Every time that mild south westerly winds are …

Comment posted A83 to stay closed for now by Treble T.

Every time that mild south westerly winds are forecast there is likely to be the potential for landslides on the Rest and be Thankful.

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  • The BBC 5 Day weather forecast is not always accurate. It did not forecast the storms on 3rd January 2012 until the last minute. The best forecast to use is magicseaweed.com with has seperate charts for wind and pressure for the next 180 hours ( seven and a half days).

Recent comments by Treble T

  • #indyref: 36 questions which helped me decide which way to vote
    I do not understand why people living in Argyll & Bute think that independence will be good for them.
    The MSP’s at the Scottish Parliament could not give a monkey’s about the rest of Scotland.
    If you do not believe me then ask yourself a simple question.
    There have been problems with the A83 at the Rest and be Thankful since 2004 yet what have the Scottish Government have done about resolving the issue. Answer; Nothing.
    As far as the Scottish Parliament is concerned Argyll & Bute is a case of “out of sight out of mind”.
    Michael Russell has been a disaster as the MSP for Argyll & Bute.
  • Indy, the banks and the Scottish economy
    If the UK Government had let HBOS and RBS go bust then NCH would have been the first to complain.
    It will be interesting to see how people in Scotland manage to survive in an independent Scotland with no unsecured borrowing.
    Tenant farmers in Scotland will certainly have a big problem when the banks ask for security to cover the cost of their unsecured overdrafts and loans.
  • Jim Murphy hit by eggs in Kirkcaldy
    It is not surprising that the Yes Scotland supporters are encouraging mob rule throughout Scotland. That is the only way that they operate. The Yes supporters love to dish it out but they cannot take criticism and therefore they resort to mob rule.
    That is why the Better Together meetings have been invitation only to avoid them being hijacked by mobs of so-called Yes supporters trying to intimidate the Better Together supporters.
    On Islay a so-called No voter and member of the Better Together campaign jumped ship to Yes campaign. She threw “a hissy fit” because she did not receive a personal invitation to a Better Together meeting in Bowmore Hall in July 2014.
    Believe it or not we have Yes supporters mob rule on Islay!
    I attended a Labour for Independence meeting in the Gaelic College in June 2014 where the main speaker was Dennis Canavan who is “Old Labour”. No and undecided voters were invited to attend the meeting to ask Dennis Canavan questions about Independence.
    However that is not what happened. The meeting was hijacked by the Yes Islay supporters who howled down questions asked by the No and Don’t members of the audience.
    At one point I had to tell a Yes Islay supporter “to sit down and shut up” to allow me to make a statement and ask my question.
    The problem is that Islay has a lot of residents who think they are “big noises”. They love to dish it out but they cannot take it!
  • Indy, the banks and the Scottish economy
    The banks who have their registered head office in Scotland carry out 95% of their business outwith Scotland.
    Therefore these banks will move their registered head office out of Scotland. Staff who currently work in the RBS head office at Gogarburn will have to relocate to the new RBS head office outwith Scotland. Bank of Scotland staff working in the head office departments in Edinburgh and beyond will probably have to do likewise.
    The new TSB Bank has its registered at 31 George Street Edinburgh which is the old head office of TSB Scotland.
    These banks will still maintain a branch network in Scotland but that may not last long if most of their customers move their savings to a bank in the rest of the UK as there is no lender of last resort an independent Scotland.
    Should a Scottish bank or financial institution (assuming there are any left after 24th March 2016) get into financial difficulties and require a bailout the Scottish Government will have to supply the funds. If the Scottish Government do not have the required funds then the bank or financial institution will go bust and the customers will lose all their savings.
    I already have a savings account with an English bank in case I have to transfer my savings there to keep them safe thanks to the protection of the Bank of England.
  • BBC indy debate: incoherent uncontrolled unedifying bear pit
    Glen Campbell should stick to being an interviewer on BBC because he was useless as the so-called independent Chairman of the televised referendum debate last Monday.
    Glen Campbell is chairing a Question Time debate in Bowmore Hall Islay this Friday and no doubt like all the other referendum meetings on Islay it will be hijacked by the Yes Islay supporters.
    Anyone who attempts to speak up at a public referendum meeting on Islay in favour of maintaining the Union is howled down by the Yes Islay supporters who do not believe in free speech. It is their way or no way!
    When I watched the BBC Scotland news at 1.30pm today I saw that a heckler had been ejected from a Better Together meeting in the Marryat Hall Dundee. I immediately thought one of the Yes Islay supporters was on holiday in Dundee and then I recognised the heckler. His name is Mike Barlie who lost his job as a teacher after a court case, as he was heavy handed with some of his pupils and aggressive towards some of his fellow teachers.
    http://www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/dundee/claims-of-witch-hunt-after-mike-barile-struck-off-teaching-register-1.49942

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22 Responses to Every time that mild south westerly winds are …

  1. Pingback: Argyll News: Today’s travel updates | For Argyll

  2. ‘They can detect movement but of course they cannot stop it’
    This is exactly why this route has to be upgraded to cope with movement, and until this is done the government is likely to be seen as increasingly useless.

