Comment posted The eurozone crisis and the Independence referendum: time for proactive postponement? by Bob Chicken.
Keith – “If our money was not being redirected to foreign lands then perhaps we could make use of our abundance for the good of Scotland”.
Perhaps our First Minister should have thought of that when he was given nearly £800 million for the Forth Road Bridge. He scuttled off to China and Poland on a spending spree and came back with a bagful of Polish and Chinese contracts and, oh yes…. a couple of Pandas!
This incident saw Scottish Workers writing to a Tory Prime Minister asking him to persuade the “progressive” Scottish Government to use Scottish Steel.
I believe that the end result is that around £20 million of work will go to Scottish Companies and we are now inundated with front page headlines about the sex-life of bloody pandas!
Recent comments by Bob Chicken
- Loch Fyne Whiskies sold
A great pity that Richard is selling up. He has done a terrific job with Loch Fyne Whiskies and his choice of stock has brought a lot of pleasure to many of us!
- Care Accolade 2013 recognition for Argyll and Bute Council Community Dementia Team
Well done the Dementia Team – thoroughly deserved recognition for all your efforts.
- Campbeltown IS to get the white elephant ferry route
One of the lessons we all learned from the last Ballycastle service is that it’s important to develop the business to business links.
After the service had stopped, and prior to a 2nd attempt to get it going again, a survey was done with businesses on both sides of the North Channel. It was found that, despite a complete lack of encouragement to business trade, many links had been forged and that a surprising number of businesses had started trading on the other side.
It was also found that the short and sporadic seasonal nature of the service discouraged many traders from making any commitments. A number told us that they would be happy to trade across the water if the service ran on an 11 or 12 month basis.
There were also a lot of agricultural ties between the two sides. None of this was exploited by the ferry company. Indeed, one got the impression that they were actually anti-business.
If this service is to prosper there needs to be a concerted effort to make these vital business to business links with the mainland. Perhaps this is a good opportunity for HIE to lend a helping hand (and some serious seedcorn funding) to encourage local businesses to make a start.
Tourism is, of course, important, it provides the the icing for the cake. However it is the day to day trade links that will make this service work and, hopefully expand from the, less than generous, 3 days/week to the 5 to 7 day service that is really needed here in Kintyre.
- Struan Lodge closure proposal and costs confusion – have we not seen this before?
“When all of this unravelled through the dedicated researches of SRSN and of the newly formed and effective Argyll Rural Schools Network”
So,who is going to take up the sword, so effectively wielded by these bodies for the primary schools, on behalf of the old, the poor and the vulnerable as they are marched into the firing line?
- Troubling responses to the death of Margaret Thatcher
I find it a sign of a healthy democracy that, from the announcement of her death, the UK media and public expressed their true feelings about Thatcher, whether I agree with them or not.
A few young socialists showing their joy at the passing of such a divisive icon of British politics is surely to be applauded and not villified.
On the other hand, yesterday’s tributes in the Mother Of All Parliaments seemed designed as nothing more than a stage managed session of mutual self gratification for the Tory Members. It was just about saved from tooth rotting, sugary blandness by the contributions of Glenda Jackson, Michael Meacher, David Winnick and Angus Robertson.
However,the moment I enjoyed most, took place in the placid environs of the House of Lords where the true and lasting nature of the Tory Party really became apparent. Lord Tebbit, in the presence of Lord Howe, told us he regretted that “I left her at the mercy of her friends,”. The Chingford Polecat truly savaged the Dead Sheep!
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