He absolutlely should be proud, Brian Keating is …

Comment posted Ugadale Hotel reopens to the call of The Herd’s Horn by newsroom.

He absolutlely should be proud, Brian Keating is one of the great inspirational innovators in Argyll – and he is the force behind Helensburgh’s great ccmmunity TV statlon – URTV.

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  • Indy, the banks and the Scottish economy
    About 20 months ago, Alastair Darling who was Chancellor at the time of the major period of meltdown in the financial sector in the Autumn of 2008 gave this first hand insight on his experience of the recapitalisation of RBS: ‘All I can tell you is that, on the night of 7 [October] 2008, no one at all anywhere in the world rushed to chip in to bail out RBS, despite the fact that it had a very large trading arm in the United States and many of the losses that it made were there.
    ‘Obviously the US Fed was immensely helpful in terms of liquidity support and tiding over;it kept RBS going for a whole afternoon when it got into trouble on that Tuesday.
    ‘When it came to recapitalisation, though — I think that the recapitalisation figure is about 30 percent of Scottish GDP — there was no one queuing up to do it. As Mervyn King said, these banks are global in life but national in death.’
  • Indy, the banks and the Scottish economy
    Banking is one of those very many things where size matters.
    And in parochialism, size matters too in determining degree.
    America can be and is ‘parochial’ in many ways but within its own borders its scale and diversity is vast in every way.
  • Indy, the banks and the Scottish economy
    This highlights the reality that trying to identify aspects of other societies that interest and attract some of us as potential models for Scotland can only fail.
    It’s not about the ideas and the strategies. It’s about the societal and fiscal contexts in which they would be put to work – with the context of every society developing over long periods of time and not susceptible, as you say, to sudden philosophical, political and operational changes of direction.
  • Indy, the banks and the Scottish economy
    Apart from your usual willful failure, in your own partisan interests, to address the complex realities of this situation and instead to throw up misdirecting smokescreening, from what you say here you will obviously see the inevitable post-indy departure of the RBS HQ as good riddance.
    That is hardly the stance of the ‘side’ for which you perpetually campaign.
    We have sympathy with your distaste for bankers and ‘the club’ but, like bacteria, they and their banks are necessary to the uninterrupted running of our national financial system.
  • Indy, the banks and the Scottish economy
    If you read the argument, we have said that the consequence of an independent Scotland that could only cover threatened Scottish assets of an RBS headquartered in Scotland [which is all that it would be required to do] would lead to one of two undesirable outcomes.
    It could produce an RBS still headquartered here but that could operate with assured stability only within a Scottish market; and therefore became a parochial rather than an international bank.
    It could produce an RBS with no interest in major downscaling of its activities and that would protect its preferred scale of operation by migrating its HQ south across the border.
    For a country without a Central Bank and therefore with no lender of last resort, there is no third way here.
    Both of these outcomes would have negative impacts on Scotland and neither could be positive.

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6 Responses to He absolutlely should be proud, Brian Keating is …

  1. I remember when Brian Keating acquired the Ugadale and the Beachcomber about 5 years ago and he was talking then about reviving the Kintyre Club then. I think alot of people thought he was mad. It was so great to see him yesterday, and see his project reaching fruition. Saving the Royal, building the new course, recruiting the Americans, reviving the Kintyre Club…. He should be very proud!!

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    • He absolutlely should be proud, Brian Keating is one of the great inspirational innovators in Argyll – and he is the force behind Helensburgh’s great ccmmunity TV statlon – URTV.

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  2. What a great project for Kintyre, Keating & Southworth should be commended. Both have done a great deal to help the area. Building the second sustainable links course (which can never be moved to China), Restoring the two most beautiful hotels in Kintyre (both over 100 years old) to their former glory..(with better water closets), employing 100′s, attracting 1000′s and also restoring the Kintyre Club, a much forgotten institution which captured the very spirit and pride of Kintyre when it was the mother of Scottish enterprise.

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