Falcon Square protest generates an outpouring of anger, bile and vitriol

by Colin Campbell DEBATE is raging over an Inverness protest in Falcon Square against virus restrictions and the virtual lockdown which has hammered many businesses, particularly in the hospitality industry. I turned to the always informative Facebook page of the Inverness Courier to see what was being said about it online. Normally an article there might attract a dozen or so comments, maybe 50 if … Continue reading Falcon Square protest generates an outpouring of anger, bile and vitriol

Perils of Zone-Ex: new drink curbs are creating a situation we battle to avoid

by Gerry Reynolds, Inverness Events Manager IN my role I have spent many happy hours over the years considering the best way to manage that wonderful area surrounding each of my event arenas known as Zone Ex. Zone Ex – which is short for the External Zone – can get very crowded as thousands of spectators enter and leave whatever it is I am organising. … Continue reading Perils of Zone-Ex: new drink curbs are creating a situation we battle to avoid

One demand too many: ‘digital Christmas’ ruling will be greeted with a rousing chorus of Yuletide scorn

by Colin Campbell SCOTTISH Government science guru Jason Leitch has told people to prepare for “a digital Christmas”. The national clinical director says “there is absolutely no question” of big family gatherings being allowed. “That is fiction this year.” The only fiction apparent here is Mr Leitch’s belief that his words will carry the weight that he seems to attribute to them. He has been … Continue reading One demand too many: ‘digital Christmas’ ruling will be greeted with a rousing chorus of Yuletide scorn

BBC licence boycott is a sinister SNP attempt to gain totalitarian control

SNP windbag Kenny MacAskill is urging pro-independence supporters to stop paying the BBC licence fee, part of a grievance-ridden campaign which has been rumbling on for some time now. Does that mean those who refuse to pay up will align their protest with their principles and stop watching BBC Scotland, the main subject of their complaints? At least if they did it might stop them … Continue reading BBC licence boycott is a sinister SNP attempt to gain totalitarian control

Brexit ban on foreign criminals can’t come soon enough

by Colin Campbell FROM January 1 under new immigration rules as a result of Brexit, all foreign nationals who have been sentenced to at least a year in prison – whether in Britain or overseas – will be banned from entering the UK. And a Happy New Year to that! Predictably this eminently sensible ruling has been condemned from different quarters as yet another example … Continue reading Brexit ban on foreign criminals can’t come soon enough

Pubs are still paying the price for the free for all fiasco which erupted in July

by Colin Campbell THE owner of riverside pub Johnny Foxes has called for supermarket sales of alcohol to be banned to help the hospitality industry survive. Don Lawson presumably knows that is not going to happen. The era of prohibition belongs to a turbulent period of US history in the 1920s, and will remain there. But Mr Lawson’s widely publicised appeal is indicative of the … Continue reading Pubs are still paying the price for the free for all fiasco which erupted in July

Tiers stack up: as Sturgeon flails around clueless and desperate, one sanction if sanity prevails she’ll steer clear of

by Colin Campbell SO Scotland now will have five tiers of restrictions in the battle against the coronavirus, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. As if things weren’t confusing enough. There is no evidence whatever that any of this is working in stemming the rate of infections. But for want of anything else to announce, create another tier. No wonder cynicism over Sturgeon’s supposed strategy seems to … Continue reading Tiers stack up: as Sturgeon flails around clueless and desperate, one sanction if sanity prevails she’ll steer clear of

If a nationalist campaigner tries to ‘advise’ you about future pensions, be sure to check the small print

by Colin Campbell “WHAT about my pension,” an elderly relative asked an SNP canvasser on his doorstep before last December’s General Election. “What assurances will I have on that?” “Oh, the UK Government will continue paying your pension,” came the reply. “That’s guaranteed. After all, they pay the pension to people living abroad, France, Spain, everywhere. You should have no worries about that.” I reported … Continue reading If a nationalist campaigner tries to ‘advise’ you about future pensions, be sure to check the small print

Surge to the Highlands: travel warnings are ignored as caravans and campervans pile up the A9

by Colin Campbell TRAVEL warnings, guidelines and pleas were ignored as a mass influx of caravans and campervans headed up the A9 to the Highlands on Sunday. An Inverness man who travels south extensively as part of his work as an executive in the care industry told Inverness news and views last night: “I’ve been on the A9 hundreds of times and I can honestly … Continue reading Surge to the Highlands: travel warnings are ignored as caravans and campervans pile up the A9

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’