It’s an epidemic, Robert! And very …

Comment posted Support Argyll’s single Olympic torchbearer at Tarbet on 9th June by Mairi.

It’s an epidemic, Robert! And very possibly a juvenile mindset.
I have adopted a self-denying ordinance to NOT ‘dislike’ comments. Life is too short to spend it making conscious statements of hate and aversion.
And I also prefer not to encourage the corrosive cynicism that is on the increase in society at large, I fear. It diminishes each of us, in my view, when we focus attention and energy on what doesn’t ‘light our fires’; much better, I believe, to recognise and cherish the good that does exist. This is not any happy-clappy prozac-fuelled philosophy: Rather, it is simply to recognise that great culture, civilisation and progress have come from the promotion of the good, rather than the punishment of the bad.

Mairi also commented

  • So someone sees fit to ‘dislike’ that this inspirational young girl from Bute is being recognised for the fantastic fund-raising she has done.
    To whoever that was: It must be awful to have such a miserable, twisted outlook on the world. I pity you.
  • You are going to have to change that headline! When I mentioned this to a friend they told me about Jenna Speirs from Bute:

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2012/03/18/brave-sister-launches-second-holiday-home-for-sick-kids-just-three-years-after-calum-s-cabin-86908-23792881/

    http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/torchbearers/torchbearers=jenna-speirs-4921/index.html

    On who runs where… there are people from Ayrshire carrying the torch in Glasgow, and folk from Glasgow running with it in Ayrshire. I think it is the way of the logistics, coordinating people’s availability, getting a balance of people on any given day, etc.

    Overall, while it is disappointing that the route does not take in more of Argyll, I would put it the other way: What did our Council, MP and MSPs do to promote the case for including Argyll? I know for a fact that other areas were ‘represented’. And that such lobbying was balanced by the organisers overall objectives of being within 20(?) miles of 90% of the UK population, when the final route was approved.

    On balance, I think they are doing a really good job, and I find these stories inspirational. What is not to love about giving 7,000 extraordinary people a chance to shine?

  • David MacPherson from Inveraray will also be carrying the torch. Read about his story here:

    http://www.mnetv.tv/newsroom/newsStory.aspx?id=877

Recent comments by Mairi

  • Galbraith fighting for restitution of local maternity scanning in Argyll and the Isles
    NCH, your cynicism knows no bounds.

    I don’t take orders from anyone, nor react to nods or winks – not that there were any.

    I do what I believe to be right for the area. You do what you can to defend the SNP.
    They’re the ones in power you realise. Not the people you list who held office a generation ago! Your desperate attempts to deflect from the current SNP administration just highlights how badly they’ve managed the NHS locally.

    I’ve read that document you link to; you’ll notice it’s an update, and so there is no commitment to specific locations, no confirmation of agreement with Greater Glasgow & Clyde, detailed planning is still outstanding, approvals and formal sign-off are missing, and as a consequence we still don’t know for sure whether services will restart, in which locations, and when.

  • Galbraith fighting for restitution of local maternity scanning in Argyll and the Isles
    No Cheese Here wrote:
    “Did your Bailie pal help you construct this letter?”

    What makes you think I can’t compose a letter on my own? That is a condescending comment from you NCH. It reveals a lot.

    I highlight a very real failing of the SNP run NHS in Argyll & Bute – and your answer is to attack me, a native of Argyll, keen to do what I can to serve the public and improve our area. Then you want to pin blame on politicians who haven’t been in power for more than seven years.

    And still you defend the SNP government – absolutely – along with their appointees on NHS boards for dismantling our local NHS. It’s pathetic, really. They’re fouling up local services for mums-to-be, and you justify their damaging actions.

    You need to read what I’ve written more carefully. What’s happening right now is costing the tax-payer more than we spent before. Reintroducing local maternity scanning – whether by providing more training to local midwives or sending specialists from Glasgow to local hospitals – is likely to save money.

    It’s also unacceptable that there’s been no communication with local communities about this – no consultation on what the replacement service will be, when it will start… who knows if they will ever deliver on the bland commitments made in 2013 to replace the previous scanning services with something different?

    The lack of local maternity scanning and the silence about its absence are both wholly unacceptable. You should be brave enough to admit it.

