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

  • Jaw-dropping background to Gordon Brown’s intervention in saving the Union – Labour now on notice in Argyll & Bute
    Tremendous time for monumental change to happen but are we ready to give more to fund that change.
    The vote on English matters has nothing to do with Scots MPs that’s an easy one.
    The Barnett formula should be an equal share across the board and we as Scots put as much extra into our share to fund our services.
    I would scrap the need for an MP and a MSP we have our own parliament to represent us so we do not need both.
    Unelected list MSPs from every party are not needed and are a waste of money.
    Child benefit should not be universal we need to increase the money to hard up families by taking it from families who have a comfortable income.
    Are we ready to make decisions on tax to fund what Scotland needs I hope so.
    With a growing elderly population which we need to care for decisions will need to be made now as we have not got enough carers and the money in the budget will not cover what will have to be done in the future.
    I am comfortably of but others are not so lucky so it will be down to me to take a hit on my lifestyle through paying extra tax to help pay for a host of improvements in our all our services.To have a fairer society we all need to give up something we could start with our football and other sporting superstars on crazy money every week along with vast sections of our population.We need to value people at the bottom end of the market and pay decent money to everyone who plays a very important part in our daily lives for very little reward.
    Just a few thoughts to get everybody firing in.

    Cheers Neil.

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    I shall be voting No and I have had some great crack with lots of people who are voting Yes in the referendum.
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    Cheers Neil.
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    No need to panic folks I would like to thank the gentleman who has given the information to us it was unexpected but honour where it’s due and I will thank him personally next time I meet him although we are from different political persuasions.
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    Cheers Neil.

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    Ah well we will just have to follow Hunchy folks he will lead us in the right direction he should be a good addition to the meetings.
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    Come on gentlemen show your face your public awaits.

    Cheers Neil.

  • ‘Voice of Oban’ letter now with Police Scotland in Oban
    Sorry John for not replying earlier but as far as I know Myself, Roddy and Elaine received one so I am pretty sure the rest would as well.
    And just to help Sokay is not cheesy far better looking.

    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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