The gung-ho fallacy that we can take on this virus just by ‘toughening up’

by Colin Campbell THE increasingly vocal mantra from those who oppose virus restrictions – in some cases any and all virus restrictions – is that it’s not going away for perhaps a long time to come and we just have “to learn to live with it”, with the implication being we should relax, fend off our anxieties and pretty much go back to assuming many … Continue reading The gung-ho fallacy that we can take on this virus just by ‘toughening up’

Sturgeon speaks candidly and attracts hatred from the sewer

by Colin Campbell WHEN Nicola Sturgeon was asked at a briefing what she thought of a new opinion poll that came out the other day showing that support for independence had risen to 58 per cent she gave a terse response. She said that she would gladly give up any poll leads or “surges of support” if she could get rid of the coronavirus. That … Continue reading Sturgeon speaks candidly and attracts hatred from the sewer

Ferrier is a rank hypocrite, and the rest of the SNP freeloaders aren’t far behind her

by Colin Campbell ON May 22 of last year SNP MP Margaret Ferrier made her feelings about Westminster very clear. In a Facebook post on the eve of the last Holyrood elections she declared: “While the SNP is delivering progress in Scotland the UK has ground to a halt. Vote SNP this Thursday, 23 May, to send a strong message that Scotland deserves better than … Continue reading Ferrier is a rank hypocrite, and the rest of the SNP freeloaders aren’t far behind her

Dead above the water and dead below the water as well: in grim times, reasons for cheer over rising certainty Gathering Place will never be built

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS news and views recently reported that the borehole tests carried out at the site for the planned riverside Gathering Place “have revealed that there is too much of a depth of sand for the concrete supports for the cantilevered section to work”. With the council pledged to spend no more money on this £300,000 monstrosity – on top of the tens … Continue reading Dead above the water and dead below the water as well: in grim times, reasons for cheer over rising certainty Gathering Place will never be built

Pubs close en masse: no takers for Sturgeon’s proposal for alfresco nighttime drinking on the pavements

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS pubs decided not to partake of Nicola Sturgeon’s proposal to set up tables for alfresco style alcohol consumption on the yard-and-a-half wide pavements outside their premises when the latest batch of new rules came into force on Friday night. The First Minister’s suggestion that they could continue to provide drink after 6pm “provided it was served outdoors” fell flat with no … Continue reading Pubs close en masse: no takers for Sturgeon’s proposal for alfresco nighttime drinking on the pavements

What would body language experts make of the ‘I forgot’ Sturgeon we’ve never seen before?

by Colin Campbell “ARE questions about Alex Salmond really the most important issue just now” was a main page headline in the vile National yesterday. No, they certainly are not, particularly when they leave their heroine Queen Nicola writhing in embarrassment, or worse, when they’re being directed at her. She claimed this week to have forgotten about a meeting she had when she first heard … Continue reading What would body language experts make of the ‘I forgot’ Sturgeon we’ve never seen before?

Evening up the score with Angus ‘the ghoul’ Robertson

by Colin Campbell ANGUS “Counting the Dead” Robertson has written an article in the vile National explaining why “the dogs in the street can see Boris Johnson is bluffing” in his expressed determination to veto a second independence referendum. The problem was it, predictably, explained nothing. A dog’s dinner of a piece from the former SNP deputy leader was merely another compilation of hope, fantasy … Continue reading Evening up the score with Angus ‘the ghoul’ Robertson

City centre returns to nightly ghost town with inevitable pub closures, as Sturgeon and Leitch helplessly cast around for solutions

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS was effectively returned to virtual ghost town status at night following the announcement of new restrictions by Nicola Sturgeon yesterday. Under the new rules pubs, restaurants and cafes will not be allowed to serve alcohol indoors. They can only open between 6am and 6pm for food and non-alcoholic drinks. Licensed premises can continue to serve alcohol outdoors until the 10pm curfew … Continue reading City centre returns to nightly ghost town with inevitable pub closures, as Sturgeon and Leitch helplessly cast around for solutions

A virus second lockdown would be a hammer blow to hospitality industry workers in Inverness and the Highlands

by Colin Campbell THE boss of the Mercure hotel in Inverness city centre in a report summed up the post lockdown reaction to the number of visitors arriving in the Highland capital when he said he was delighted with the way things had gone. Fraser Peterkin had anticipated an occupancy rate of around 35 per cent as being a reasonable success. Instead, uptake of rooms … Continue reading A virus second lockdown would be a hammer blow to hospitality industry workers in Inverness and the Highlands

Delay after delay after delay leaves loathed, reviled, detested Gathering Place looking dead in the water

by Colin Campbell On July 13 we reported an update on the progress – or lack of it – in the Tilting Pier/Gathering Place saga. Under the headline Five Summers of sound and fury, and plans to ‘enhance’ the riverside have got nowhere, we said: “Any rational person would see it’s impossible for the council to start work on a £300,000 riverside ‘artwork’ development while … Continue reading Delay after delay after delay leaves loathed, reviled, detested Gathering Place looking dead in the water