Comment posted With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay by Arthur Blue.
CalMac ‘s whole USP, when fending off intrusion by other operators, has always been that only one large monopoly operator – itself of course – has the fleet resources to provide back-up and relief vessels. One might ask why this doesn’t seem to happen, given the very large sums spent on the company in recent years. I don’t think that the management at Gourock are any less competent than others in the industry, so the nature of the beast and its political drivers are where I would look for answers.
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- Might also be that the designs favoured by CalMac have far too much windage for their draft.
- Might help if the management – and that might include some senior civil servants and the Transport Minister – were moved to an island, or even just to Oban.
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The essence of democracy is that while the majority gets its way the losing side can continue to argue its case, and if it can in due course attract enough support, become the new majority. A parliament is only elected for its due term, and can be replaced by another of different views and policies. So Yessers and Remainers are perfectly entitled to keep making their case, just as No voters and Leavers are.
Referenda indicate the feelings of the electorate, but it is for parliament to take action after due deliberation ( admittedly an uncommon concept at present ) In the case of serious decisions with little chance of turning back – like constitutional change or the declaration of war – I believe that a clear majority of at least 60/40 should be required. With a thin 52/48, the decision can seesaw back and forward when a few change their minds. Mrs May would do well to go forward very cautiously, as Brexit is nowhere near so simple as the Leave leaders suggested.
And yes – I’m quite happy to need 60/40 at Holyrood for Scottish Independence.
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