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Comment posted A83 landslide closure updates by jake.

I stand, albeit lop-sidedly, corrected!

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  • Ah… to the area, eh?
    Well you won’t fully appreciate that landslides happen more frequently at night…’s to do with 3 legged haggis scampering around the hills after dark. They get particularly frisky in the period just after St Andrew’s day.
    If they were more like pandas the risk of landslip could be reduced to just 12 hours per year.
  • I do wonder about the competence of transerv to manage the complexities of this piece of road.
    They seem to be struggling to identify where a landslip is after it’s happened and yet we’re meant to have confidence in their ability to predict it, assess it and repair it, not to mention come up with some workable longer term plan.

    But yes indeed, all credit where it’s due, that the current slippage is not at the site of the works done at previous slippages is a great achievement. Whether this is due to the works or due to the fact that the dangerously unstable top soil there has already slipped and been carried away….who can tell?

Recent comments by jake

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    A ray of sunshine indeed,Mr Kirk!
    The figures though upon which this optimistic outlook as based are pre the EU referendum.
    Since then, we’ve voted to come out of the EU; the PM has resigned, the Chancellor has been sacked, Liam Fox is in Trade and Industry, Boris Johnston is in the Foreign Office.
    The Stock Market and the £ have been “volatile”. The banks have been stress tested and it doesn’t look good
    The CBI have reported that manufacturers business confidence has fallen at its fastest rate since early 2009, and there have been falls in both investment and hiring. From surveys by Deloitte, the Institute of Directors and others there is general agreement that brexit will reduce economic activity. The Bank of England agrees.
    HM Treasury have published a paper entitled “Forecasts for the UK economy: a comparison of independent forecasts” ( you’ll find it here: It makes depressing reading.
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    Perhaps that’s the intention.
    It was Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, who said ‘The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it deliberately with faulty arguments.’
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    The micro-details are actually on the Supreme Court website where we can all see the full judgement and indeed a summary for the press.
    From what I can see, not being a lawyer and having read it only very quickly, it looks like a couple of minor tweeks to the data protection provisions in the Act are all that’s required of the government lawyers who drafted it. The Supreme Court seem sufficiently relaxed about this as not to require the revisions to be resubmitted to them but to have that matter dealt with bya lesser court.
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    That strikes me as a counter intuitive assumption. As I posted above the figures given on the NSPCC site, linked to by Karl, suggest the opposite and that Scottish abuse figures are about half that of the rUK. Frankly, I don’t trust these figures, certainly not for making cross borders comparisons on a like with like basis, nor are they something I’d rely upon to form an opinion about whether or not the SNP have taken their eye off the ball in this regard.
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    Thanks for the link, Karl.
    My reading of it is that they are not “FACTS” as you call them but estimates. Now while these estimates are certainly informed and based on something more than guesswork, the basis on which they are formed is not on common criteria across the UK. As MM (below) points out the NSPCC and the former RSSPCC are/ were quite different. By way of illustration, I ‘d draw your attention to some “FACTS” ( as you call them) which your link highlights…they say that 57,000 kids are at risk across the UK and that 2,700 are at risk in Scotland. Unless you are comfortable with concluding that Scots are half as likely to abuse children than others in the UK, I’d suggest that you use caution when relying on NSPCC figures in relation to Scotland.

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