Rogue travellers were the bane of people’s lives and Ross spoke the truth, twisted by SNP as usual

by Colin Campbell DOUGLAS Ross may well be no one’s idea of an inspirational leader or an accomplished TV performer. The Scots’ Tory leader is either hesitant and stilted when he speaks or over eager and excitable, as he has been in these party leader debates. Neither does his youthful appearance resonate gravitas, particularly when he tries with knitted eyebrows to appear a junior statesman. … Continue reading Rogue travellers were the bane of people’s lives and Ross spoke the truth, twisted by SNP as usual

As ALBA mob diced with death on Infirmary bridge, grievance mongering Gathering Place could be their new home

by Colin Campbell WHAT on earth were so many Alba Party supporters doing on the structurally risky Infirmary Bridge at the same time during their futile Highland campaign. The motley Alba crew was aboard a structure which has been chronically neglected in recent years as Highland Council direct all their resources and ingenuity towards building the wall and concrete Gathering Place “artwork” a couple of … Continue reading As ALBA mob diced with death on Infirmary bridge, grievance mongering Gathering Place could be their new home

Sleazebag Salmond launches doomed campaign to woo voters in Highlands

by Colin Campbell ALEX Salmond and his motley Alba crew held the launch of their Highland campaign with a demand for more “urgency” in forcing through a second independence referendum. They were upstaged last week by the SNP’s Kate Forbes, Highland MSP and novice finance minister, who insisted a referendum could be held as soon as Covid restrictions ease. That starts today, Monday, April 26. … Continue reading Sleazebag Salmond launches doomed campaign to woo voters in Highlands

Idyllic stretch of riverside is torn apart

by Colin Campbell THE time for argument and protest over plans to build an “artwork” wall and concrete pathways on a natural and unspoilt riverside beauty spot is now well and truly over. Riverside beauty spot? What riverside beauty spot? The idyllic riverbank setting adjacent to the Ness islands has been torn apart by heavy machinery and looks like an industrial building site. Which is … Continue reading Idyllic stretch of riverside is torn apart

The nationalists so called ‘independence election’ has utterly failed to set the heather on fire

by Colin Campbell A COUPLE of election posters, one Tory, one SNP, have been torn down and I suppose “vandalised” in Inverness. That made the news. Feelings must be running high over the May 6 poll. Or, apart from a couple of lamppost fixated oddballs, probably not. There are now just two weeks of the interminable build-up to the Holyrood poll to go. It seems … Continue reading The nationalists so called ‘independence election’ has utterly failed to set the heather on fire

Sturgeon’s stunning lie over vaccine has a very jagged edge

by Colin Campbell SNP politicians like Fergus Ewing and Drew Hendry must be meeting a lot of people these days with their hectic involvement in the election campaign. And no matter how attentive people are to social distancing requirements, in hectic times it’s all too easy to let attention slip. So its just as well for them that they’ll both have been vaccinated. The same … Continue reading Sturgeon’s stunning lie over vaccine has a very jagged edge

City centre is in its very last days of being a ghost town

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS has entered the last week of the already fraying lockdown, what surely will be the final lockdown. A range of certainties has disintegrated under the pressure of the virus over the past year and more but it must be 99 per cent certain that we will not see Inverness city centre again turned into a dismal and empty ghost town. With … Continue reading City centre is in its very last days of being a ghost town

After so many months of sound and fury, still no one has a clue how significant May 6 will turn out to be

by Colin Campbell A SMALL pile of election leaflets accumulated over the last couple of weeks, delivered by party stalwarts who deserve credit no matter what quarter they’re from for expending time and shoe leather in support of their cause. I set them aside to read through, as I normally do at elections. But when the time came to digest their content, for the first … Continue reading After so many months of sound and fury, still no one has a clue how significant May 6 will turn out to be

Riverside work finally begins on most wasteful scheme in civic history

by Colin Campbell AFTER nearly three years of intense controversy the barricades have finally gone up at the riverside site for the Gathering Place. The most wasteful development in Inverness civic history is now underway. The sight that thousands of opponents of the wall and concrete “artwork” plan had hoped they’d never see became reality as a lengthy stretch of riverside was blocked off as … Continue reading Riverside work finally begins on most wasteful scheme in civic history

Ewing blames Thatcher for housing crisis, even though she’s been dead for eight years

by Fergus Ewing NEVER let it be said that the SNP shirk their responsibilities or refuse to accept blame for their failings. Inverness candidate Fergus Ewing – an MSP for the past 22 years – yesterday tried to pin the blame for today’s worst-ever housing shortage on Maggie Thatcher. He said: “Many of us still feel the impacts of the housing crisis after the right … Continue reading Ewing blames Thatcher for housing crisis, even though she’s been dead for eight years