Riverside farce is bad enough, without grime, dust and fencing fouling up the summer

by Colin Campbell ARE these the final days when the Ness riverside lies unspoilt and untouched before, under the instruction of Highland Council, workmen move in to start tearing it apart? We’ve just had a bright and chilly but pleasant weekend, with many folk strolling along enjoying its scenic tranquillity. Is that now about to be very roughly and rudely interrupted? A tiny clique at … Continue reading Riverside farce is bad enough, without grime, dust and fencing fouling up the summer

Flags lowered and tributes paid on behalf of the people of the Highlands after death of Prince Philip

by Colin Campbell TRIBUTES were paid and flags on government buildings across the Highlands were lowered to half mast yesterday following the death of Prince Philip. The response was respectful but restrained. The Duke of Edinburgh, unlike some of the other leading royals, in particular the Queen, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne, has been an infrequent visitor to the Highlands over the decades. However the … Continue reading Flags lowered and tributes paid on behalf of the people of the Highlands after death of Prince Philip

We talked of our mothers on a sad and melancholy day

by Colin Campbell I LEARNED of the death of Prince Philip just a few minutes after it happened and although it was not a “Princess Diana moment” it still shook me albeit to a lesser degree. The death of Diana – the ultimate TV announcement when no one will ever forget exactly where they were and exactly what they had been doing moments before they … Continue reading We talked of our mothers on a sad and melancholy day

A shameful attack on Queen and Prince Philip

by Colin Campbell RECENTLY I highlighted a vile attack on the Queen and Prince Philip in the independence-supporting National, by Stephen Paton, a “columnist”. He wrote the words, and National editor Callum Baird printed them. Of the Queen, Paton said: “The extent of the Royals’ wealth remains unknown, in part due to the Queen successfully pressing the UK Parliament into conceal her family’s immense fortune. … Continue reading A shameful attack on Queen and Prince Philip

Politics set aside as SNP MPs pay a fulsome, fitting tribute

by Colin Campbell ONE of the most fulsome and fitting Highland tributes to Prince Philip yesterday came from Ross, Lochaber and Skye MP and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford. On his Twitter site he said: “I’m deeply saddened by the news that Prince Philip has died. My thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen who has lost her beloved husband – a life … Continue reading Politics set aside as SNP MPs pay a fulsome, fitting tribute

So where are those ‘macabre’ Royal mourning kits now?

by Colin Campbell IN 2018 Highland Council was accused of making “tasteless” preparation for the death when it happened of the most senior members of the Royal family. According to newspaper reports at the time: “Macabre ‘mourning kits’ that include black bordered photographs and books of condolence have been sent out by a council in a ‘tasteless’ preparation for the deaths of the Queen, Prince … Continue reading So where are those ‘macabre’ Royal mourning kits now?

Sturgeon takes off her bossy boots and puts on her football boots as she falls in with the crowd

by Colin Campbell I WAS at the last major sporting event in Scotland, in fact in Europe, where thousands of people were in attendance and I’d like to be at the next one as well, if I could get a ticket. Ibrox last March hosted a European tie in front of a sellout 50,000 crowd and then we all went home to await the imminent … Continue reading Sturgeon takes off her bossy boots and puts on her football boots as she falls in with the crowd

Nationalist campaigners face long, endless climb to indyref2

by Colin Campbell FERGUS Ewing’s normally moribund Twitter site has been energised by his election campaign. It gives considerable prominence to photos of his SNP supporters in Inverness shinning up lampposts to put up posters. No-one has ever been persuaded to vote for a political party by seeing a poster on a lamppost, but it’s still good to see that some old fashioned campaigning traditions … Continue reading Nationalist campaigners face long, endless climb to indyref2

With attention fixated on fake ‘Gathering Place’, essential gathering places were left to rot

by Colin Campbell AS pre-election bribes go, Nicola Sturgeon’s assumption of the new role of Scotland’s playleader in chief is one of the more acceptable. One of a number of giveaways she’s announced involves a £60 million fund “to renew every playpark in Scotland, so that all children have access to a place to play in their own community”. Parents and children in the Highlands … Continue reading With attention fixated on fake ‘Gathering Place’, essential gathering places were left to rot

As SNP dole out English funded freebies, what if the money for them all dried up?

by Colin Campbell NICOLA Sturgeon and the SNP don’t just want to lead us to the land of milk and honey, right now they’re trying to create the impression we’re already there. The £60million for restoring playparks is welcome. But there’s a long list of other pre-election freebies that they’re dangling in front of the voters or placing increased emphasis on as well. A free … Continue reading As SNP dole out English funded freebies, what if the money for them all dried up?