Tempers fray in worn down city, but in one place they ARE all in it together

by Colin Campbell AT the weekend I took a bike ride to Cannich, on a bright but very cold day. At the outset I wasn’t sure if I’d go the length of Strathglass, my favourite glen in the Highlands, but as the miles rolled by with the roads clear of ice or snow in that often wintry part of the world, there seemed no good … Continue reading Tempers fray in worn down city, but in one place they ARE all in it together

Store staff hit by virus: work done in crisis has been superb

by Colin Campbell TWO members of staff at two separate Tesco stores in Inverness have tested positive for the virus. Are they the first to be struck by it? They’re the first I’ve heard of. The absence of virus infections among store staff has been reassuring for those who work there but often in a socially distanced checkout queue I’ve thought of the potential vulnerability … Continue reading Store staff hit by virus: work done in crisis has been superb

‘Magical’ Highlands cited as top place to visit by world famous newspaper

by Colin Campbell AMERICA’S leading newspaper, the New York Times, with an online worldwide readership in the hundreds of millions, this week featured the Highlands as one of the best places to visit in 2021. That’s an uplifting accolade at a time when we’re dealing with a harsh winter in the midst of a pandemic. The author’s opinion of the region could hardly have been … Continue reading ‘Magical’ Highlands cited as top place to visit by world famous newspaper

SILENCE THE SUPER SPREADERS: After shameful illegal party figures are revealed as mutant strain runs rampant, household high jinks should end with people being led away in handcuffs

by Colin Campbell PARTY animals have had a particularly boisterous time in the Highlands during the pandemic. That is, until the revelry has been rudely interrupted by police officers definitely not in party mood. In this region a total of 313 incidents have been dealt with, and more than 180 people have been fined. That’s almost as many as in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray … Continue reading SILENCE THE SUPER SPREADERS: After shameful illegal party figures are revealed as mutant strain runs rampant, household high jinks should end with people being led away in handcuffs

Sturgeon is lying through her teeth: and with friends like Blackford, who needs enemies

by Colin Campbell SO Ian Blackford says Nicola Sturgeon has “acted honourably” throughout the Alex Salmond affair. The Ross MP and SNP Westminster leader sprung to her defence at the weekend after Salmond released yet more detailed and damning allegations against Sturgeon following his trial on a series of sexual charges involving women. He was acquitted on all of them. The first thing to say … Continue reading Sturgeon is lying through her teeth: and with friends like Blackford, who needs enemies

Ewing in election mode steers clear of indy: disgraced lout Hendry weighs in on the mob

by Colin Campbell NORMALLY at this time of year I’d expect Fergus Ewing to be writing in his local newspaper column about taking his family out sledging or something. In the same way as at Easter he’d be writing about them rolling Easter eggs down a hill or something. His written offerings are a gentle read, which is another way of saying they are inexpressibly … Continue reading Ewing in election mode steers clear of indy: disgraced lout Hendry weighs in on the mob

Strained and haggard Sturgeon should cancel May elections to focus only on the vaccine

by Colin Campbell DESPITE all the power she has at the moment – or maybe because of it – Nicola Sturgeon looks more tired and strained than she has ever done and almost seems to be ageing by the month. And little wonder. Record increases in virus infections on a daily basis are coupled with enormous pressure to effectively disperse the vaccine and the burden … Continue reading Strained and haggard Sturgeon should cancel May elections to focus only on the vaccine

‘Out in cold’ nurse set upbeat tone for difficulties that lie ahead

by Colin Campbell NHS staff in Glasgow were yesterday pictured queueing for vaccination under a dark newspaper headline: “Nurses left out in the cold”. We’ve had enough doom and gloom in the media – some of it justified, much of it not – over the past 10 months to last a lifetime. But if the agenda is for another outbreak of prolonged negativity surrounding the … Continue reading ‘Out in cold’ nurse set upbeat tone for difficulties that lie ahead

Solution to ‘unfair’ delivery charges – buy local

by Colin Campbell THE issue of “unfair delivery charges” to the Highlands is a favourite hobbyhorse of some local politicians. Inverness MP Drew Hendry has been banging on about it for some time. The issue was raised again last week by Richard Lochhead, SNP MSP for Moray, who claimed to have “led the campaign to end unfair delivery charges and had been contacted by constituents … Continue reading Solution to ‘unfair’ delivery charges – buy local

Hendry so concerned about mental health, but SNP plans for 2021 would destroy it

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS MP Drew Hendry has a link to The Samaritans posted at the top of his Twitter site. This organisation as we know is where people turn to when they have reached the end of their tether, and a very fine job it does. Hendry’s post accords with his frequent expressions of concern about the rise in mental health problems, particularly in … Continue reading Hendry so concerned about mental health, but SNP plans for 2021 would destroy it