Comment posted School Meals saga: Council distorts facts and blocks Martha’s blog by IslandDweller.
Hopefully the BBC team will follow up – I have sent the “you and yours” team a link to this article
@ L Patrick – I’m sure we would love to support the council – if only they would behave properly and not like a body controlled by the Ceaușescus
Recent comments by IslandDweller
- McGrigor parliamentary question reveals 186 closures in 3 years of Argyll trunk roads
There are signs in Arrochar saying the A814 (down the side of Loch Long) is unsuitable for large vehicles. Yet (more than once) I’ve seen (after an incident Lomond side) all traffic diverted this way. That inevitably causes chaos as trucks cannot pass each other. If they allowed cars through onto the A814 but held back HGVs then the chaos would be reduced.
- Stagecoach trials Near Field Communication smartphone technology for bus information
Scheduled timetable information is not what’s needed. Real time tracking is what passengers need. If I’m at the bus stop, I want to know when the next bus will arrive (which may or may not be what the timetable says).
The ibus app for all “red buses” in London already provides this, using satellite tracking to “know” where all buses are. It’s live now, available to anyone with a smartphone.
This Stagecoach idea sounds like inferior technology…
- Executive Director to leave Council in October
Relating to the tangential issue, the tv service is apparently funded centrally. This from A&B web: ” Looking Local has been funded by Scottish Government Customer Service Improvement funding”. Not that central funding makes it a sensible use of public money.
If I understand these things properly ( and I’m not 100% sure, so would welcome opinion of someone who knows for sure) if a service is free on Sky but not available on Freesat, it means that a fee is being paid to Sky to transmit this channel but with an encryption that can only be unlocked on Sky boxes. Really puzzled how that is a good use of public funds.
- Exciting initiative from Transport Scotland on Caledonian Sleeper
The existing trains with wifi (such as Virgin Pendalino) operate off a mobile phone network. So that’s not going to work along most of the West Highland line.
From comments in the rail press, the ‘nightstar’ coaches have a very high ‘hotel power’ requirement (electric load to you and me), beyond what the existing locos used on this service can service….
The aspiration is great but I fear a mass of serious practical (read cost) impediments before this could happen.
- DVLA: one example of what demerging means
Murdoch. “A few kids in Dundee could set this up”. Could you provide evidence to back up that assertion? No, didn’t think you could.
For my part, I’ve spent my entire life working on major IT projects. My experience is that splitting or replicating Established systems (such as DVLA, but we can add in pensions, NI, tax and countless more) is a massive undertaking, the scale of which politicians always underestimate. (Actually, managers in the private sector get it wrong too – but it’s easier for them to hide their mistakes than it is with public procurement). Scotland could of course ‘out source’ this and buy in service from existing providers, but if you do that then what benefit has independence given you?
By all means, make a reasoned case on why Scotland might be better to leave the Union, but don’t pretend that it would be an inexpensive undertaking.
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