d someone in Argyll setting up Spy Accounts to check on public complaints about council activities. I hear the council paid her enough for her never to need work again…
While the article is obviously tongue in cheek, everyone should defend FA’s ability to write it.
Who knows, the current anti-porn legislation could perhaps define The SNP as a body which should be banned from the internet as it’s attracting people.
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Never suspected I’d write this but, in fairness to Mr Russell, even 20 minutes on a boat is better than 2 minutes on a bus. A bus is simply transport whereas a boat is always an adventure.
Of course, my caveat comes from the unpleasant passenger boats on the Dunoon run. When adventure feels like life threatening danger, it’s not worth it. (And I’m a boat person and know these stupid boats are able to handle the crossing. Ideally, without paying customers.)
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