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Comment posted Was this a fair tender process? Government cuts Orkney ferry frequencies within days of Serco contract award by newsroom.

Many thanks. This is very helpful.

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  • We gave the information direct from the government tender document – which is hardly unresearched.

    If you have other documentary evidence to the contrary, why not give links to it so that readers may see it for themselves, rather than make what at the moment are unsupported declarations?

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  • The EVEL mess and the name of the game
    ‘Scottish Affaires Committee’ sounds quite exotic, NCH.
    As a political realist, l am as uninterested in the ‘affaires’ of the Scottish Affairs Committee at Westminster as I would expect any serious nationalist to be.
    The SNP has indy within its grasp if it has the bottle to go for it in the 2016 Scottish Election.
    I have absolutely no doubt that, if it wants indy, the party can muster what it needs to take the win in May 2016; even though, on the hardest of hard evidence, in my view it would be – after the Blair 2003 Iraq gig – the stand out act of irresponsibilty in the direct experience of my lifetime.
    And if the UK Government were so foolish as to deny a second referendum, the mandate of the 2016 Scottish election that had led to the request would support a UDI in short order.
    The power is not at Westminster and I would have thought you would celebrate and use that rather than get drawn into silly parochial games in the House of Commons.
    It remains a matter of wonder to me that the SNP are now focused on Westminster, with Holyrood already the B-arena.
    The seduction of the bigger game seems irresistible even to supposed separatists with supposed contempt for ‘Westmonster’.
    Why so worried about whatever happens at the Scottish Affairs Committee? It doesn’t matter.
    Lynda
  • Is Greece facing the possibility of another junta?
    ‘Perpetual bailout’ has been exactly the case – and the IMF’s calculations of the impact of the austerity requirements on Greece were very short of the mark, with the reality biting much deeper, harder and not necessarily in the right places.
  • Is this the ultimate dream Scottish property? Golfers will agree.
    Not unlucky, Treble T – lucky.
    I used professionally sourced information on a subject I know nothing about, which may actually prove to have been correct.
    The eventual correctness would be a relief – but the enjoyment has been the learning – from your knowledge of the sport and of that course – of how you may be able literally to create eighteen different playing holes with six greens and eight tee blocks.
    The ingenuity of this is fascinating and I now want to know the detail of how this course is arranged.
    This has been a wholly positive contribution and the thanks are genuine.
    Lynda
  • Is this the ultimate dream Scottish property? Golfers will agree.
    This is very illuminating. Thank you.
    So – speaking logically and in ignorance of golf, this would suggest that, since the Tower of Lethendy has eight tee blocks, each of these will serve ore than one hole, creating perhaps eighteen different ‘holes’, using the same six greens but coming at them by different routes.
    If this is the case, it may be possible for ‘eighteen holers’ of this nature to gain a Par 57?
    The design would be intriguing to know- and we have asked to know.
  • Western Ferries: history and validation
    You are quite right – and the title and text are being edited to conform with that.
    I have lived for some time with a quite wrong sense of what ‘valediction’ means.
    The mistake was mine. Apologies for that. Lynda

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8 Responses to Many thanks. This is very helpful. …

  1. Well I wait with baited breath to see how The Doc, DMH, Morag, Anne and the rest of the usual suspects put a positive spin on this, the latest bit of chicanery by the SNP!

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  2. @ Newsroom: You will find up-to-date transport statistics on the Transport Scotland website. To save you from having to search for it yourselves, here’s the link to the 2011 figures.
    http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/strategy-and-research/publications-and-consultations/j205779-00.htm
    Given traffic levels on the Pentland Firth service mid-winter — the midday crossing usually only carries a handful of vehicles, often in single figures — I am left wondering if any other bidder saw savings to be made by omitting it when really it’s not needed. Yes, I know it’s supposedly a ‘Lifeline Service’, but be realistic about this — there are still two other NorthLink sailings and also Banksie’s catamaran running three times a day too. Did Northlink themselves (or anyone else) bid to run three runs every day? Without knowing that, criticising Serco is a bit harsh in this instance.

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  3. “When the change of service provider was announced following the tendering process, Orkney and Shetland were assured that they would see improvements to the services. Is this it?”

    I am sure Transport Scotland will find some way to claim its a better service. The claim does not need to have any basis in reality. Look at the improved service we got in Dunoon with bigger boats!

    Does the Orkney service include relief vessels or has that been “improved” so that sailings get cut in half anytime a vessels breaks down or needs serviced – as in Dunoon.

    It is a good point about the contract being changed immediately after companies bid, though presumably even Transport Scotland were not stupid enough to leave themselves exposed.

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  4. The forArgyll article stated “The issue with which we are concerned is whether this substantial change of required service provision, coming to son after the award of contract, invalidates the tender”

    But, as I now understand it, the tender specification essentially invited bidders to reduce from 3 to 2 return crossings per weekday for the non-peak period. The non-peak period was not specified and had to be defined by the bidder.

    So most of this article was un-researched forargyll speculation about an article read somewhere else and then regurgitated as news and information.

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    • We gave the information direct from the government tender document – which is hardly unresearched.

      If you have other documentary evidence to the contrary, why not give links to it so that readers may see it for themselves, rather than make what at the moment are unsupported declarations?

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  5. Having watched Question Time the other night, I was astounded at the paucity of comment in favour of the union. Even Forsyth made an idiot of himself.

    It does appear, yet again, our very own SNP are leading the charge for a ‘NO’ vote in 2014. Their defense probably will be something to do with Green issues or European rules…

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