Comment posted School Meals saga: Council distorts facts and blocks Martha’s blog by newsroom.
Mairi – this is the Pathfinder North superfast (in parts) broadband network the taxpayer – and Argyll and Bute Council Tax payers – paid for.
A public promise was given at a meeting in Campbeltown that commercial subscriptions for business and domestic users would follow through a third party commercial provider, making best use of this more advanced network,
That has not happened. We have persistently chased it and all we get are blocking replies giving the clear sense that it will never happen.
The Pathfinder North network in Argyll and Bute serves all council premises and staff – and the raft of public services delivered through the council – like schools, libraries etc.
Third sector organisations are also given access to it.
It is a very large and capable network.
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- Calum – can you tell us who – not names but roles – is blaming the dinner ladies?
- No such criticism has been made on For Argyll, either in articles by us or in any comments.
Everyone is aware that school kitchens cook what they are told with what products are delivered to them.
They do not make the contracting decisions.
We have become aware of a different Argyll and Bute primary school, with its own kitchen, where the cook claims to have been instructed previously by a council employee to cut £10 a week off the spend, specifically on fruit and vegetables.
It is worth noting that the overall cost per meal to Argyll and Bute is higher than many.
The question is how much of that overall cost actually goes on the raw materials for the meals – and how does that figure compare with the same cost element in other local authorities.
Parents and taxpayers need to be sure that the headline price per meal is not seeing more creamed off it for profit by contractors – with no difference for the average elsewhere in the cost of the food itself.
- Well spotted. We have decided to leave this latest typo in place as a tribute to your sense of humour and as a lighter moment.
- We have absolutely no trouble in accepting that good staff can be sent out to defend the indefensible where their well paid seniors, who are the responsible and policy setting officers, prefer to stand back.
On the same tack, you might like to think more sensitively about a nine year old child and parents who are patently doing their level best to create for her the context of accounting for and standing up for herself.
- Of course it would. What do they expect to find when they arrive by invitation? A piece of deep fried pizza, a croquette and an ice lolly?
Recent comments by newsroom
- Brian Wilson on Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services tender
You are quite right about the number and degree of confusions in this area.
We are preparing an article for publication which, amongst other things which are quite an eye-opener, will clarify these positions.
- Lysblink Seaways off the rocks at Kilchoan
This does make rather a nonsense of the early decision to send Herakles back to Kirkwall before she even got to Ardnamurchan – because Kingdom of Fife was within 20 miles of Lysblink Seaways.
Hard to see what the role is for Herakles here at this stage.
- Russell offers to meet Council administration to discuss Castle Toward
It has to be said that this is now into ‘flogging a dead horse’ territory.
Of course there is perceived political advantage at play [this is politics and they all do it] – but continually reheating it is an error of judgment and does the members of SCCDC no favours.
They need to be allowed to refocus in whatever way they see themselves shaping their own future – and ‘differently’ is as likely to be better as worse.
But first of all, as human beings, they need a break to recharge. Their efforts have been unceasing.
- Brian Wilson on Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services tender
It would be good to stick to the issue of Brian Wilson’s piece rather than tack on other infrastructural issues that merit attention in their own right. We have provided opportunity for that in various articles on Prestwick and will do so again.
No one could present evidence to contradict Rob Trythall’s case that there is no business plan for Prestwick – because no such business plan exists. [Nor is there a business plan - economic development strategy - for Scotland.]
However, well below the strategic muscle of a business plan, there was serious merit in the Scottish Government’s recent proposal to have Prestwick designated as the UK’s reception airport for incoming and outgoing flights experiencing difficulties necessitating premature landing.
The point was that this would then not cause hold ups at the big UK hub airports with delays and re routings of other flights; and Prestwick could develop specialist facilities for dealing with the range of such emergencies – which could include the hijackings we hope not to experience.
But for the moment, the CHFS tender is a major issue affecting the entire west coast mainland and island archipelago of Scotland.
We will not lose sight of Prestwick and will very much welcome your input to that challenging major issue so important to the complex and wonderful Ayrshire. Until then, we would equally welcome your thoughts on the issues Brian Wilson is highlighting here.
- The black arts of political spin betray SNP fears in Argyll & Bute
First the hard evidence: if the Conservatives thought they had a chance of taking the seat, Argyll and Bute would be a target seat – it is not; and party central would be funding the local campaign – it is not.
Then, in the interests of objective fairness, no one has accused – and no one could accuse – Alan Reid of having his nose in any trough. He is marked by prudence, modesty and carefulness. He has been written off before and has won with a good majority. He may well do so again, albeit with a smaller majority as votes are more widely spread.
This time he has the added strength, if elected, of being a guaranteed conduit to government if we do end up with a hung parliament. We see this as, surprisingly, becoming less certain by the day; but if the pundits are correct and we do indeed get a hung parliament, the Lib Dems are 100% certain to be part of it, whatever the number of seats they achieve.
In Argyll and Bute, no other candidate can offer this certainty and Mr Reid finds himself with an unexpected but undoubtedly welcome following breeze.
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