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There’s a third photo in the Daily mail …

Comment posted Lochgilphead primary pupil’s internet exposure of poor school meals goes viral by Robert Wakeham.

There’s a third photo in the Daily mail story that looks a bit healthier than the two pictures that have the limelight, so is the menu quality too uneven from day to day, or are kids free to select more – or less – healthy combinations from a wider menu?

Robert Wakeham also commented

  • This question of available choice, when related to the tight budget for school meals, doesn’t add up; if we believe the council’s defence as stated on the BBC today then it’s very difficult to understand how their standard of food choice, variety, quality – and resultant wastage – is possible within their budget. Or were the council claims aspirational rather than factual? (after all, there’s apparently insufficient space in the Lochgilphead campus to enable all the pupils to eat) – perhaps the much vaunted no-profit-public-private-design-build philosophy assumes that a certain proportion of the school roll is absent every day, and they miscalculated?
  • To some extent this whole discussion is academic in terms of Lochgilphead joint campus, because a significant number of the older pupils are to be seen in the town at lunchtime refuelling on chips – so presumably opting out of school meals. I suppose this might be a reflection of the school food not being junky enough, or being too junky?
  • Has producing school meals at the Lochgilphead joint campus been privatised or is it still directly managed by the Education Department?
  • Who – I wonder – in the Education Department would be best qualified to explain the difference between the meals in these photos and the meal on the ‘Eatwell plate’ in the ‘Healthy Hub’ section of the Lochgilphead Joint Campus website?

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

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    Karl, though I didn’t attend I did see the start of the ‘blue parade’ because the West Coast Motors’ Citylink bus from Campbeltown arrived at Hillhead just as the marchers were emerging from Botanic Gardens at 10.30.
    There were plenty of them, and passing George Square on West Coast Motors’ (really) Scotrail shuttle bus from Central up to the bus station at 13.30 the square was a sea of blue and white, with a lot of EU flags as well.
    But the highlight of the day – a bit like the Kremlin unveiling their latest nuclear missiles in (the real) Red Square parades – was the unveiling of Scotland’s alternative to Trident.
    This was a piper, in great form, but with his pipes rigged as a multiple flamethrower (pointing skywards, of course).
    I’m told that the occasional heavy showers were no deterrent, and he was still belching flames in George Square.
    Probably required an EU derogation from all those pesky health & safety rules, but it was enough to make any aggressor think twice.
    A.Salmon, you’d have been proud of him.
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    ‘Rumbles’ in the City’s financial jungle might need taking with a pinch of salt, for the culture in that jungle seems so heavily committed to self-enrichment that there’s surely little chance of interest in such a long-term investment as Hinckley Point – unless St Theresa writes an open cheque.
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    The update raises more questions:
    1 – if the Finlaggan’s mezzanine deck has ‘inbuilt’ problems, liability might lie with the designer / supplier, if CMAL / Calmac weren’t responsible for the detailed design.
    Maybe the non-performance of the mezzanine deck is the subject of contractual dispute – and, if so, arguably, the cost not only of fixing the fault but in lost revenue etc might not be to the public account.
    2 – It’s easy to assume that an ageing fleet is less reliable, but if adequate resources are committed to maintenance (at increasing cost) to a rigorous standard, and maybe with the accent on preventative maintenance, then surely there’s less inherent risk in running quite a large fleet of ferries with little or no standby resources. The increasingly hefty costs of adequate maintenance would which would have the (perhaps politically unwelcome) benefit of making investment in new replacement ships more attractive. Unless, perhaps, they’re discovered to have ‘lemons’ like the Finlaggan’s mezzanine deck.
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    The Isle of Arran got into trouble in West Loch Tarbert in 2010 when a mechanical failure led to just such a heavy contact with Kennacraig pier, but that was in February just days before she was due into drydock anyway.
    And there must be a question about to just what degree Calmac’s ship breakdowns are simply due to the age of their fleet, if the Finlaggan’s mezzanine deck was inoperable just when it was most needed.

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