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.
Jade also commented
- 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
- Problems with both pro-indy and pro-union campaigns
Kassandra, the same comment might as well be applied to yourself. What I suspect many are trying to do is to work out realities in both short and long terms for ourselves, families and the future of Scotland
Debate is fine and no-one is going to deny people their feelings but debate can only be based on clear facts giving answers to individuals’ issues are answered as well as what might be perceived as being good for the country as a whole. A logical vote has to be based on the balance based on fact and, IMHO, neither side has given definitive answers to many questions.
Like Mike (#20), I have firmly believed over many years that Scotland should have far more devolved powers.
With regard to “Westminster is a joke”, I would totally agree that it is far too London/SE centric and has been for some time and there is more than the north of England that would agree with that, take the Cornish for example and even Midlanders, north of Watford Gap get fed up. Having said that, if we accept democracy by numbers, then greater centres of population will have more constituencies (where that’s right or wrong!) and carry more weight.
To me, this is not about political parties, it’s about all of our futures.
- So much for JOMO as businesses demand Scottish Government enables mobile phone mast upgrades
Seems to me that planning laws regarding phone masts are much tougher than those for wind turbines – the delightful view scross the Sound of Mull to the start of Loch Sunart from Tobermory has now been blighted by a single turbine that looks totally ludicrous and inappropriate – like a giant 100′ telegraph pole in the middle of nowhere!
I now have three mobiles on different networks to at least give me a better chance of coverage when I’m moving around the islands, Highlands, Borders and D&G but can’t get 2G at home or many places. As for VisitScotland suggesting this, then they should be out on the streets of Tobermory etc., listening to the moans of people who cannot get a signal.
- Going well: Western and Northern Isles’ three days of serious talks in London on devolution
So? We ARE supposed to live in a democracy! Councils are required to take the circumstances of all of their residents into account. Sadly, when you get down to the numbers game (votes), at whatever level of government, the bigger ones win – we complain about Westminster in general in Scotland (and a lot of places in England do, too) and then we have the central belt in Scotland and even FA continually goes on about the Dunoon ferries though there is a major crisis going on with Mull for example.
- Argyll dates now known for passage of Commonwealth Games’ Queen’s baton
Just goes to show what Scotland thinks of more remote places! Whether it’s yes or no in September, can’t see it making any difference – we’ll just be swapping one for the other.
- A83 closed both ways at Rest and Be Thankful
I (fortunately) generally only suffer indirectly from the RaBT landslips but I do happen to belong to a camping and caravanning forum and the A82/A83 issues are attracting a lot of attention. The tight Loch Lomondside section north of Tarbet is the most persistent worry, though frankly, having towed ‘vans up there some 30 years ago, so long as you’re careful, it’s not a problem, but vans are bigger and some people are far less aware that what make take you 30 minutes elsewhere can take an hour in Scotland!
Now, the publicity over the Rest is coming up and at last Traffic Scotland are starting to get their act together about pointing this out, even at precious central belt rush hours. But it is concerning (as a post above details) those that are coming up to visit the area. The Kintyre peninsula has huge support for campers and caravanners on the forum and that has to have a knock-on effect on local businesses as well as the sites.
There are a number of Argyll based members of the forum who do our best to be helpful and keep folks up to date. But it is getting seriously embarrassing and in fact generally deleterious to Scotland to keep having to remind people generally that our road network is basically so abysmal. The number of moans one reads about the length of time it takes to get from A to B in Scotland is increasing and can only damage us.
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