Kate Forbes is not ‘hated’. But many detest the lies and deception of the SNP

by Colin Campbell DOES anyone “hate” Kate Forbes? I very much doubt it. There may be a tiny handful of deranged people out there who hate all politicians. But it’s difficult to think of anyone less likely to provoke the ugliest of personal emotions than the Highland MSP and SNP Scottish Government Finance Secretary. She comes across as a pleasant and likeable person. When she … Continue reading Kate Forbes is not ‘hated’. But many detest the lies and deception of the SNP

Plans to ‘develop’ the Bught Park should be closely scrutinised by the public, right from the off

by Colin Campbell THE barriers surrounding the Riverside site where the ridiculous Gathering Place is being built don’t cast a shadow over the adjacent Bught Park, but they should. The Bught is the latest target for potential redevelopment by the council. And after the prolonged and ongoing riverside travesty just across the road from it, people should be wary about what happens next at the … Continue reading Plans to ‘develop’ the Bught Park should be closely scrutinised by the public, right from the off

Leisure centre priority has to be the return of changing rooms, showers and chat

by Colin Campbell A RELATIVE who goes regularly to the publicly-funded Bells sports centre in Perth tells me the return to normal activity there is proceeding at the pace of a slow crawl. In his late 60s, he welcomes seeing others of similar vintage at the venue. But very few familiar faces have returned. He has flashes of doubt if, even fully vaccinated, he should … Continue reading Leisure centre priority has to be the return of changing rooms, showers and chat

In the Highlands education chief Spear would have been out on her ear

by Colin Campbell HIGHLAND councillors say odd things and make peculiar decisions all too frequently. But I can’t think of a single one of them who would sink to a truly cretinous level for no apparent good reason. In other words, none of them would behave like Glasgow councillor Rhiannon Spear, who expressed her feelings about the Eurovision Song Contest on Twitter where our entry … Continue reading In the Highlands education chief Spear would have been out on her ear

Five more years of Sturgeon’s reshuffled second raters

by Colin Campbell NICOLA Sturgeon announced “a major Cabinet reshuffle” yesterday but although this was dutifully reported on in the mainstream media I doubt if many people were very much interested. There was emphasis from Sturgeon and co on the fact that it was “gender balanced”. And of course, in terms of priorities, we would expect absolutely nothing less. I follow SNP shennanigans avidly but … Continue reading Five more years of Sturgeon’s reshuffled second raters

Pubs light up for first time in months as normality returns to city centre

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS pubs were lit up again after dark for the first time in months on Monday, with a solid level of expectation that this time they’ll be allowed to stay that way. Under the latest easing of rules drink and food can now be served indoors until 10.30pm. Despite warnings over the past 14 months that some might close down for good, … Continue reading Pubs light up for first time in months as normality returns to city centre

If hard-up Emma plays SNP game, she’ll soon find it’s raining money

by Colin Campbell A FEW days I reported on a vicious attack on newly-elected SNP MSP Emma Roddick, on the influential and widely read nationalist website Wings of Scotland. Ms Roddick has had the last laugh, earlier than might have been expected. Two days ago Wings owner Stuart Campbell penned a long, angry and bitter farewell to his readers, saying he was packing it all … Continue reading If hard-up Emma plays SNP game, she’ll soon find it’s raining money

Roadworks, barriers and bollards strewn city provides a less than ideal welcome for visitors

by Colin Campbell A COUPLE of days ago I headed down my usual shortcut pathway from Scorguie to King Brude Road to find it blocked halfway along by a small digger which had been manoeuvred into position to gouge deep holes in the verge and surrounding area for installation work of some kind. “Sorry mate, 10 minutes or so till we get this bit done,” … Continue reading Roadworks, barriers and bollards strewn city provides a less than ideal welcome for visitors

Sturgeon’s fake ‘electoral mandate’ will get her absolutely nowhere

by Colin Campbell SO much for the “supermajority”. So much for “the settled will of the people”. So much for the “mass street protests”. The empty threats that the nationalists have been regaling us with in recent months look pretty worthless now. In their triumphalism and arrogance they set themselves up for a heavy fall and they’ve come crashing down now. The SNP won the … Continue reading Sturgeon’s fake ‘electoral mandate’ will get her absolutely nowhere

New Inverness SNP MSP hit by venom at the heart of nationalism

by Colin Campbell WHEN Inverness councillor Emma Roddick stepped forward on the podium at the counting centre on Saturday as a newly-elected list SNP MSP for the Highlands, it must have been one of the best moments of her life. As the youngest MSP elected to Holyrood, at just 23 years old, her sense of joy must have been overwhelming, as she spoke of the … Continue reading New Inverness SNP MSP hit by venom at the heart of nationalism