‘Abhorrent’? surely, whatever the rights and wrongs of …

Comment posted Tarbet and Luss en fete as Olympic Flame brushes Argyll by Robert Wakeham.

‘Abhorrent’? surely, whatever the rights and wrongs of the olympic bandwagon, this smells of intolerance.

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    Jamie, you’re absolutely right in that there can be more than one train in the station at a time (and the frequency of this is due to increase with the new timetable) so the issue, to my mind, is that the platform nearest the ferry should be the default option.
    If, as zak & db’s comments suggest, this is still not the case, why on earth not? And surely the heaviest used morning and evening trains should be programmed to use the platform nearest the ferry.
    Of course, the ideal would be a ferry landing point at the platform head, not way down beyond the station, and this would greatly ease the transfer between ferry and train.
    The eye-watering sums being spent on the Coruisk could surely be better spent in providing such a landing.
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    zak & db’s comments, that ‘connecting’ trains use the platform furthest from the ferry, are very, very surprising – because when I saw this third-world example of public sector disfunctionality way back in 2001 it turned out to be due to worn-out point blades.
    New components had been procured, but diverted to a higher priority location (it was the time of ‘gauge corner cracking’, when Railtrack mismanagement had brought chaos to the rail system)
    Neither Railtrack nor Scotrail had bothered to inform SPT (to whom at that time the Gourock station operators were answerable).
    SPT were arguably useless anyway; the problem seems to have recurred in 2006, by then under the auspices of Network Rail, and it now looks as if it’s still a problem.
    The rail operators are now (I think) answerable to Transport Scotland; I wonder if they are proving as useless as SPT – and we have the juxtaposition of an ineptly run ferry service and an ineptly managed train service, courtesy of a government that has shown itself perfectly capable of addressing long-standing transport problems elsewhere.
    What is it about Gourock, that it seems to be a ‘black hole’ in terms of competent management of coordinated public transport?
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17 Responses to ‘Abhorrent’? surely, whatever the rights and wrongs of …

    • Spot on, during the Jubilee the Republicans joined hand in hand with in happiness & unity. Don’t know where you were in this country (Scotland) but here in Dunoon you were very lucky or unlucky depending on your viewpoint if you clocked a small red white and blue streamer fluttering from someone’s door handle or the odd elipse of bunting. Apologies if you are posting this from England or Northern Ireland as they appear to favour this abhorent circus and obviously brought people together in happiness and unity.

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        • Intolerence? Not at all, simply a point of view shared, I’m sure, by many many more in Scotland. The Olympic flame, yes probably bring sections of communities together, sport tends to do this. When the comparison to the Golden Jubilee was made by Islay for ever I am sure I was not alone in noticing the lack of enthusiasm north of the border, wonder why?

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    • I have a long professional history of being seduced by the apparent confidence of titles and not proofing them.
      Many thanks for this prompt – and the location for the visit of the flame this morning is now correct.

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  1. Having been at Luss this morning and taking a few soundings among the locals {like myself},We compared the crowd to-day to a day at Luss Games. The committee members of Luss Games have estimated the crowd at 3000. They were four and five deep all the way from the hotel to the pier with the first of them arriving at 8 am

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  2. The only blot on the event was the racial abuse of a local for holding a saltire by a bombastic guest from south of the Border who currently lives in Helensburgh

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    • We understand that the organisation itself was selling both Saltires and Union Flags to bystanders (£2 a pop) at Luss. (A post-Hampden revision, perhaps?)
      At Tarbet the guy with the bag of merchandise, seemed only to have Union Flags and whistles to sell.

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  3. I think that Graeme should have been at Tarbet where some idiots who were waving saltires let Scotland down by the signs they were making to tourists in coaches from south of the border. Is it any wonder that we are called anti English and ashamed to be Scottish.

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    • Regrettably we do have a mindless anti-English element who give the rest of us here in Scotland a bad name. Thankfully they are well and trully in the minority and hopefully will remain so. It’s all very well having a bit of sporting rivalry and friendly banter however, when it descends into nasty insults or verbal abuse simply because of your country of birth then this is very disappointing. This said, waving the National flag of your country be it England, Scotland, Wales or N.Ireland I don’t think should ever be deemed inapropriate or merit disdain.

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  4. Pingback: Argyll News: For the record: the 2012 Olympic Flame in Argyll | For Argyll

  5. You are quite right to condemn the behaviour of these small minded bigots, and I join you in that. I’m neither anti English nor ashamed to be Scottish and the actions of people like this won’t make me so.

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  6. If we don’t expose racial abuse now then the Independence referendum could become very nasty

    It’s important that all examples are exposed whether it’s by young beds or middle class or aged ones

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