Comment posted Scottish government’s mad plan for rural parliament by Ken MacColl.
Born as I was in “old” Argyll, south of the River Leven in Kinlochleven I recall feeling somewhat displaced when the county boundaries were revised around 1974 to exclude my home patch and Ardnamurchan and Morvern from Argyll. It is somewhat salutory to realise that I was active politically prior to that and I now look forward to renewing aquaintance to some of the older stalwarts from North Lorn and Morvern in due course.Like us in Oban they have doubtless expanded in numbers and in girth.
While Westminster MPs in Scotland have less -and let us hope, even less – to do the proposed constituency sizes take little account of physical geography but are locked into the M25 numbers game and mindset.
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- Correct MSP msp to SNP msp please!
- My first recollection of Brian Wilson was of a scruffy but very earnest radical anti- nuclear weapons campaigner at the Ardnadam Pier on the Holy Loch when Polaris was in the offing.
Later as the founder and editor of the West Highland Free Press he brought a very welcome wind of change to journalism in the Highlands by challenging, often successfully, the status quo but his visceral dislike of the SNP damaged much of that work and influence. It is interesting to note that now every constituency where the WHFP is widely read is represented by an MSP msp.
My, but how Brian changed when the bright lights of Westminster and Ministerial office beckoned!
- Thank you, Anne.
It is useful to read the news before reading the (somewhat overblown) comment.
Sounds to me like the start of something small.
Recent comments by Ken MacColl
- The Stones, The Stars and Professor Thom
Genuinely sorry to miss this talk but Putechan Lodge is a long haul from Oban!
Professor Sandy Thom is the grandfather of my sister-in-law and was a genuine polymath-with wideranging interests and considerable expertise in engineering, mathematics, astronomy, sailing and almost any other field that attracted his interest.He was truly “a living example of the power of a flexible mind and a versatile disposition.”
During the war he worked on the aereodynamics of fighter aircraft.
Only after retiring from the Professorial Chair of Engineering Science at Oxford did he devote his undivided attention to one of his many other interests, the locatin and distribution of megalithic monuments across the west coast of Scotland and further afield.He worked closely with Marion Campbell in Mid Argyll. He is considered to be the father of archaeoastronomy.
If you are able, go to the talk and enjoy.
Then support the campaign to safeguard the Sighthill Stone Circle.
- Disappointing stunting from Michael Russell
And, W.S., if you reveal your name, will we be entitled to make assumptions or presumptions about your ethnicity -as if it should matter?
- Another question for Andrew Mitchell
Were it not for whistleblowers and serious investigative jounalists-for too few around at present-we would know far less about those entrusted with our government.
- Campbell Cameron: Saying Yes
Pot, kettle , black….responding to Gus mackay is rarely a productive exercise but could I suggest that while the march was in support of Independence for Scotland, those who carried placards stating “YES” were in support of that cause.
My family had a long tradition of active support for the Labour party in Argyll and I recall how my father used to explain to me when I was a child the importance of countries like India and Ireland gaining control over their own destiny. Mind you he also spoke about the obscenity of nuclear weapons and the massive importance of the NHS and the principle that care should be free at the point of delivery.At that time the abolition of the House of Lords was a stated aim of the party.As a working class boy who got to university he would have been appalled at the notion of the Labour Party introducing student fees. I suspect that he would not have been singularly unimpressed with either Blair or Brown.
Devolution, even in times of financial stricture, has mostly worked well for Scotland and it has worked best in those areas where services, like Health and Education are in our Holyrood’s control and our own priorities are able to be addressed – contrast those with the chaos under Westminster control! The progression to independence is part of the process started in 1999 and perhaps the most significant factors of Saturday’s rally were the contributions from Dennis Canavan, Ruth Wishart and the growing Scottish Labour for Independence movement.
- Campbell Cameron: Saying Yes
I am the bloke in the blue fleece and I am entitled to look older than Campbell Cameron for the simple reason that I am considerably older.
Campbell is as hale and hearty as ever.
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