Gathering Place obsession, footpath widened by 18 inches for ‘social distancing’, while Infirmary bridge was left to rot

by Colin Campbell MAYBE councillors missed the point. When thousands of people urged them to stop messing about with the Inverness riverside they were referring to plans to spend £300,000 on a concrete “artwork” monstrosity at a natural beauty spot, aided and abetted by widening a riverside footpath at a cost of thousands more for “social distancing”. They did NOT mean to abandon it altogether … Continue reading Gathering Place obsession, footpath widened by 18 inches for ‘social distancing’, while Infirmary bridge was left to rot

‘Britain has never been weaker, except in a time of war. This is the time to strike.’ Nationalist loathing of our country plumbs new depths

by Colin Campbell THE ugliest comment I came across while keeping an eye on the SNP’s “virtual” annual conference over the weekend came from nationalist MP and leading light Kenny Macaskill, who declared: “Britain has never been weaker, except perhaps in a time of war. This is the optimum time for Scotland to strike for its independence.” My reaction amid head-shaking disgust was that’s a … Continue reading ‘Britain has never been weaker, except in a time of war. This is the time to strike.’ Nationalist loathing of our country plumbs new depths

Ewing: ‘Unless you want another referendum you must not vote for me.’ (What he should say, but never will)

by Colin Campbell THE SNP/Nationalists intend to frame next May’s Holyrood poll as “the independence election”. Tory leader Douglas Ross said last week that he’s having none of it. And he’s quite right. They can “frame” it any way they like. They can frame it as the Roger Rabbit election if they want. It doesn’t matter. It will be just another poll to elect candidates … Continue reading Ewing: ‘Unless you want another referendum you must not vote for me.’ (What he should say, but never will)

A beautiful photograph of the Highland sky at night, besmirched by Ian Blackford, a bully and a fool

by Colin Campbell THE “simple 10-acres crofter” has planted his foot in the manure yet again. The best the SNP can offer up at Westminster is a hapless clown who can’t even get his facts right on Twitter. He exposes the party that aspires to run “a free Scotland” to further derision and contempt. It’s beyond pathetic. If it wasn’t so serious it would be … Continue reading A beautiful photograph of the Highland sky at night, besmirched by Ian Blackford, a bully and a fool

Many will be in no rush to take Christmas risks with vaccine salvation so tantalisingly close

by Colin Campbell HUGH Pennington, professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University, who has been the most reasoned and balanced contributor on the coronavirus debate, and on many lesser health issues before it, says news of the impending delivery of a vaccine is “welcome”. That measured response from the eminent professor may be considered by many as a considerable understatement. It feels more like vaccine salvation … Continue reading Many will be in no rush to take Christmas risks with vaccine salvation so tantalisingly close

A fitting way to mark a legendary Inverness anniversary

by Colin Campbell PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has said he will consider bringing the Cabinet to Inverness next year to mark the centenary of a historic summit in the Highland capital. The trip would celebrate the 100th anniversary of David Lloyd George, Winston Churchill, Stanley Baldwin and their ministerial colleagues attending Inverness Town House in 1921 for the first-ever Cabinet meeting outside London or Chequers. … Continue reading A fitting way to mark a legendary Inverness anniversary

Barriers are not the ramshackle mess they were before

by Colin Campbell PLANS to make Covid-19 cycling and walking paths permanent in Inverness are being debated. And it’s a controversial issue that will not be easily resolved. Highland Council confirmed is examining ways of making at least some of the temporary “priority routes” permanent. The initial focus has been on Millburn Road and Academy Street, but a council spokeswoman said this could be subject … Continue reading Barriers are not the ramshackle mess they were before

At 1am he was awakened by a blaring alarm. This wasn’t a nationwide alert that Queen Nicola had another coronavirus update to make

by Colin Campbell A RELATIVE travelled north for a visit on Wednesday before it became illegal to drive from Perth to Inverness. He and his wife had been due to come up next Wednesday to stay for a week at the Premier Inn at Tomnachurich, formerly the Loch Ness House Hotel, which still looks quite posh as you drive by. They’d got a room there … Continue reading At 1am he was awakened by a blaring alarm. This wasn’t a nationwide alert that Queen Nicola had another coronavirus update to make

Puce-faced zealot and national embarrassment offers slimy hand of friendship

by Colin Campbell SO now simple 10-acres crofter Ian Blackford sees himself in a new role. As a conciliator, unifier, and creator of peace, understanding, togetherness and harmony. Yes, it is THAT Ian Blackford I’m referring to, the Ross MP and SNP Westminster leader. The man commonly viewed as a bellowing puce-faced zealot, political hypocrite, and all-round national embarrassment. Now he’s started emoting in the … Continue reading Puce-faced zealot and national embarrassment offers slimy hand of friendship

‘Vaccine soon’ news made it the best week of the year

by Colin Campbell IT may be risky to catch too healthy a dose of that most elusive of all emotions during 2020 – optimism. But the past week for many must surely have been about the best of the year. The revelation that a virus vaccine is on the way and could be available to people en masse within two or three months was hugely … Continue reading ‘Vaccine soon’ news made it the best week of the year