Comment posted Job losses of established staff follow SPT’s change of operator of Kilcreggan Ferry by Robert Wakeham.
So, to sum up, SPT doesn’t believe in exercising ‘Due Diligence’ before they let a contract (‘not our job’?), the Kilcreggan ferry users haven’t been informed of the details of the new ferry (‘who do they think they are?’), and for 12 months people will have an extra 200 metres to walk to reach the train at Gourock (‘so what?’).
I’m beginning to understand why the government removed SPT from control of the Glasgow suburban train network. I wonder if there are any other aspects of SPT’s ‘mission statement’ (?) that are still to surface from the depths?
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- Ideally it should be the end of the SPT era, with the future of Clyde passenger ferries entrusted to those with the vision to see the long term value in fostering a useful, reliable system – and the competence, integrity and determination to see their function as not just feathering their own nests while the services steadily decay through official neglect – Scotland’s not in the third world, is it?.
- If SPT were up to speed ferry passengers would buy their train ticket on the ferry, or even be able to buy a combined ferry+train ticket, and there would be no nonsense about having to traipse down to the station ticket office and then back to the train. Train+ferry and train+bus tickets are commonplace in the civilised world, so what world does SPT inhabit?
- Surely telling porkies to win a contract would only stack up if the contract administrator was porky-tolerant, so it’ll be interesting to see how SPT handle this.
- Which leaves an outside observer wondering whether politicians at both central and local government level mught have been placing far to much faith in SPT. Easy to say with hindsight, but then I think there were warning signs when some senior officials were brought to book for being more interested in what SPT could do for them than what it was doing for public transport. And the Holyrood government stripped SPT of control of the Strathclyde region suburban train system – that wasn’t just down to party political hubris, was it?
- It’s as if the authorities are turning their backs on this area and hoping it’ll just disappear. There’s a chance for the government to take the lead, for Alex & co to realise that there’s more to building a country than cultivating the fat cats of dubious integrity and realise that they have a duty of constructive care for communities that seem to be subject to destructive neglect. Just what have SPT and Argyll & Bute Council done to foster links between communities on the lower Clyde that grew up around efficient, integrated ferry links that are being allowed to wither away and die in the face of the motor car? The cost of driving is going nowhere but up, and if ever there was a time for realising that these places need robust and affordable ferry links if they’re to prosper, it’s now. Alex, forget the Trumps and Murdochs as role models and remember what Robert Burns had to say about the real people, because they’re who you’re ultimately accountable to.
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A touch simplistic, to put it far too politely.
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The country we inhabit, and it doesn’t matter which country in the context of what I said – the point is that Shetland does contribute to our general prosperity, whether directly – eg jobs in Lerwick – or indirectly – by ‘trickle down’ of tax revenue one way or another. You can turn it into a political argument if you want, but please don’t hijack what I was saying – that Shetland is a valuable asset, but is relatively remote due to its far north location, and people deserve to have the benefit of affordable travel.
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The roof of the pub was very unusual – the building had originally been much higher, and after the roof and top floors were demolished the first floor structure was retained and covered with a flat roof structure, which was eventually covered with another flat roof structure. If, as would be usual, the first floor was heavy timber joists with the voids filled with ash or similar deafening, this – plus the layers above – would have ‘cushioned’ the impact to some extent, and might explain the reports from people who’d been in the pub that the ceiling didn’t cave in immediately on impact.
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How about leaving the ‘perspective’ for 24 hours until the other consequences – well beyond Tiree – become apparent?
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This might give ‘multitasking’ a whole new meaning, in the same way that the council meetings seem to benefit from a novel application of the ‘just in time’ production philosophy to the ‘delivery’ of information to councillors just before they’re required to reach a decision.
Probably also linked to the ‘need to know’ principle of keeping as many people as possible ‘in the dark’ for as long as possible, in the interests of efficient, smooth and hassle-free administration.
And let’s not forget the notion of ‘corporate responsibility’ – swim together, sink together?
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