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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?

Recent comments by newsroom

  • Privatisation: Scottish Government binned its own ferry company in favour of Serco
    For anglophile: The manner of the award of this contract remains a live issue. To the best of our knowledge there is ongoing legal action.
  • Privatisation: Scottish Government binned its own ferry company in favour of Serco
    I take the point here on splitting the vote, Lowry.
    Having been horrified at the bitter divisiveness of this campaign – which has, on the evidence, almost entirely been coming from the nationalist side, I have wondered why a binary choice, which could only polarise, was the decision.
    I have also wondered why it was deemed satisfactory for a country’s constitutional identity to be permanently changed on the strength, potentially, of one vote in a first past the post system.
    We have checked the text of the full Edinburgh Agreement; and the text of the section of law which governs this referendum – and neither document mentions anything about the threshold to win.
    Further enquiries look as if this issue was simply not raised, but covered under a general rubric for referenda which was not scrutinised for its appropriateness to this specific case.
  • Machtoberfest at the Village at Machrihanish Dunes
    Businesses cite endless awards they have been given – and Machrihnish Dunes has received a series of awards since it began.
    In my personal view few awards operate any serious criteria seriously and are mainly a mix of a jolly for the industry in question; an earner – in that in some cases tickets to the award ceremony are sold; and a feel-good pat on the back for the bugginses whose turn it’s reckoned to be.
    But I’m an existentialist.
    This personal view is no reflection on any award Machrihanish Dunes has been awarded.
    We support their efforts – awards or no awards – to bring business to Kintyre because Southworth Developments has made a major, a serious and engaged investment in doing just that, through its two developments in Campbeltown at The Royal Hotel and in Machrihanish, with the unique SSSI dunes golf course, the Ugadale Hotel restoration and the recovery, restoration and major upgrading of the stone cottages above the beach in the village.
    This has been a genuine attempt by a corporation to put serious investment into a particularly beautiful place, which is a bit remote for those who like everything bang on their doorstep; and to do this to turn around the fortunes of the entire Kintyre Peninsula – a breathtaking area I personally drive for pleasure.
    Who sees too much of this sort of business enterprise these days?
    So if the awards they have been given are things on which value is placed by potential customers – they will not be disappointed. The company has done a quality job.
    Machrihanish is not the cote d’azur but this part of the world is characterful and lovely, if on the breezy side.
    And for the record, we are not paid by anyone for what we do. We run our judgment in the interests of Argyll as we see them; and we give our support to enterprises that are the best of their kind and are ambitious always to do more and to do better.
    Lynda
  • Scottish severance negotiations: location, batting order, public information
    There will be no good will. Why should there be?
    Scotland’s UDI will greatly damage the United Kingdom which has had no say in the matter.
    The United Kingdom, the Westminster government, England and the English have been vilified and demonised – and on camera, by the First Minister in his stunt at Arbroath – in what has been a pretty racist campaign.
    Notions that the abused are therefore going to want to be generous to Scotland in preference to looking first to shore up their own damaged interests are wholly unrealistic.
  • Scottish severance negotiations: location, batting order, public information
    Both Mr Sillars delaration and the First Minister’s non-repudiatory response are on the record in the public domain.
    The First Minister neither dismissed nor clarified any of the positions Mr Sillars described.

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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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