Comment posted Job losses of established staff follow SPT’s change of operator of Kilcreggan Ferry by Robert Wakeham.
It’s as if the authorities are turning their backs on this area and hoping it’ll just disappear. There’s a chance for the government to take the lead, for Alex & co to realise that there’s more to building a country than cultivating the fat cats of dubious integrity and realise that they have a duty of constructive care for communities that seem to be subject to destructive neglect. Just what have SPT and Argyll & Bute Council done to foster links between communities on the lower Clyde that grew up around efficient, integrated ferry links that are being allowed to wither away and die in the face of the motor car? The cost of driving is going nowhere but up, and if ever there was a time for realising that these places need robust and affordable ferry links if they’re to prosper, it’s now. Alex, forget the Trumps and Murdochs as role models and remember what Robert Burns had to say about the real people, because they’re who you’re ultimately accountable to.
Robert Wakeham also commented
- Ideally it should be the end of the SPT era, with the future of Clyde passenger ferries entrusted to those with the vision to see the long term value in fostering a useful, reliable system – and the competence, integrity and determination to see their function as not just feathering their own nests while the services steadily decay through official neglect – Scotland’s not in the third world, is it?.
- If SPT were up to speed ferry passengers would buy their train ticket on the ferry, or even be able to buy a combined ferry+train ticket, and there would be no nonsense about having to traipse down to the station ticket office and then back to the train. Train+ferry and train+bus tickets are commonplace in the civilised world, so what world does SPT inhabit?
- Surely telling porkies to win a contract would only stack up if the contract administrator was porky-tolerant, so it’ll be interesting to see how SPT handle this.
- Which leaves an outside observer wondering whether politicians at both central and local government level mught have been placing far to much faith in SPT. Easy to say with hindsight, but then I think there were warning signs when some senior officials were brought to book for being more interested in what SPT could do for them than what it was doing for public transport. And the Holyrood government stripped SPT of control of the Strathclyde region suburban train system – that wasn’t just down to party political hubris, was it?
- The ambience of Gourock station is that of some East European sink town around the time communism collapsed.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- West Argyll’s forest trails to re-open by Christmas
There’s one trail that doesn’t seem to be recognised by the Forestry Commission – the historic route from Dunardry (Cairnbaan) over the hills to Barnagad and Achnamara – this was the road to Castle Sween and the settlement of Kilmory Knap, and was protected when the Forestry Commission planted Knapdale, but has been suffering from uncleared windblow for more than a year now.
The historic nature of this route, the care that was taken to keep it clear when the forest was planted (except where a parallel forest road on an easier route was built at the east end) and the fact that it would appear to be a right of way makes the inability to clear around half a dozen trees (maybe more now) difficult to understand.
Obviously it’s not a forestry haul road, but the trees blocking it will eventually render an attractive part of our heritage lost.
I’m really surprised that FC Scotland doesn’t seem to care about this, as they safeguard their own roads, the walking trails they’ve developed, and – increasingly – the archaeological sites that were originally planted over.
- SRSN Chair raises issue of Argyll evidence with Holyrood Education Committee
There’s a really serious problem for the whole country – not just Argyll & Bute – if Audit Scotland is sweeping such gross maladministration ‘under the tartan carpet’.
- Mandela an exemplar for redemptive spiritual largeness
It’s developed into a Sunni/Shia conflict, Karl, but it didn’t start that way – and the underlying motivation of Bashar & co is surely exactly the same as that of the white regime in South Africa – a no-holds barred fight to retain their power & privilege.
- Tavish Scott attacks Scottish Government on unconsulted fare hike on Serco Northlink ferries
No need to get antsy, it obviously doesn’t matter which country, does it? – the tax revenue goes, via both the Shetlands council and the UK treasury, to the benefit of both the Shetlands and the rest of the UK, or if Scotland becomes independent, presumably just to the benefit of Scotland.
Now that’s been clarified, perhaps you’d like to give your opinion on my question of whether the Shetlands’ revenue-raising function would justify keeping the ferry fares from escalating. I think it does – and the same argument could be applied to Islay, though it’s not as remote.
- Mandela an exemplar for redemptive spiritual largeness
Yes, Karl, his policy of peaceful protest eventually rattled the authorities to such a degree that the Sharpeville massacre tipped the balance, Mandela reluctantly decided that violence was the only option left, this eventually led to his final trial, and imprisonment, and I’m sure you know the rest – I don’t know about equality, but it brought democracy – and, hopefully, the potential for equality.
At least it’s a more hopeful story than Syria, where peaceful protest immediately led to a degree of sustained government savagery that rapidly sucked in the religious nutters from outside the country, who’ve been matching the government’s atrocities and polarised the fight into a catalogue of horrors.
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