This show is also coming to the Victory …

Comment posted Argyll tour: Italia ‘n’ Caledonia by Tim McIntyre.

This show is also coming to the Victory Hall, Benderloch on Saturday 24th March

Recent comments by Tim McIntyre

  • 2007 racist sectarian jibe comes back to haunt Argyll & Bute SNP candidate
    There’s also the fact that the need for rural dwellers to drive to their nearest pub is as much a symptom of pub closures, rather than a cause.

    Many folk in villages in Argyll have had their local ‘walkable’ pub close down over the years, for all the other reasons that cause these closures – loss of revenue from the hotel trade being a major factor I would suspect, as the holiday industry has moved decisively from rural hotels to self-catering.

    Other often-quoted factors are competition from cheap supermarket alcohol and even that other piece of obviously beneficial legislation, the smoking ban. Then there’s the fact that more people just stay at home anyway, due to bigger TVs, Facebook and For Argyll…

    In fact, maybe I’ve hit on something there… instead of Simon’s ‘Let rural drunks drive to keep rural pubs open’, I propose ‘Down with For Argyll, it’s killing the licensed trade – all the pub bores are sitting at their computers’ :-)

  • New land reform proposals could intervene in inheritance of family home
    Richard, I appreciate the point about property rights, the importance of which I am not trying to diminish, but why should these extend to total control of land & buildings from beyond the grave? Surely the concept of property rights should apply also to those left living, who have a reasonable expectation of a fair share in their parents’ inheritance.

    It is a very long-established principle in Scots Law that a will which does not fairly distribute property amongst offspring is contestable in court, and all this current proposal says is that land & buildings should not be exempted from this requirement. Again, I can’t see what the problem is with that.

  • New land reform proposals could intervene in inheritance of family home
    The proposal is to remove the distinction between ‘moveable’ (possessions) and ‘heritable’ (land & buildings) property for the purposes of succession – something which the Law Society have long called for. This distinction is no more than a wildly anachronistic relic from the feudal era, does not exist in other European countries, and has no defensible place in 21st century Scotland.

    In practice the change would mean that the children & spouse/partner of the deceased would be given the legal right to claim a proportion of ALL of the estate, and not just the moveable part (as at present).

    So it’s not really the state ‘intervening’ as characterised here, but rather the transfer of some rights from the dead to the living, and the legally-mandated fair sharing out of property of all types. Not quite clear why anyone would object to it, really.

  • Swinney revaluation of business rates puts Lorn Arc TIF project at risk
    As you make clear with your ‘wet finger in the wind’ metaphor, the margin of error in any prediction of incremental increases in NDR resulting from TIF investments must surely be so large as to make a change of 5% insignificant, at least as far as the predictions are concerned?

    I can’t see how you can square a description of the process as an ‘almighty punt’ (which it clearly is) with use of words like ‘calibration’ and quibbles over a few percentage points of income.

    It’s also quite possible (conventional economic wisdom would suggest) that a that reduction of 5% in the business rates burden could encourage MORE businesses to set up within the TIF zones, and thereby create more income rather than less…

  • Baillie scores off a penalty as Swinney wisely back tracks on stamp duty
    “When needs she must, yet faintly then she praises,
    Somewhat the deed, much more the means she raises:
    So marreth what she makes, and praising most, dispraises.”

    - (with apologies to) Phineas Fletcher

    Of course it’s all moot, because the entire weight of the article rests on the premise contained in the first sentence, which is, er, entirely false. Ouch.

    The Scottish Government’s Land & Buildings Transaction Tax received Royal Assent in July 2013, due for introduction in April 2015. John Swinney announced the rates and bands in October 2014 following several rounds of public consultation.

    Chancellor George Osborne announced two months LATER, in his autumn statement, that he was reforming Stamp Duty, without any prior notice or consultation, to a fairly close imitation of LBTT – which as Swinney himself notes is the ‘sincerest form of flattery’.

    I’m afraid Jackie Baillie’s smirking ‘penalty shot’ went about 6 yards over the top of the bar…

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