Cant see much wrong with the article. Regarding …

Comment posted Russell nails the ‘bloody disgrace’ of Craignure ferry gangway by phill.

Cant see much wrong with the article. Regarding the ‘canny ship jumper’ Mary jean devon, i wonder how the canny electorate will view the yo-yo ing back and forth by this elected member in the name of self preservation.

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  • QM2 moored off Oban
    And Oban gets to pay more parking charges than the rest of the county. Swings and roundabouts ‘RegualarFlyer:
  • NIcola’s vanguard line-up at Forth Bridge
    Agreed Richard, in that the Independence referendum thing will happen with the blessing of the UK parliament. I will vote to remain in UK once again as its what i firmly believe. But the SNP bandwagon will take them over the line within 3 years i feel. Its democracy and thats that. I dont agree with their arithmetic but for our future genertaions sake i hope they are capable of running a good economy. that will be the hard bit and will take a few years to be proved right or wrong.
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    I am not a Scotland downer. I’m a proud Scot, and always have been. I am realistic and I believe that the nationalist policies acannot possibly come to fruition as the figures simply do not add up. That is MY opinion, and because it is not to YOUR liking, does not make it less valid. You have to get to grips with the fact that in a democracy that is what happens.
    If i am wrong and we start to see better roads, more well paid jobs, (when these ‘Westminster baddies’ are out of the equation), through Scottish central government money i will be the first to say well done. Its just that logially i cant understand the arithmetic as well as yourself Machmoalian.
  • Leaders’ debate: no focus like the sight of the finish line
    You’ve hit the nail right on the head Simon. Scotland gets what it wished for and the SNP will be privately setting a timetable for the next referendum. Dont know how they will handle it when it comes to light after a few years they made false promises re FFA, uncosted continued spending, currency, etc etc etc, and after all they ditched Argyll and Bute Council and lost good guys in the process. We will just have to ride it out. If your household was in debt you would trim down money going out and get more in. Its basic to me but the snp apparently can give lots away, and if they can deliver i will be first to say so.
    They are well stage managed, quite silky generally with prerehearsed repetitive answers, and will bask in their moment of glory. It is democracy speaking so i hope that the faith is well founded.
  • Leaders’ debate: no focus like the sight of the finish line
    Didnt see her gatting much applause last night to be honest.

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12 Responses to Cant see much wrong with the article. Regarding …

  1. What a very sad piece from you newsroom.Disappointed you would use this as a SNP election advert but it is good to know where you stand.This shambles has affected locals and tourists alike and when calmac is funded by all taxpayers whatever way they vote to blatantly use it as a political stunt they obviously think our heads zip up the back.
    Power to all the ferry passengers.

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    • Neil – the articles on this site contain a mixture of ‘news’ and ‘comment’ and I would have thought most readers are well able to filter the two from one another and disregard the bits they don’t agree with. It’s not easy to ‘comment’ on an issue without someone somewhere perceiving it as bias, but in this case I’m struggling to see what you are so exercised about. The article is basically news – as in: “MSP calls on council to fix dodgy gangway” – the MSP’s party is not part of the story. This is followed by ‘comment’, echoing Mr Russell’s call on the council to do something about the problem. The bias here seems to me to be no more than ‘For Argyll’

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    • Cant see much wrong with the article. Regarding the ‘canny ship jumper’ Mary jean devon, i wonder how the canny electorate will view the yo-yo ing back and forth by this elected member in the name of self preservation.

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  2. The responsibility for major ferry termini that form part of our national infrastructure seems to be shambolic.
    The likes of Craignure terminal shouldn’t be in the hands of a local council – especially one that treats it as a ‘cash cow’ at the expense of its own taxpayers.
    The government should take over ownership and responsibilty – and the liability for outstanding essential repair / replacement work should be deducted from the price paid to the council. I wonder if the arithmetic would look as favourable to our council as funding the work and keeping the annual revenue? It is our money, Mr Walsh.

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    • We felt that the question in the Draft Ferry Review, now in consultation – about whether or not CMAL should acquire all of the ports and harbours served by the state subsidised ferry services deserved a resounding ‘Yes’.

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      • Yes – and with the proviso that a ferry operator can also be responsible for the shore staff, to avoid the situation that arose at Rothesay when Calmac found themselves at the mercy of a shore staff dispute with the council.

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  3. Terms used are a bit confusing. Calmac has to add a sum to each ticket sold on this run. It is also applied twice for the outward and return. If you carry on to Iona the same applies there. There is also a sum they have to add for each vehicle carried because piers are owned by council. berthing dues are another charge calmac pay to tie up at the pier.

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    • Surely the point is that, whatever the form of ‘tax’, it’s all being levied by the council (as owner of the Craignure terminal) on the ferry users (either directly or indirectly via Calmac) but the council have failed to maintain fit-for-purpose passenger access to the ferry at Craignure. Money for nothing, just an extra tax on people who travel to and from an island.
      Bloody disgrace is putting it mildly, and when Walsh & co get kicked out they should be made to help people on & off the ferry, and carry their bags.

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  4. Nobody nailed Mike Russell yet for the ‘bloody disgrace’ that was Robslee and Hillhead???

    Mmmmm?

    No one going to have a go at the man responsible??

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  5. Surely now this will be a done deal. I know I argued against SNP colleagues in the hustings (my ONLY disagreement in 5 years of working with them) but their insistence that this was indeed ABC’s responsibility can surely mean only one thing???

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