The heady days of arrogance and triumphalism have disappeared now

by Colin Campbell A YEAR ago the nationalists were in full lockstep on the march in the most arrogant display of triumphalism seen in these shores for decades. The more extreme face painters – who not only paint their faces, but probably their torsos and their backsides too – were slavering over the absolute inevitability of Scottish independence, with all opposition being contemptuously swept aside. … Continue reading The heady days of arrogance and triumphalism have disappeared now

Simpering Patrick and shrill Canadian riding high as they bow down to Sturgeon

by Colin Campbell THE first political breakthrough the Green Party made in Scotland was the election of their first Scottish councillor, Roger Winter, from Nairn, who won a seat on the then Highland Regional Council in 1990. There was jubilation at the election count as his band of supporters hoisted their tousled, bearded hero shoulder high. And it was difficult not to share in their … Continue reading Simpering Patrick and shrill Canadian riding high as they bow down to Sturgeon

Panicky council leader claims virus is ‘almost unmanageable’

by Colin Campbell A PANICKY-sounding Margaret Davidson, leader of Highland Council, has expressed her concern at the developing Covid situation across the region. The rise in cases – that is, infections – leads her to assert the situation is not only bad, it’s “almost unmanageable”. At a time when cool heads and measured view are needed, that’s quite a claim from the council boss. She … Continue reading Panicky council leader claims virus is ‘almost unmanageable’

‘Academies’ plan for hospitality industry, served up with waffle and good intent

by Colin Campbell DON Lawson, owner of the Johnny Foxes pub in Inverness, has called for government action to help the staffing crisis-hit Highland hospitality industry recover from “a perfect storm”. He is demanding that the government help establish regional “hospitality academies” to woo young people into this vital part of the lucrative tourism sector. The University of the Highlands and Islands is said to … Continue reading ‘Academies’ plan for hospitality industry, served up with waffle and good intent

‘No lockdown’ Sturgeon finally listening rather than dictating

by Colin Campbell NICOLA Sturgeon has ruled out another lockdown despite the rising number of virus infections. At least she’s got something right. After 18 months maybe she’s finally become tired of issuing diktats over how we live every aspect of our daily lives. Or maybe even she realises that trying to reintroduce curbs and a new batch of restrictive rules and regulations would be … Continue reading ‘No lockdown’ Sturgeon finally listening rather than dictating

Off the scale: concerns over size and dominance of new riverside hotel

by Colin Campbell WHILE the Gathering Place fiasco remains a dominant issue at one prime point on the riverside, a mile-and-a-half downriver another potential object of criticism and controversy is taking shape. And it is massive. The new hotel being built on the site of former Inverness swimming baths at least has some obvious purpose, unlike the “unique wall artwork”. But how much approval it … Continue reading Off the scale: concerns over size and dominance of new riverside hotel

Empty shelves, Brexit disaster! But sadly for fake news Hendry, not in Inverness

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS MP Drew Hendry features on his Twitter site a supermarket with gapingly empty shelves. This is to reinforce his claims of the supposedly disastrous consequences of Brexit. But where is the picture from? He doesn’t say. The only certainty is that it’s not from any supermarket in Inverness or anywhere else in his constituency. The only other certainty is that there … Continue reading Empty shelves, Brexit disaster! But sadly for fake news Hendry, not in Inverness

SNP Government’s gender obsession brings a despairing start to the school year

by Colin Campbell IT can be difficult for many folk of my generation to keep up with changing social attitudes in these ever changing times. Some of us, at the very least, are often left bewildered by what’s evolving around us. At the same time, we have to be aware of the risks posed by the SNP Government’s crackdown on so called “hate crimes”, which has … Continue reading SNP Government’s gender obsession brings a despairing start to the school year

The fearful five who would be leaders of a ‘new Scotland’

by Colin Campbell AS Nicola Sturgeon yesterday announced yet another push for indyref2 alongside her new Green partner in government, simpering little Patrick Harvie, other questions sprang to mind based on recent events. How did novice MSP Kate Forbes, who had worked for all of two years as a trainee accountant, become the SNP Scottish Government’s finance secretary aged 29? How did glorified ex-councillor Drew … Continue reading The fearful five who would be leaders of a ‘new Scotland’

Have many in Inverness lost the exercise habit during lockdown?

by Colin Campbell THE Inverness Leisure Centre has returned to full normality – apart from the numbers of people going there. Parts of it, as one staff member said, are still “eerily quiet”. The centre fully reopened a week ago, with the biggest change for customers being the availability of changing rooms, showers and lockers, the end of the pre-booking system for activities other than … Continue reading Have many in Inverness lost the exercise habit during lockdown?