What a very sad piece from you newsroom.Disappointed …

Comment posted Russell nails the ‘bloody disgrace’ of Craignure ferry gangway by neil macintyre.

What a very sad piece from you newsroom.Disappointed you would use this as a SNP election advert but it is good to know where you stand.This shambles has affected locals and tourists alike and when calmac is funded by all taxpayers whatever way they vote to blatantly use it as a political stunt they obviously think our heads zip up the back.
Power to all the ferry passengers.

Recent comments by neil macintyre

  • Without corroborating evidence, what would a jury do with this?
    In my own personal experience you have to take the role of the local sheriff into the debate as they follow the word of the police and even when you have no previous criminal record and are sober you are deemed a liar.
    As the sheriff said in my case why would these officers lie they could loose there jobs so when you are dealing with that mentally and in court one of the charges was thrown out because it was a blatant fabrication which they tried to hammer me with simply because they can.
    When you bring in council from the city they are amazed at the kangaroo court and what they can get away with.
    Cheers Neil.
  • Lib Dem performance in Euro elections may spin out into Argyll & Bute
    Great idea folks if the average wage in the country is supposed to be around £25,000 that’s what they should get.
    As its all about serving the country and not about financial gain it should get 100% backing from politicians of all parties.
    Karl I would certainly sign a petition it would be great just before the referendum to see what answer we would get.
    You might have to go into hiding for suggesting it but surely when money is tight they should take the lead.
    Cheers Neil.
  • Lib Dem performance in Euro elections may spin out into Argyll & Bute
    Just another wee twist on the referendum bandwagon with Tommy Sheridan coming to speak in support of the Yes side in Oban on the 10th of April.
    I love Tommy,s fight on some social issues and his court case was worth watching he loved the spotlight but on this one I can,t support him.
    I will keep him as my Twitter background as I think his heart is in the right place although other parts of his body might need to be kept in check.
    I am disappointed I will miss it but I will be on holiday with my oldest grandkids.
    Any chance you will cover it newsie.
    Cheers Neil.
  • No criminality in the McAlpine story – now let it be
    Good job this lady was not employed by Argyll and Bute council like poor Jo Smith who was sacked by our councillors for doing nothing.
    An investigation which cost us taxpayers in Argyll thousands of pounds found no evidence of any wrong doing and her eventual out of court settlement victory vindicated her brave fight.
    Sorry newsie this is a well paid lady who could of paid this out of her own pocket if she cared that much and she would be the first in line to call for some other persons head if the shoe was on the other foot. I am sure she will enlighten us all in any future newspaper column she writes.
    Cheers Neil.
  • Shock attempt to scupper planned council funding for Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative
    Very interesting story which hopefully I can ask Louise about at our next community council meeting which she usually attends.
    It’s not something I pay any attention to usually but why did Mike Story,s post which seemed perfectly sensible and straight get so many thumbs down. Have I missed something?
    Cheers Neil.

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12 Responses to What a very sad piece from you newsroom.Disappointed …

  1. What a very sad piece from you newsroom.Disappointed you would use this as a SNP election advert but it is good to know where you stand.This shambles has affected locals and tourists alike and when calmac is funded by all taxpayers whatever way they vote to blatantly use it as a political stunt they obviously think our heads zip up the back.
    Power to all the ferry passengers.

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    • Neil – the articles on this site contain a mixture of ‘news’ and ‘comment’ and I would have thought most readers are well able to filter the two from one another and disregard the bits they don’t agree with. It’s not easy to ‘comment’ on an issue without someone somewhere perceiving it as bias, but in this case I’m struggling to see what you are so exercised about. The article is basically news – as in: “MSP calls on council to fix dodgy gangway” – the MSP’s party is not part of the story. This is followed by ‘comment’, echoing Mr Russell’s call on the council to do something about the problem. The bias here seems to me to be no more than ‘For Argyll’

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    • Cant see much wrong with the article. Regarding the ‘canny ship jumper’ Mary jean devon, i wonder how the canny electorate will view the yo-yo ing back and forth by this elected member in the name of self preservation.

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  2. The responsibility for major ferry termini that form part of our national infrastructure seems to be shambolic.
    The likes of Craignure terminal shouldn’t be in the hands of a local council – especially one that treats it as a ‘cash cow’ at the expense of its own taxpayers.
    The government should take over ownership and responsibilty – and the liability for outstanding essential repair / replacement work should be deducted from the price paid to the council. I wonder if the arithmetic would look as favourable to our council as funding the work and keeping the annual revenue? It is our money, Mr Walsh.

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    • We felt that the question in the Draft Ferry Review, now in consultation – about whether or not CMAL should acquire all of the ports and harbours served by the state subsidised ferry services deserved a resounding ‘Yes’.

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      • Yes – and with the proviso that a ferry operator can also be responsible for the shore staff, to avoid the situation that arose at Rothesay when Calmac found themselves at the mercy of a shore staff dispute with the council.

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  3. Terms used are a bit confusing. Calmac has to add a sum to each ticket sold on this run. It is also applied twice for the outward and return. If you carry on to Iona the same applies there. There is also a sum they have to add for each vehicle carried because piers are owned by council. berthing dues are another charge calmac pay to tie up at the pier.

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    • Surely the point is that, whatever the form of ‘tax’, it’s all being levied by the council (as owner of the Craignure terminal) on the ferry users (either directly or indirectly via Calmac) but the council have failed to maintain fit-for-purpose passenger access to the ferry at Craignure. Money for nothing, just an extra tax on people who travel to and from an island.
      Bloody disgrace is putting it mildly, and when Walsh & co get kicked out they should be made to help people on & off the ferry, and carry their bags.

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  4. Nobody nailed Mike Russell yet for the ‘bloody disgrace’ that was Robslee and Hillhead???

    Mmmmm?

    No one going to have a go at the man responsible??

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  5. Surely now this will be a done deal. I know I argued against SNP colleagues in the hustings (my ONLY disagreement in 5 years of working with them) but their insistence that this was indeed ABC’s responsibility can surely mean only one thing???

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