We used the term ‘harbour dues’ meaning ‘berthing …

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

We used the term ‘harbour dues’ meaning ‘berthing dues’.

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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’.

Recent comments by newsroom

  • State Guardians / Named Persons a situation out of control
    We accept that this latest story is correct.
    However, an earlier one – that of a family fleeing the Highlands and movong to Edinburgh had so many questions – like the age of the boy concerned; and the fact that Edinburgh is nor necessarily free of state guardians as local authorities in that area were licensed to conduct pilot implementations of the system. Since the government intention is to implement the measure across Scotland, Edinburgh – if the family are not currently living in a place where pilot state guardianships are in train, Edinburgh can offer only short term sanctuary. The boy, we understand may have now reached normal maturity. Given that the state guardian measure was introduced by statute in 2014, the family’s move cannot have taken place much before this time.
    Examples with no more than a peripheral – and even questionable – relationship to the generality of the impact of the state guardian imposition cannot serve to clarify the core abuses this system inflicts on the great majority of safe, loving and responsible families.
    We had first nighlioghtd the ‘Edinburgh move’ story but when we interrogated fully its detail e withdrew the article and made our position clear.
    Nothing gains from insecure tactical claims.
    This is not a tactical issue. It is a moral and political one and its hits at the heart of the sort of family life most of us have been fortunate to enjoy.
    There are far less needlessly damaging, more easily and less expensively achievable means of protecting the fewer [but not few children] who are at risk.
    The Scottish Government introduced covert pilot implementations of this measure despite having assured the concerned Scottish Parliament that there would be no implementations without further consultation.
    It is to the Parliament’s profound discredit that, on so serious a socially transformative matter, it did not make a sustained attempt to hold the government to account on this.
  • State Guardians / Named Persons a situation out of control
    We have used the word ‘fascist’ on some occasions to describe similar undemocratic interventions achieved by force majeure.
    People object to that as well – because everyone imagines fascism and fascists only exist elsewhere, somewhere else.
    However, you might find ‘fascist’ a more accurate and wholly defensible descriptor of your judgment of this particular intervention.
    The OED says of ;fasism’:
    ‘Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach.’
  • Oban Bay Marine – and its 52 paid-up business supporters – go public for Oban’s marina
    The plan for the transit marina has kayak steps built into the town-facing shoreside rock armour, to support local kayak teaching and expedition businesses.
  • Oban Bay Marine – and its 52 paid-up business supporters – go public for Oban’s marina
    It is indeed a very serious issue.
    With public funding about to tighten again for a few years and with Argyll’s falling population and inept economic development unable to attract more substantial state funding, getting that ¬£2m spent on the transit marina and seeing it up and working for the 2016 season really is Oban’s last chance for a decade to get new energy and an earner to carry it over and build for the future.
  • Scotland’s Big Voice and the ‘One Vote’ fight for the Union
    http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/09/22/alex-salmond-suggests-scotland-can-unilaterally-declare-independence-without-another-referendum-claims-no-voters-were-tricked/

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12 Responses to We used the term ‘harbour dues’ meaning ‘berthing …

  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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