Feeble Fergus tackles Hate Crimes Humza over Ritzy new prison that’ll cost £100m

by Colin Campbell WHEN plans for the much-vaunted new Inverness prison were kicked years down the road because there was no money to build it, MSP Fergus Ewing had to swallow his humiliation and explain that at least some progress had been made. His memorably feeble excuse for this SNP Government failure was that the land near the Inverness Retail Park park had been successfully … Continue reading Feeble Fergus tackles Hate Crimes Humza over Ritzy new prison that’ll cost £100m

Thirteen go overboard en route for the land of milk and honey

by Colin Campbell NO fewer than 13 SNP MSPs have now jumped ship on the increasingly turbulent voyage to the land of milk and honey. All would have been guaranteed a return to Holyrood after next May’s elections on the basis that SNP supporters will vote for a monkey on a bar stool if its wearing a yellow rosette, and they’d have got their snouts … Continue reading Thirteen go overboard en route for the land of milk and honey

BBC caves in on ‘racist’ Rule Britannia, nationalist loathing of all things British is poisonous

by Colin Campbell I’VE never watched The Last Night of the Proms, and know very little about it. If it’s the Last Night, how many “Nights of the Proms” have preceded it, and where have they been held? As I say, when it comes to this annual BBC showpiece, I’m pretty clueless. The only reason I ever come across it is because it’s always on … Continue reading BBC caves in on ‘racist’ Rule Britannia, nationalist loathing of all things British is poisonous

Fatcat’s £475,000 payoff from poverty pleading council is OBSCENE

by Colin Campbell A SENIOR council official has pushed his golden wheelbarrow away from Glenurquhart Road HQ for the last time. It contains a total severance package of almost half a million pounds. And there’s only one word to describe that – obscene. It would be a stunningly excessive so-called “golden handshake” at any time. But in the current situation where so many people are … Continue reading Fatcat’s £475,000 payoff from poverty pleading council is OBSCENE

Zero chance of a legal referendum, and Sturgeon and co are helpless

by Colin Campbell A SLEW of recent opinion polls have indicated there’s been a surge in support for independence, with the most recent last week topping out at 55 per cent in favour of Scotland breaking away from the UK. Opinion polls? After they got the Trump and Brexit outcomes so hopelessly wrong there was a surge in scepticism and the widespread belief that they … Continue reading Zero chance of a legal referendum, and Sturgeon and co are helpless

Harrying Johnson on Wester Ross family holiday smacked of vindictiveness

by Colin Campbell DID silver-tongued warthog Ian Blackford leak details of Boris Johnson’s holiday location to the media? The Ross MP and SNP Westminster leader denied it. But it would be par for the course for this malign political hypocrite to ignore the unwritten rule that even the fiercest rivals suspend hostilities and accept that everyone deserves a week away from the political fray at … Continue reading Harrying Johnson on Wester Ross family holiday smacked of vindictiveness

Virus-winter highlight: doddery old Joe versus The Donald

by Colin Campbell NOVEMBER 3 is only 10 weeks away and it promises to be the most enthralling, gripping and riveting night of the year. I’ve watched the unfolding drama of every US presidential election for the past 40 years. Trump v Biden, which reaches an electoral climax on that date, is certain to top the lot. I was as stunned, disbelieving and drained of … Continue reading Virus-winter highlight: doddery old Joe versus The Donald

Yet more cash poured into Market in ‘Old Town’ upgrade

by Colin Campbell ACCORDING to reports the Inverness Business Improvement (BID) organisation has been in discussion with Highland Council to give the “Old Town” in Inverness its own unique identity. The scheme would involve “welcome” signs being placed at the ends of key thoroughfares, and specially-branded street furniture would “help to create a unique sense of place”. That’s what’s planned for the Old Town. But … Continue reading Yet more cash poured into Market in ‘Old Town’ upgrade

As council squanders money, new top jobs deserve close scrutiny

by Colin Campbell THE announcement last week that Highland Council intend to hire two new top officials at a combined salary of £216,000 followed a familiar trajectory. First came the announcement. Then came internal and external criticism of the salaries involved and whether these payouts were justified and whether these new officials were needed at all. And now one of them, that of a deputy … Continue reading As council squanders money, new top jobs deserve close scrutiny

After months of sad, lifeless lockdown, reopening of Inverness Leisure will be a huge boost to morale

by Colin Campbell FIVE years ago Inverness Leisure closed down for 10 days over the festive period and seasonal goodwill evaporated with an outcry from regular users over being deprived of their exercise “fix” for so long. Strange as it may seem to regular couch potatoes, once you start using a treadmill, bike or rowing machine almost on a daily basis it’s a lot easier … Continue reading After months of sad, lifeless lockdown, reopening of Inverness Leisure will be a huge boost to morale