APPARENTLY a million people have now signed a petition demanding Boris Johnson should sack Dominic Cummings. I’m surprised it’s not more. Signatories will include every reader of the Guardian. Every member of the political staff of the BBC, with disgracefully biased Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis who ranted on air against Bojo and Cummings sneakily signing it multiple times under different pseudonyms.
AN eye-in-the-sky helicopter hovered over Nairn beach yesterday as people flocked to the seaside after 11 weeks of stifling lockdown. Twice in the afternoon it flew over the beach monitoring those lying in the warm sunshine or paddling or swimming in the water. The beach was busy on a brilliantly sunny day, but people sensibly observed social distancing rules.Continue reading “Eye-in-sky chopper ignored as fresh sea air is breathed in again”
MATT Macdonald is one of the stalwarts on the committee which keeps “everyone’s other favourite club”, Fort William, alive and kicking in the face of difficult challenges, particularly relating to the distances they have to travel across half of Scotland for away matches. He’s also the president of the North of Scotland Football Association, which, in addition to his Claggan Park role, gives him a hefty footballing schedule.
A FULL week after a new-look plan emerged for the Coronavirus Gathering Place there has still been no explanation about it. It was briefly made public by the council – apparently by mistake – and was swiftly withdrawn. That’s the last we’ve heard about it. The original much-detested scheme was to build a continuous wall along the riverside adjacent to the Ness Islands. Now there apparently are plans for two walls, with a hole in the middle.Continue reading “There must be no more secrecy over Coronavirus Gathering Place”
SNP “Shadow Scottish Secretary” Mhairi Black wants English workers to pay for Scots to stay longer on an extended holiday. She’s demanding that the furlough scheme in Scotland should be extended for as long as Nicola Sturgeon wants. That is, while people in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool and everywhere else pile back to work.Continue reading “Black wants English workers to pay for Scots’ extended holiday”
A VENEER of unity has covered over the cracks in the SNP during the past two months, but now it’s fading fast. Joanna Cherry has elbowed herself into pole position to replace Nicola Sturgeon, as the increasingly jaded party leader faces renewed internal criticism over her failure to deliver “indyref2”.
Cherry made her biggest impact with her response to a query from a member of the audience on the BBC’s Question Time on what currency an independent Scotland would use. “Umm…err…ummm…” she declared. (Youtube, Joanna Cherry freezes on Question Time).
THE COLIN CAMPBELL COLUMN Hotels in the Highlands and across Scotland are already going bust, with the loss of many jobs. Guest house owners are counting the cost of investing in businesses which they believed would bring in a steady and reliable income. And B&B operators who have spent money on bringing their properties up to the required standard are also seeing their hopes and … Continue reading Post-lockdown priority should be to get visitors a bed for the night
THE PAUL CHALK COLUMN IN these rather barren and bleak days for our national sport, there are still football stories to stir the blood – even if they are from the distant past. And none more so than the day Stan Mathews played at Grant Street Park. The name may not mean much – or anything – to younger fans these days. But Stan Mathews … Continue reading Merkinch stalwart remembers Grant Street Park’s greatest day
by Colin Campbell THREE years after the Gathering Place fiasco began, the project has now been taken over by the Hole in the Wall gang. Plans for what was supposed to be a long wall on the Ness riverside have been revised by the council. There is now a gap in the middle, with stretches of wall on either side. Maybe the hole in the … Continue reading Mind the gap: Hole in the Wall gang take over crazy art plan