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Comment posted With Heb Isles in for repairs, CalMac charters replacement vessel to reduce underprovision for Islay by Alex McKay.

I see that, unlike the Hebridean Isles a few weeks ago which had to wait outside for several days, the Hebrides has gone straight into the dry dock. Does anyone here believe that accidents always come in threes! If so, which ship’s soon going to ram which pier? 🙂

Alex McKay also commented

  • He’s not just getting things muddled up, he is now into time travel, telling us what happened in January 2017!
  • I gather that Mike Russell is going to convene the meeting and seems to be promising that, by getting the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland and CalMac into one room together with the ferry users of Islay, a contingency plan will be produced, something which none of those three parties had apparently thought necessary to have before. Why not would seem to be a good first question. I’m unsure why it has to take up to two months to convene such a meeting. What’s wrong with next week? However, one can only expect a typical politician’s response from a politician. Offering a meeting in two months time takes the immediate heat off the government who, though, need reminding time and again that they are the actually owners of the ferry company. In the meantime, the Finlaggan apparently had a problem with one of its ramps this morning while her mezzanine floor, which has been broken for months, can’t be repaired until she dry-docks. Heigh-ho. While my friends keep telling me of the joys of living on Islay, it must surely lose its attraction a little bit when you can’t get on and off the island when you want to.
  • I’ve been told that the “obvious” ferry to come and help out on the Islay route would be the Isle of Arran, but its current certification means that it can’t leave the Clyde – supposedly sheltered waters – with the added restriction of the wind speed as TTT has said. Information from Campbeltown suggests that it is rarely more than 20–30% full so had it been fully seaworthy transferring it to the Islay route would not have inconvenienced too many people – certainly not as many as are being seriously inconvenienced on the Islay route. It is, after all, possible to reach Campbeltown by road!
    Regarding the Finlaggan’s mezzanine deck, this is being operated manually by the crew, or so I understand, adding half an hour or more to the turnround time.

Recent comments by Alex McKay

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    I wonder if A Salmon would like to reflect on his last post indicating that the Unionists would suffer in the general election. Oh, how little people’s childish remarks come back to bite them. A commentator on the radio pondered how Sturgeon (who lost 21 MPs) had the cheek to urge May (who lost just 12 MPs) to resign. If anyone should resign, it’s Sturgeon!
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    This is what I asked AS a few days ago: “Tell me, AS, because neither Sturgeon nor Salmond seem able to, what currency will Scotland use if it becomes independent? Obviously the answer hasn’t come through from SNP Central so the poor little boy can’t tell me.
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    Tell me, AS, because neither Sturgeon nor Salmond seem able to, what currency will Scotland use if it becomes independent?
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    Did Ms Minor really say that, AS? According to a report I’ve read today, she said that Scotland would have to join a queue including the likes of Montenegro and Macedonia. She also said that the official EU line is that there will be no new admissions before 2020. She also managed to say it without resorting to the kind of childish language that you regularly indulge in. Grow up, little boy.
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    A top European official said yesterday that an independent Scotland would not still be a member of the EU and that it could take several years to join and would include using the Euro as its currency. Is that really what you are looking forward to, AS?

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