Comment posted Job losses of established staff follow SPT’s change of operator of Kilcreggan Ferry by newsroom.
Who would not subscribe to every word of this?
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- What is the route from the Gamble Steps to the railhead?
- We cannot compromise the staff concerned by trying to speak to them – they are still council employees.
If there are other responsibilities in their job descriptions, they might form the basis for whatever redeployment may be in the frame, should that be acceptable.
We are aware that the Council told the Helensburgh Advertiser that there were no planned redundancies, with the men receiving their redundancy notices on the heels of that statement.
This can safely be read as the cowardly action of a paranoid council culture, knowing it would get hammered for these job losses but realistically having little alternative.
We thought about the Waverley of course – but it visits Kilcreggan very seldom and would not make a job.
As for maintenance, these days, with the unmanned piers which are the majority, maintenance will be done by a team sent in following a periodic inspection.
The issue here is the length of the perid.
CalMac have been having real difficulties with the Craignure jetty on Mull, which is council owned and whch is in a bad way.
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The desperate grasping at Kezia Dugdale rather suggests that what you fear may happen is on the slipway.
Kezia Dugdale is a talented MSP who shines in a very shallow pool where the best talents are unremarkable.
With experience and a good mentor, she could be an influential politician for the future.
But she is being grabbed at simply because she shines relatively, with no care for the fact that she needs time and guidance to grow to political maturity.
She does not need to be propelled prematurely into the leadership of a haphazard parliamentary group within a national party which is directionless and underfuelled.
With no sign on the horizon – at Holyrood or Westminster, of the thinkers that are so badly needed right now, Labour needs a strong strategic political intelligence to harness and redirect itself. There is no sign of that capability either.
Political fixing and opportunism will get a listless party through the odd bad night but cannot fuel it for an expedition.
The prospects are not good.
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Obviously cross-eyed in adding this one up. Apologies. Will recalibrate this later.
On the second point, this is a rule-of-thumb indicator; and some people who give first prefs do so out of temporary disaffection with another party and are not actually core vote for the party on question. So the most reliable rule-of-thumb is to take votes at face value – including those for newly disaffected independents.
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Had you made your suggestion on the lighting design for the square to Councillor Petrie who might then have taken if forwards at council level and become singularly associated with it through that process?
We should make it clear that it is popular received perception that associates Councillor Petrie with the ‘Comet’ lights, rather than any claim made by the man himself.
It would be very interesting to know of your complete plans for the lighting of the Square and the thinking behind what you had intended.
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It may be that this is an issue Mr Brown has not fully thought through.
He does seem the most capable candidate and the most progressive one.
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Evidently all ‘single use’ bags carry the levy, regardless of the material form which they are made – paper, plastic or recyclables.
But hygiene related bags – as for bread and cakes, for dirty products [eg with soil attached] and for medicines, are levy free.
We’ve not seen anything yet on take away food packaging, like polystyrene fish and chip or pizza boxes.
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