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  3. I see that ForArgyll is saying that the rest will be closed until tomorrow but the Transport Scotland site just says it will be closed “Foreseeable future. Further information will be posted as it becomes available”, which bears out my point in a previous post! Where do you get your information from? Regardless of any plans to resolve the problems at the Rest just being able to access up to date information from the official source would make my life easier!

    The same thing applied during the recent power outages. The information provided by the power companies was woeful and what information they did provide was inaccurate or out of date. I would have been happy to have been told that the power would probably be off for 5 days – at least we could have planned ahead rather than simply sitting around waiting!

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    • No, Simon, the ‘sole responsibility’ lies with a whole succession of administrations stretching back to the colonial days before the Holyrood government – landslips and rockfalls are nothing new on this road.

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      • “the colonial days before the Holyrood government”
        I, and I should think most proud Scots, find it deeply insulting that you, Robert, should imply that our country was ever a colony (of England I presume?).
        The implications of calling Scotland a colony besmearches the honour of our ancestors.
        I was born and brought up in a British colony in The West Indies, of an old Scottish plantation family. I know exactly what a colony is. Scotland was never a colony.

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        • W.S.: I appreciate and understand your horror, but the fact is that – pre-Holyrood – Scotland was latterly governed by one person who from recollection was responsible for the full range of central government ministerial functions save foreign policy and defence. There seemed to me to be a distinct whiff of colonialism about that arrangement.

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  4. Blah blah blah Robert. How long have the SNP had to fix this? How many landslips on their watch?

    They bailed out Edinburgh trams qucik enough – building a new Forth crossing…… zilch for Argyll in comparison :)

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    • The trouble is, Simon, there’s obviously no really rapid ‘fix’; it does seem that work has started on developing a realistic strategy to fix it, and what should be a mystery is why it wasn’t initiated at least a decade ago.
      But it’s not a mystery, given the astonishing neglect of the nearby A82 between Tarbet and Ardlui, and I can remember just how bad the traffic problems were allowed to get before the same road was rebuilt from the Vale of Leven up to Tarbet. There seems to be a British cultural mindset that puts infrastructure on the back burner, especially in an area that many national politicians might have perceived as irrelevant to their greater glory and prosperity. Don’t start me on Edinburgh trams – a very worthwhile project that would have been straightforward elsewhere in Europe but somehow got utterly mishandled in Scotland.

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    • It could get to the stage (if it hasn’t already) that the BBC 5-day weather forecast becomes essental reading to assess whether the road to Glasgow is likely to be usable or not.
      It’s one thing for ferries to be regularly disrupted by bad weather, but for this road to suffer likewise would be intolerable.

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    • The trouble is Simon, you’re not my teacher, the council’s got little or nothing to do with the landslide problems at the Rest, and regarding the way councillors voted on something I know no more than you and so can offer no enlightenment. You could try asking your teacher.

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  5. Thanks Robert. So after all your huff and puff – you’ve nothing to offer.

    Fact remains though – the sole responsibility for the ongoing debacles at the Rest – lies solely with this SNP Government.

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    • Correction, Simon, ‘rests with the inaction of successive governments’ – not like you to let anyone off the hook, is it? And if you want to conflate this problem with other issues, perhaps we’ll eventually be subjected to the ‘final solution’ of you rolling all your various concerns into one huge rambling question to be addressed to all and sundry on whatever threads come to hand irrespective of relevance? – you could get an endless series of non-answers to make hay with.

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    • How does Simon manage to come across as one of those people you meet in the pub who is just looking for an argument? About anything! We’ve all met them. Usually you just drink up and go somewhere else to get away from them. Next day you hear that somebody punched his lights out.

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  6. What a load of pointless political hot air. I have yet to see any political hot air which isn’t pointless mark you. It rained violently. The problematic mountain shifted again. Nobody’s fault – in fact, really bad luck considering the stabilisation job was pretty good. It is a real problem but they are looking at permanent solutions. Good. End of.

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  7. The BBC 5 Day weather forecast is not always accurate. It did not forecast the storms on 3rd January 2012 until the last minute. The best forecast to use is magicseaweed.com with has seperate charts for wind and pressure for the next 180 hours ( seven and a half days).

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