Comment posted School Meals saga: Council distorts facts and blocks Martha’s blog by newsroom.
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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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?
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Mrs Strachan, we’re sorry to have to tell you that Jock Dempster died at the start of May 2013.
If you contact the helpful and knowledgeable staff at the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum project at Loch Ewe – via their website – http://www.russianarcticconvoymuseum.co.uk/wp/ – they will be able to help you.
- Oban South and the Isles to ready for by-election as Councillor Hall stands down
We have had it confirmed by Councillor McCuish that he does not intend to stand in the by-election in Oban South and the Isles.
Here’s a thought.
Supposing Councillors McCuish and Devon did stand down for re-election in this ward….
That would leave this large and sprawling ward [which includes Tiree and Coll out in the Atlantic] for eight weeks or so – in the sole charge of Councillor Alastair MacDougall from Mull [and an alarm clock}.
- A83 9th March: slope stabilisation work underway at Rest and Be Thankful
The emergency diversion route is always available to the emergency services, even when it is closed to other traffic.
It has been engineered with strategic lay-bys to allow both emergency vehicles and convoy traffic to use, snabling the fastest passage through by emergency services, even when a convoy is on the route.
During the working up period of the road, we watched a test usage scenario with convoy traffic going one way and emergency vehicles going the other way.
It seemed to work efficiently on that occasion, with discussions going on between both parties at appropriate points of conjunction.
The communications between the convoy leader and the emergency servces are obviuosly important.
- UK response to the Russia-Crimea situation: selfies, posturing and dangerous old hat
It depends on the timeframe - but there was Ireland, a near neighbour invaded.
More recently, the virtually licensed gerrymandering of constituencies and electoral malpractice in Northern Ireland came too close for comfort to the description of the installation of a puppet government. What is Hamid Karzi in Afghanistan, if not a puppet? And the post Saddam Hussein Iraqi regimes?
And no one would claim that the UK has never sown minefields. We cannot adopt an attitude that sowing minefielde well out of our own range is OK where close to home is not.
When you live in a country, as we all do here, you understand it and you interpret what it does in the light of that understanding.
We need to understand that people who live in Russia - and the Crimea, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, America, North Korea, Israel, Pakistan... - all interpret their own countries' actions in the light of their insider understanding of it.
We all seem reasonable to ourselves - and we all have our minorities who see things differently and are as right or as wrong as the rest.
It's all about context.
Today's Sunday Times has a half page photograph of Vladimir Putin, photoshopped into a black and white outline, with a jutting AKA 47 [or such like] held at waist height – and against a background flooded in blood red.
We have to keeo our eyes open and see just how we are being manipulated into a fear of Russia and into a repeat cold war demonisation of a state that, in actuality, is working to secure itself against its genuine vulnerabilities.
As we have said above, it is in NO ONE’S interests to see a destabilised or weakened Russia and to see failing the country that is the agent of stability in Eastern Europe.
- A83 situation 7th March
Updates on A83 situation on 8th March are here: http://forargyll.com/2014/03/a83-situation-8th-march/
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