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Comment posted The eurozone crisis and the Independence referendum: time for proactive postponement? by Bob Chicken.

Keith – “If our money was not being redirected to foreign lands then perhaps we could make use of our abundance for the good of Scotland”.

Perhaps our First Minister should have thought of that when he was given nearly £800 million for the Forth Road Bridge. He scuttled off to China and Poland on a spending spree and came back with a bagful of Polish and Chinese contracts and, oh yes…. a couple of Pandas!

This incident saw Scottish Workers writing to a Tory Prime Minister asking him to persuade the “progressive” Scottish Government to use Scottish Steel.

I believe that the end result is that around £20 million of work will go to Scottish Companies and we are now inundated with front page headlines about the sex-life of bloody pandas!

Recent comments by Bob Chicken

  • ForArgyll on Pause
    When ForArgyll went on to hold I was much saddened by its demise but always hoped that it would return and start putting our wee corner of the world to rights again.

    It has always been a challenging site which was not feart to cock a snook at authority and challenge popular opinion. It was not afraid to be wrong and was honest enough to admit when it was. It was something of a beacon in a journalistic world that has become so clouded by vested interests.

    I have often found myself challenged by this site. Its views have annoyed and delighted me in equal measure (and sometimes both at the same time!).

    We are now descending into the age of post-truth politics where a mendacious social media has taken over from even, vaguely honest, accountable politics and has the power to ensure the election of a carpet bagging, mendacious bully into the most powerful elected office on Earth. It is such a shame that this essentially honest and principled site has descended into a playground for a never-ending blame game between nationalists and unionists. It has become its own version of Groundhog day.

    I really would love to hear ‘Newsie’s’ opinion on events within and without Argyll again. ForArgyll deserves better than this!

  • Transport Minister answers Russell questions on CMAL’s management of maritime assets
    I note that, in the reply to question 1, Derek MacKay avoids any mention of community consultation. To date,community consultation seems to be notably absent from the tendering process.
  • 13th April Poll of Polls shows rise in anticipated SNP seats at Westminster
    Clearly you have a set of values that should stand you in good stead. Debate as hard as you like,just remember to try and avoid collateral damage when you do so.
  • 13th April Poll of Polls shows rise in anticipated SNP seats at Westminster
    I am not trying to make any political point. I work with vulnerable adults and see, on a daily basis, how these sort of comments just reinforce people’s prejudices and make life more difficult for those who already have more problems than most of us would care to imagine.

    I am sorry to see that you take this as a party political comment on my behalf. It was not meant that way. It is a huge issue for me – above party politics.

    In this election I am aware that most parties (including the SNP) have recognised that Mental Health is an area where much improvement is needed and I am delighted to see that it is getting much needed publicity (and, hopefully, funding) as a result.

    Perhaps I was rather harsh in the way I commented on your piece. Before I worked in this field I was as likely as anyone else to make similar ‘clever’ comments to yours. I hope I have learned my lesson. I also hope that you can find it in yourself to do the same.

  • 13th April Poll of Polls shows rise in anticipated SNP seats at Westminster
    Your ‘clever’ wee jibe employing stereotyped images of vulnerable people does neither your arguments, nor your party any favours at all.

    All it does is to increase the stigma that these folk suffer every day of their lives.

    Can I suggest that you refrain from such cheap jibes in future!

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