Comment posted Council Elections: The count by Jade.
Karl, Tiree’s covered by Ward 4 so your best bets are MJD and Alastair MacDougall from Mull. Know MJD spent quite a lot of time over on Tiree last couple of years hearing views.
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- I’m gutted for Gordon, too. I’ve always found him very helpful and he’s done a lot in a quiet way. Alastair was a councillor previously and it’s good to have two island members again this time.
Recent comments by Jade
- Indy White Paper launch
Thanks for the information – with our stupidly low download speed we’d never be able to download it.
- Scottish Government rules out study into impact study on trunk road closures in Highlands
I find Keith Brown’s response very disappointing. I do understand, being acquainted with the family of someone who was killed on the A82, that the Police must investigate the causes properly and this can take a great deal of time. The problem we face in Argyll and much of the Highlands is that, unlike much of the UK, we have very few alternative roads and detours are very lengthy and costly to individuals and businesses. The Scottish Gov’t should not be so dismissive of the economic and social interests of people in areas such as ours and should be taking this into consideration.
It does make me wonder whether that, if there’s a yes vote next year, we’ll be swapping Westminster for rule by the central belt?
- Mull keeps its Rally victors close to home
There is no such thing as Mull Rally Club. Mull Car Club are the organising body but the rally manager is appointed by the Guardians of Mull Rally and it is he who appoints his team, many of whom are Mull Car Club members which has a membership nationwide and whose members, whether island-based or not regularly support other Clubs’ events.
That said, totally agree with Paul – the weather on Mull was at its best and so was the competition. Fantastic result for John, Petet and Eddie and serious commiserations to Calum and Iain.
- Experience autumn and choose your national tree
I’m going to respond individually in writing – I have an extreme distrust of embedded cookies etc.
Has to be Scots pine or the Atlantic oak, or even possibly, the elm on Mull – but that’s fanaticizing – just used to remember all the elms that we had that died.
- Switched-on Scotland votes for plug-ins and ferry discounts
Sorry, but don’t totally agree. It might do a round trip on Tiree but wouldn’t do Tobermory to Fionnphort and back on a single charge. Whilst (given adequate charging points and a quick charging time) these vehicles are great for short trips. However, most islanders do at some point need a vehicle for longer journeys (often somewhere not accessible by public transport or with inconvenient timetabling) and at present, the paucity of charging facilities and time factors involved, means that one would either have to hire another vehicle or be a 2 car household.
Granted that (although expensive, despite the Gov’t incentive, to buy) running costs are low, but I have yet to find an electric vehicle that will carry a wheelchair or indeed take one’s dead fridge or washing m/c to the tip. Many farmers and others need 4x4s to carry livestock and equipment and until these are available with sufficient mileage in difficult conditions (though I have no doubt this will eventually occur)can one justify all the additional costs of having an electric vehicle? As with a number of other things, rural Scotland is often overlooked when it comes to “green” policies.
As someone who has actually been hit by an electric vehicle at very low speed, so no damage other than very bad bruising and having to pay for someone to drive me and my vehicle home and get them back – insurance did come up eventually – I’m very glad to learn that manufacturers have had to incorporate noise for the safety of pedestrians.
And where is all this wonderful electricity coming from?
I’m not saying ban them or anything, just that I do not wish draconian legislation that penalizes individuals who need cars to be real versatile workhorses – something that’s happening a present.
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