Comment posted The eurozone crisis and the Independence referendum: time for proactive postponement? by Robert Wakeham.
We were tribal/feudal once, Karl – ‘always will be’? (ps an interesting bit on the business outlook in Basra on the beeb R4 this morning, not optimistic in the short term)
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- At least the pandas look more cuddly than Donald Trump, but all the same I’d let the First Minister cuddle them first.
- Dave: Surely the LibDems have bounced back from being on life support before, and anyone who dismisses them as irrelevant should take the time to listen to Shirley Williams expound on just about any subject under the sun.
Whatever mainstream party people support, it’s surely much more healthy to have more than just two main players slugging it out and often polarising sensible debate toward two less and less palatable extremes? When I was a kid I thought that two-party democracy was the cat’s whiskers, but over the years I’ve become less and less sure, and the predictably grotesque antics of money-fuelled heavyweight political rivals in the United States makes me thankful for the variety in this country.
- In fact the yet-to-be-completed Kings Cross station project is costing £547m, and has been desperately needed for a very long time, but it took the Olympics to force the government’s hand. The sheer long-term neglect of East London infrastructure, and the utter squalor of some areas (notably the Lea valley stretching well beyond the Olympics zone), part of a hugely wealthy city, is a shameful indictment of the quality of Westminster – and London local – governments of all political hues for a very long time. I suspect that regeneration of equally squalid areas on the east side of Glasgow proceeded far faster, and I’m more outraged by the liberal use of lottery money for some of the Olympic developments than of other public money.
The cable car was originally costed at £25m, to be entirely privately financed, but the cost has increased to £60m, with Emirates sponsoring £36m and the £24m balance to be paid for by ‘third party funding and fare revenue’ Just two examples of actual project cost, but it’s indicative of a more complex funding pattern than you suggest, and I might ask you how the enormous cost overrun on the Holyrood parliament building, and the colossal bill for the new Forth road bridge, are being funded – if not from the tax payer?
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- McGrigor supports small scale hydro schemes but is concerned about lack of grid connectivity
If not ‘bitter’, then how about ‘negative’, ‘petty’, or just plain miserable?
Effective ways of providing energy for this country is an increasingly fraught subject, with government commitment to ‘green’ power leading to the perception that our politicians are swimming with sharks, and a proliferation of wind farms that are good for some sectors of the local economy but which are a major cause of price inflation.
And the Kintyre / Arran power emergency this spring served to highlight the fact that large scale wind generated electricity can be likened to a rough single malt – no use unless it’s blended with other spirit to make it palatable.
I live in hope that SSE’s Sound of Islay tidestream power project will prove more user-friendly – as are the hydro power plants described by Jamie McGrigor, as far as I can gather.
Here in mid Argyll we’re being shown the next windfarm proposal – 25 turbines for Electricite de France above Brenfield, which would form a backdrop to Ardrishaig, and would be so close to the recently unveiled proposals by E.ON for up to 24 turbines above Inverneill as to be semi-detached.
That’s up to 49MW plus up to 90MW, that would all presumably have to be ‘blended’ with power from elsewhere to make it digestible, and if anyone thought that ‘fast breeder’ only referred to a type of nuclear reactor, just look at the emerging cluster of wind farms south of Ardrishaig.
- Argyll Flyer spotted going into Ardmaleish yard on Bute this afternoon
Doesn’t the SPTE have a remit to co-ordinate public transport provision here? – maybe I’m imagining it, or maybe they’re just pretending, or maybe they’re only really interested in Strathclyde bus services and the Glasgow subway (on the basis that only a tiny proportion of voters use the Gourock ferries, and politics is all)
- 31 hour shout Tobermory Lifeboat’s longest ever, ending in joint operation with Oban lifeboat
The Oban Times reported on 6th June on the MAIB report on a similar incident last July when a small container ship rammed the Isle of Bute, and apparently legal action is ongoing.
- Refloated cargo ship MV Fri Ocean escorted to Lynn of Lorne – and on into Oban
Not being a mariner, I wonder why – in this day and age of almost universal use of radar (and GPS?) for navigation – ships don’t seem to be equipped with a proximity alarm, a bloody great klaxon fit to waken the dead, that is triggered if the boat closes with an identifiable hazard.
It would have to be capable of deactivation in harbour areas and, eg, places like the Corran Narrows – but would surely be invaluable, especially at night.
Maybe it would be seen as a dangerous threat to the need for proper watch keeping.
- Auchindrain in crisis: facing paying off its two permanent staff
Considering how all the wind farm developers are so keen (and can clearly afford) to provide substantial funding to help local community ventures, this is surely a prime example of an exceptionally good local cause with national significance.
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