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It would seem that those responsible for commissioning …

Comment posted Labour commitment to build all 7 Astutes made in year after official recognition of ‘mistakes made with the Astute class’ by Ken MacColl.

It would seem that those responsible for commissioning of the Astute class, or the Astutes, for those who serve on the Astutes, were not particularly astute.

Is this yet another example of the quite horrendous record of those who are responsible for what is laughably known as “defence procurement”- our friends at the MoD who misspend our money with a profiligacy that simply defies belief?

Other threads in forargyll constantly and rightly deplore the state of our roads, the threats to our social services, the choices to be made in prioritising care for the sick and the old. The mantra is always that we have a finite source of finance and that our Scottish and local government must trim their budgets to meet reduced resources and then we learn, yet again, of countless millions – and the quoted figuires are always spectacularly underestimated – are being blown away on badly designed inefficient ordinance and weapons of war.

The delivery system for our so called nuclear deterrent is clearly not up to the task and the morality of our weapons of mass destruction is highly questionable. Can we not give a lead here and return to sanity?

Recent comments by Ken MacColl

  • Argyll & Bute MP’s inspired transport for summer tour
    My thanks should, of course, have been to Robert Wakeham who contributes regularly and always has the courtesy to associate his name to his opinions.
  • Argyll & Bute MP’s inspired transport for summer tour
    Thank you ,Hugh.

    I stopped contributing, or indeed reading, FA some time ago as I can’t see the point of repeatedly inane comments from a small group of anonymous armchair critics-the contribution from OBAN4ME illustrates that in spades. For his/her information the audience was self selecting from the public and the questioners were chosen at random. There was an opportunity for around 30 minutes following the meeting for further interaction between public and elected members. The contrast between the conduct of this event and the closed shop cabals of the likes of Gordon Brown or PM Cameron are revealing.

  • Argyll & Bute MP’s inspired transport for summer tour
    Glad to see that Brendan O’Hara was able to squeeze in a mention of the Scottish Cabinet visit to Oban and Lorn on Monday. This was the seventh time that the Cabinet had met outside Edinburgh combining official business with various engagements across the area from school and housing projects, innovative energy developments and service providers.
    All this culminated in an open public meeting in the evening attended by more than 300 at the Atlantis Leisure Centre where the First Minister led her Cabinet in responding to an extensive open Q&A session followed by an informal opportunity for meeting with the cabinet members over tea and cake.
  • Alex due another delicious spanking from Nicola
    How sad to see that what started some years ago as an informative and sometimes challenging website has descended to this juvenile level of political commentary.
    Carries a distinct whiff of the Daily Mail.
    Certainly has no connection to the late and great Spike Milligan.

    “For Argyll?” In your dreams!

  • Scotland’s Big Voice and the ‘One Vote’ fight for the Union
    I met a colleague in Oban this morning who advised me that the SNP had won three by elections on Thursday of this week. I knew that those contests were being held but had heard nothing in the morning news bulletins so I asked him where he had the information from.
    “Oh” he replied, ” I have not yet confirmed the news but I knew that as BBC Scotland had not announced the results or even put them on their website they could only be positive for the nationalists.”
    And so it proved, with substantial wins in Buckie, Glenrothes and Armadale.

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