Comment posted A genius event to market Argyll and the Isles in the winter season by John Patrick.
There is to be Bungee Trampolines, Climbing Walls, Paintball Range, Pony Rides, Tea Cups, Bouncy Castle, Chainsaw Carving, Wild Birds, Face Painters, Sand Pits and a large Children Tent sponsored by Inveraray Jail and Argyll Adventure and much much more for children as well as the responsible drinking for adults. Last years event saw Music, Food, Drink and Activities all merge wonderfully, everyone including the children had a ball and this year promises even more. The weather last year was pretty good as I recall and the location is outstanding in front of the castle. Longer hours and the big name music acts add to what is already a well loved event in Argyll and one our visitors will be truly entertained at. It is a must for the diary and great event to highlight the start of the winter Visit Scotland marketing drive.
Recent comments by John Patrick
- New councillor, Neil MacIntyre, clarifies position he will adopt at council
Super rich, simply not true Harty, I am small business man that works seven days a week to make a small living in Argyll and I am very grateful for the small business rates reduction especially when I was informed that my indoor riding school would be rated at the same rate as an office building. With the fall in business that most businesses have suffered over the last few years the rates relief was a real life saver for many of us. Corporation tax levels is about attracting inward investment and something that all governments have used as a weapon of choice in that battle.
- R & R Barnwell back at HMS Quebec for some 90th birthday R & R
Great day with lovely people and the stories just kept coming.
- Problems with both pro-indy and pro-union campaigns
Newsie you are wrong.
The Thatcher Government was all bad and her government saved nothing. Scottish oil money saved the day. Thatcher sorted nothing, she destroyed it, eradicated it, killed it for ever. These are not he actions of a great leader, these are the actions of a pitiful idiot who bullied her cabinet into the easy course of action which pitted family against family and labelled hard working men and woman as the enemy within.
She then ordered the sinking of the Belgrano an Argentine Navy cruiser as she sailed away from the conflict zone. 323 people died, mainly young sea cadets. First blood Thatcher and weeks of hell followed which could have been avoided as a Peruvian peace proposal was still on the table at the time of the attack. I am not going to even touch on the troubles in your country during her terrible rein. This was vile individual that deserves no respect from anyone for anything.
Yes sometimes it is all bad. Everything aside why should Scotland be governed by government we did not vote for, end of story, everything else we can and will sort out in an independent Scotland, we are nation of clever and hard working people. This is a YES campaign, not an SNP campaign. Many of us will vote YES but will not vote SNP the following year, so don’t keep writing about party interests, this campaign does transcend. We have labour. liberal and greens for independence and all are saying great things which fill in many of the gaps some perceive in the YES argument.
It is so disappointing that FA dropped it support for an independent Scotland and took the easy course with the bulk of the unionist UK press. Now the YES supporters on these pages just suspect that your position is down to the fact you are not Scottish and have no real investment here worth fighting for as a new nation. Such a missed opportunity to not only comment on the debate but you could have actually helped shape a new Scotland based on the values this nation holds dear. Yes these values are very different from the south of England and that is why we live here in Scotland and not in the south of England (London). I tried it once and cared little for it and thats why I will vote YES for an independent Scotland. Thankfully many of my closest friends not born on these shores but Scottish of heart will also vote Yes and welcome the opportunity of a fresh start, to build a new country not involved in illegal wars, not sporting weapons of mass destruction, not penalising the poor, investing in our children with free eduction and the list goes on and on. It can be whatever we want it to be, not what the westminster government of the day decrees. A government which we did not vote for and does not represent us as a people.
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
― John Lennon (He would be supporting the YES campaign today)
- Nationhood: Talking about a Constitution
I think you may be missing the fact that a constitution is not a wish list or a company mantra but the highest level legal framework in a sovereign state which most of the law will evolve and take authority from. I would accept with the passage of time the constitution will be interrupted differently for the times that we will find ourselves but fundamental human rights and the needs / rules of law abiding society need to be defined in writing somewhere and it makes little sense to adopt the ragbag of old British Documents going forward. Various UK governments have come close to adopting a written constitution on several occasions but stopped close to the post for what ever reason. But to suggest that this will not effect your daily life and is purely political is pretty far from the mark. Many have found themselves in the dock for exercising what many of us would assume is a god given right to free speech in a democracy but as demonstrated in Lynda piece above this is not the case.
- Nationhood: Talking about a Constitution
Elliot Bulmer the author of A Model Constitution for Scotland answered this more thoughtfully than I ever could. The UK has, for historical reasons, managed to avoid adopting a written Constitution; Scotland, as a newly formed independent state, would not be able, even if it wished, to continue such an anomaly. The EU and the Council of Europe would rightly laugh.
The SNP also have tactical reasons for shifting their rhetoric from ‘mere independence’ to ‘state-building’. Fear of state failure is one of the most effective anti-independence arguments: “Better the devil you know”; “Don’t let King Eck rule Scotland as his personal fiefdom.” A poster emanating from Willie Rennie’s office highlighted this vulnerability perfectly: drawing parallels with Qatar, it depicted a future independent Scotland as being ‘ruled by one man’ and having a death penalty.
The only way to address this vulnerability is to propose a written Constitution for Scotland that conforms to the best practice of other small European democracies, is technically sound, and has the broadest possible support. Publishing such a Constitution – preferably in as a detailed final draft, but at least in outline – before the independence referendum would go a long way to reassuring people that an independent Scotland, far from being a failed state, would be a bastion of democracy.
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