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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  • The view from Lochinvar: party of the century from the Commonwealth Flotilla
    Thank you – and I wasn’t looking for this.
    Lynda
  • The view from Lochinvar: party of the century from the Commonwealth Flotilla
    Thank you for your kind comments about the piece.
    I never know to whom comments refer – so to be clear, in what I said to defend For Argyll’s and my own very real independence of anything and anyone, I had not suggested in any way that Mr Black was a supporter of anything.
    I was – and am – concerned only at his assumption that For Argyll is different from what I know it to be.
  • Managed protest at Pacific Quay shames pro-indy campaign
    For Argyll editorialises as a matter of policy.
    With interactive media today, since any reader is free to comment [unedited] – and many do – a news platform is free to take a position and not contribute to a fraud on the public by pretending that there are two sides of equal weight on a specific issue, where this is not the case.
    Our positional judgments are made on the basis of evidence and not on the basis of preconception or bias.
    The powerful evidence for this is that we publicly supported potential independence for several years from 2007. The reasons why we have come to oppose it today are evidential and arise from serious independent researches of our own. These have shown us that the prospectus on which the country will vote on 18th September is incomplete and knowingly deceptive; that promises made cannot be fulfilled as the prospectus stands – and more are being made on a daily basis now [today's is that if you vote 'Yes', wages will go up]; and that controversial decisions planned to be taken [as on various aspects of taxation] have been suppressed until later for fear of losing votes.
    We have also become increasingly concerned at the degree and speed of implementation of a totalitarian political philosophy; and about the willingness to exert intimidation and deploy patronage to suppress criticism and resistance to this direction of travel. Ironically, this is the modus operandi indy is supposed to free us from.
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    No one to whom honesty and straightforwardness matter could put their name to taking Scotland into an uncertain independence on the back of this prospectus and this campaign.
    I have learned to disrespect the SNP as a party – never a position I had imagined I would arrive at. Whatever the outcome in September, I will not vote for them again.
    Lynda
  • The view from Lochinvar: party of the century from the Commonwealth Flotilla
    On a point of fact, it is not CalMac but CMAL [Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited - also state owned] which commissioned and owns the two hybrid ferries.
    We wouldn’t have spent the money this way. It had too high a degree of the ‘green vanity project’ about it and there have been a range of unforeseen issues about which little is known but which have cost more money than originally budgeted, over and above the usual overruns.
    But the boats are here, in service, with good manoeuverability.
    CalMac does not – contractually cannot – choose the boats it uses. That does not mean that the company would or would not have preferred anything else in this instance. We have no idea of that position.
    The issue is one of the accountability of government to the public whose taxes pay for the results of decisions which are not always made on the defensible criteria, with informed perspectives and with the overt purpose in mind – on projects with no serious pressure to manage to budget. It’s ‘other people’s money’.
  • The view from Lochinvar: party of the century from the Commonwealth Flotilla
    There was a reason why MV Clyde Clipper and MV Cruiser displayed their seamanship in the very close quarters manoeuvre we reported after Clipper came out of her dock at Greenock.
    Clipper had run out of coffee and was being supplied from Cruiser.

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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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  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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