Comment posted NeverSeconds: time to let Martha Payne recover anonymity by newsroom.
This is a difficult one, Michael, a matter of fine judgment which we hope we’ve got as right as we can.
You’ll have noticed that we have not published anything on the blog itself.
Mary’s Meals thank you from the children of Lirangwe Primary in Malawi for the unexpected manna made possible by the funding the blog has generated requires to be made public.
The professional public sector PR consultant’s evaluation of Argyll and Bute Council’s press release on Friday morning was a study of incapable public communications – an issue of general concern in relation to the council’s capability.
And the song is a classic example of creative subversion. We feel that the repeated sound of the sung words ‘Argyll and Bute’ have made the name a toxic brand and foresee a swift move to Argyll and the Isles. (But only, we hope, when the product has reached a point of evolution where it does not intoxicate another brand.)
newsroom also commented
- Martha’s father is quoted in the national press today as confirming she will continue her NeverSeconds blog.
- Of course they are and of course we do. Have we said otherwise?
But this does have to come to an end sometime.
The end of the school year and Mary’s Meals helped as hugely as they’ve been could not provide a better punctuation mark.
It’s called ‘an exit strategy’.
Recent comments by newsroom
- State Guardians / Named Persons a situation out of control
We withdrew our earlier reference to a story reported on a campaign website fighting against this legislation when we ourselves lost confidence in the straightforwardness of that story as reported.
This legislation is unacceptable in a mature democracy but that does not mean that we would lend credibility to campaign material we could not stand over.
- Scotsman reports Sturgeon fast backtrack on Full Fiscal Autonomy
You may be thinking here of the Barnett Consequentials rather than the basic Barnett Formula.
- ONE VOTE for democracy and the freedom to be different
Very interesting paper. Thank you.
- Dead in the water: Oban transit marina
You are absolutely right. Oban was a fantastic fit for this project.
Rothesay has pontoon berths in its inner harbour which allow walk ashore straight into the town.
But this facility it is not well kept and looks grubby and down at heel – and the centre of Rothesay itself is the same or worse.
Even though Oban is shabby now, lacking investment in maintenance by too many commercial property owners, it remains a spectacular town where the opportunity to walk ashore would have become a word-of-mouth must-go-there in the sailing world in no time.
But – you can take a horse on an eight year tutorial but you can’t make it think.
- Dead in the water: Oban transit marina
An accurate if depressing analysis.
A lot of leisure sailor also do not own their own boats but charter them for cruising holidays.
Family sailing holidays are a substantial part of activity in this sector – so the spectrum of visitors who would have used the transit marina that might have been, would not have been narrow.
The fundamental message that councillors and officers have been unwilling to grasp – because it inconvenienced a clear and standing intention to down this long suffering project, which is at least now put of its misery – is that leisure sailors are a captive audience.
Sailing is camping at sea – all necessities onboard – although, from fuel to food, needing regular resupplying – but no frills.
Eating out is a delight – and no washing up to be done in a standup galley. Banter in a pub is a change of scene. Using your legs is welcome in walking around, browsing and exploring locally.
Almost all of this involves local spending, on a daily basis; and this audience is there to spend. They’re on holiday.
The minority of sailors who are well off are mature, often retired – with a lifetime of work behind them to earn what they have.
Some folk own caravans and motorhomes to explore on land, Those who love the water have boats for the same purpose – and the boats often cost a lot less than the motorhomes; but, on some senselessly classist two-way autocue, motorhomes are branded downmarket and boats as toffpots.
Will Oban get £1million a year from cruise ship passengers?
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