Comment posted Aberdeen votes by narrow majority for video game ‘garden’ at Union Terrace by Graeme McCormick.
This is great news. Aberdeen should have a vibrant public realm given it’s massive economic advantage. Instead it is a provincial backwater with little modern architectural merit.
The key to the longterm success of this new square is how well it is maintained once it’s completed.
We have a poor record of maintaining our public works in Scotland. Let’s hope Aberdeen builds in a proper maintenance plan in the project
Recent comments by Graeme McCormick
- New Environment Secretary with responsibility for implementing land reform to address landowners’ conference
All land and floorspace will become a source of public revenue. Land owners need to realise that unless the land is economically viable the parts which are not will be a liability which they would do well to offload just now.
- Landowners welcome Scottish Government’s new address to issues facing rural Scotland
What I have read of Andy Wightman’s and other land reformers’ ambitions fall rather short of radical. While righting the wrongs of the past have an emotional appeal the democratisation of our land within the constraints of the European Convention on Human Rights requires a different approach.
The financial key for government in any system is to secure the necessary funding for its programmes and ambitions. Land including the property and floor space thereon can provide substantially greater public revenue than currently raised while substantially reducing the liability of the vast majority of people to contribute financially to the state.
The Greens have an agenda to raise tax generally and propose to retain most existing taxes when the reverse is possible if they only embraced the full potential of a model of Annual Ground Rent which dispensed with all other taxes. Such an approach would comply with the ECHR and offer private land owners some substantial benefits as well.
It would also force us as a society to rethink our relationship with the land and how we steward it. Something which will have huge significance for us as driver-less cars and other innovations reduce traditional employment opportunities and we turn our attention to keeping an increasing population active who are not otherwise gainfully employed.
- Will Hosie’s London caper keep Robison in Cabinet?
For all your comments about the abilities of members of the Scottish Cabinet the fact is they were returned by their constituency electorate and the Scottish government was returned with a higher share of the vote. The reasonable take on that would be that the electorate is generally well pleased with the past performance of the Scottish government and its ministers. Time for Newsie to move on, wipe the slate of criticism clean and see how they perform collectively and individually in the new term.
- Scottish Election 2016: the plays in Argyll & Bute and in Dumbarton
As an SNP member who competed and lost to Jackie Baillie in 2007 I take issue with your sweeping statement that she is “loathed with a vengeance”.
On a personal level I rather like her and have worked with her and other parties on the Vale of Leven Hospital Campaign group for many years.
She is opportunistic in exploiting perceived concerns about the Vale of Leven Hospital and Faslane which she has been instrumental in creating. But I think you will find next Friday Morning that she has cried wolf too often. Gail Robertson has a quiet dignity about her and her work rate and attention to detail is to be admired. She will be an excellent MSP for her constituents.
If Jackie is returned on the Labour List then I hope her contribution can be more positively focused in combining with those of us determined to improve the quality of life of the Lower Clyde
- In daftest election campaign ever, Dugdale raises laughs with pledge to cure loneliness
Poor Kezia actually got something right. She highlighted the scourge of loneliness. The problem is she didn’t show any radical suggestions to address it. I see that the Postal Authorities in Finland are now offering to cut people’s grass in part to make up the drop in traditional post and to try and preserve a universal obligation.
As the Royal Mail was the only public service with the capacity to contact personally virtually every citizen 6 times a week here is an opportunity for the postal service to take on a basis social work role of checking on older, lonely and vulnerable people. Such a service could be developed in different ways and make a major contribution to addressing loneliness and those who may not speak to another human being for weeks.
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