Comment posted Lochgilphead primary pupil’s internet exposure of poor school meals goes viral by Mairi.
But Anne, it *did* see the light of day. Anne Horn, Isobel Strong and *all* the councillors voted to close these six school kitchens. Did you even read the link I provided? They were all culpable, and everyone locally knows that. Most of the councillors themselves even admitted they made a mistake.
Blind, partisan defence of your own party colleagues, while your are evidently ignorant of the key facts, does your cause no favours.
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- Anne, I didn’t single out Anne Horne: I called them *all* out for voting to close school kitchens. Anne no more ‘saved’ the kitchens by reversing their own appalling decision than any other councillor who voted to overturn that folly.
I don’t doubt Anne Horn has supporters, and is well-intentioned. Like virtually councillors, I imagine. And I am sorry that you were ill at the time of these events, and so missed that it happened.
So will you now apologise to > Islay for ever < for doubting that this episode ever took place? Your indignation, 'double-checking', 'laying the lives of my kids' was rather unseemly for someone who so recently sought public office.
- Anne, you haven’t responded to the school kitchen closure issue you commented on at #11 above. You doubted it happened at all, questioning and saying you would:
“… double check? I’d lay the lives of my kids on it that Anne Horn would be at the forefront of any campaign to protect children or their rights and Isobel Strong would be right behind her.”
It might be nice if you shared with us what your double-checking revealed.
- Aww, no pictures Douglas … Martha will be disappointed with you
Seriously, this is good news. Two down … lots more to be checked/ audited. Though the message will have gone out to all to ‘buck up’.
- The Council voted *unanimously* for its 2009/10 budget which included provision to remove school meals from Rhunahaorine, Glenbarr, Skipness, Lochdonhead, Lismore and Kilchattan. Isobel Strong chaired the education committee at that time, as at the time the SNP and Alliance councillors were in coalition. Asleep at the wheel, I would say.
The councillors then confessed to not really understanding what they had voted to do, so reversed the decision, one that was intended to save £40,000. It is all documented here, http://www.kintyreforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7533&start=30.
As a candidate at the recent election, Anne, I am surprised you are so unaware of these important recent local events.
- Douglas, there’s no shortage of such positive, worthwhile aspiration. Indeed, this sort of vision gets wide-spread buy-in. And a good thing that is, too.
What we lack is the abundance of talent it takes to get us there. Think roads paved with good intentions, and all that.
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- Jan Nimmo: Drawings of old friends in Sierra de Huelva
Isn’t it just? I love Jan’s work – she has a fabulous talent.
If the Nimmo family in Oban is related, it’s a far-back, circuitous relationship … if at all: Jan’s father was a miner, and they can trace their Nimmo line back to other mining communities in central Scotland … from memory.
So if there is a connection, it’s not direct – from what I know.
- MOKrun 2014 sold out in about 36 hours
The other excellent way to get involved is to volunteer as a marshal. I’ve done so in seven out of the eight years of the existence of the Run. It’s thoroughly enjoyable, and well organised with clear instructions and excellent support from the organising committee.
Community run events like this one survive on the voluntary contributions of local people. Since the start Kintyre people – both individually and as businesses – get involved in the MoK Run. Having people to marshal the race is vital – it couldn’t operate without the 100+ people who give up a few hours on a Sunday morning each year to help make this event happen.
Marshalling can take as short or as long as you can spare. I typically put in a full shift (around five hours), but if you’ve just got an hour to spare that can be put to good use too.
Contact the organisers here http://www.mokrun.com/contact-us to offer your services!
- Any answers to this Kintyre puzzle?
Very accurate for a non-native, Robert!
Another picture here with some further details on the anti-aircraft battery. http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3587704
The place would be identified locally as Ballymenach or Kilchousland, rather than Smerby.
- 2014 – the year the debate will end
“Vote YES then campaign for exiting the EU.”
Really? Some would say that a No vote in the Scottish referendum is a better bet if exiting the EU is your aim
Seriously though, qualified majority voting is the main modus operandi for the EU. Scotland has a population of less than 1% of the EU as a whole, so we’d have next to no impact if Scotland was independent, and if it was in the EU. We’d stand a good chance of being ignored on most topics, most of the time.
But as part of the UK, the third most populous EU state, our voice is heard.
- 2014 – the year the debate will end
You make it sound like your preferred solution is a one-party state.
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