  • Galbraith fighting for restitution of local maternity scanning in Argyll and the Isles
    In the world No Cheese Here occupies it’s OK to withdraw services from our hospitals. Seriously, that’s what is being said here. That’s how desperate NCH is to defend the SNP. Any price – including local maternity services – is a price worth paying, according to this independence supporter.

    He or she doesn’t care that Argyll & Bute is the virtually unique in having had all these services withdrawn. Services that exist in the Western Isles – a community with only a third of our population.

    Why is our local Argyll & Bute NHS being dismantled by the SNP?

  • Galbraith fighting for restitution of local maternity scanning in Argyll and the Isles
    This decision to withdraw services was not taken for budgetary reasons. If it was just about the money, the outcome would have been different because the travel and accommodation for hundreds of women costs far more than it would to send a sonographer to each local area.

    As most local people know, this is a well proven model for lots of specialist services in Argyll & Bute ie send the consultant to a clinic in Oban/Campbeltown/Islay etc to see 20 people, rather than all 20 people travel to Glasgow.

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    Exactly Clootie!

    You explained that perfectly :)

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16 Responses to It’s an epidemic, Robert! And very …

  1. BBC News reported tonight that a team of no less than 350 were accompanying the flame as it toured including several police cars and back up vehicles so they should be able to find someone to take it through Bridge of Orchy.

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  2. Thanks Mairi and good luck to David, who, like three other Argyll torchbearers, is not carrying the flame in his own territory (why ever not?) but between Aberdeen and Stornoway – between which it travels mainly by air.
    If they’d had the imagination, the flame should have been travelling the ferries as the organic mode of transport in this part of the world.

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    • If you wonder why none of four Argyll torchbearers are carrying the torch in their own territory, I wonder why a considerable number of the torchbearers in South Devon on Sunday were from France, resident in France. Some sort of sponsorship deal?

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  3. You are going to have to change that headline! When I mentioned this to a friend they told me about Jenna Speirs from Bute:

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2012/03/18/brave-sister-launches-second-holiday-home-for-sick-kids-just-three-years-after-calum-s-cabin-86908-23792881/

    http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/torchbearers/torchbearers=jenna-speirs-4921/index.html

    On who runs where… there are people from Ayrshire carrying the torch in Glasgow, and folk from Glasgow running with it in Ayrshire. I think it is the way of the logistics, coordinating people’s availability, getting a balance of people on any given day, etc.

    Overall, while it is disappointing that the route does not take in more of Argyll, I would put it the other way: What did our Council, MP and MSPs do to promote the case for including Argyll? I know for a fact that other areas were ‘represented’. And that such lobbying was balanced by the organisers overall objectives of being within 20(?) miles of 90% of the UK population, when the final route was approved.

    On balance, I think they are doing a really good job, and I find these stories inspirational. What is not to love about giving 7,000 extraordinary people a chance to shine?

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  4. So someone sees fit to ‘dislike’ that this inspirational young girl from Bute is being recognised for the fantastic fund-raising she has done.
    To whoever that was: It must be awful to have such a miserable, twisted outlook on the world. I pity you.

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    • There’s a surprising number of ‘dislikes’ in this thread, and I wonder if there’s a juvenile mindset that thinks it’s clever to disapprove of everything?

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      • It’s an epidemic, Robert! And very possibly a juvenile mindset.
        I have adopted a self-denying ordinance to NOT ‘dislike’ comments. Life is too short to spend it making conscious statements of hate and aversion.
        And I also prefer not to encourage the corrosive cynicism that is on the increase in society at large, I fear. It diminishes each of us, in my view, when we focus attention and energy on what doesn’t ‘light our fires’; much better, I believe, to recognise and cherish the good that does exist. This is not any happy-clappy prozac-fuelled philosophy: Rather, it is simply to recognise that great culture, civilisation and progress have come from the promotion of the good, rather than the punishment of the bad.

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        • Mairi …I LIKE THAT LAST COMMENT !!! SHOUT THAT OUT !!! You are so right it can’t be wrong, well done on such an eloquent response to the dislikers. Thankyou.

          The torch is only a symbol for the true light that is within and without us all. The darkness is easily encouraged but it cannot overpower the truth that shines within us all…..no prozac required.

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