by Colin Campbell QUEEN Nicola’s popularity has dropped like a stone by 40 points compared with this time last year and, following a consistent trend, support for independence continues to slide, according to the latest poll. This suggests that the selfie inspired limelight she tried to seize at the recent COP26 jamboree didn’t exactly bathe her in glory when it came to impressing people. Precocious … Continue reading THE MISSING MILLION: NATIONALISTS CLAIMED SCOTLAND WOULD BE SWAMPED BY PROPAGANDA SHEET GOING TO HOUSEHOLDS EVERYWHERE. HOW MANY HAVE EVEN SEEN IT?
by Colin Campbell When Nicola Sturgeon cannot quite bear the prospect of bringing bad tidings to her supporters, who better to delegate the task to than Mr Ian Blackford, one of her closest acolytes who exudes legendary charm and appeal, and who can speak directly to the faithful with the down to earth honesty of a simple 10 acres crofter. Ms Sturgeon’s promise to the … Continue reading In delivering really bad news, what better messenger than a simple 10 acres crofter
by Colin Campbell When Ross County manager Malky Mackay was asked by the local media what he thought of the “Rainbow Laces” campaign in football his response was predictable. He was all in favour of it, enthusiastically so. In case you are unaware what this is about, it is an initiative to promote LBQTI+ (we mustn’t forget the +) involvement in our national sport. The … Continue reading Malky Mackay was never going to trip up over the ‘Rainbow Laces’ malarkey
by Colin Campbell FEAR is spreading rapidly over the new Omnicron variant, one of the most relentless gloom and doom mongering papers declared yesterday. This was reported with what seemed a tone of relish. For some reason, it seems they never want this to end. I saw it on their free website. I wouldn’t buy one of the actual papers. I’d rather give my money … Continue reading Triple vaccinated and going back to the way we were? There’s not the remotest chance
by Colin Campbell DISCUSSION about the spate of “visions for the future” for Inverness from Highland Council and MP Drew Hendry’s “Inverness Futures” group (Nirvana by 2035! ) has predictably resulted in much vague discussion about everything and nothing. How many of these visions will see the light of day remains to be seen, at least by those still alive long enough to see it … Continue reading First challenge for the ‘visionaries’: redecorate the Upper Bridge Street eyesore
by Colin Campbell ANYONE who saw Boris Johnson’s speech to business leaders yesterday would have to concede it wasn’t his finest hour. He lost the place as he shuffled through his prepared papers, he mumbled “forgive me, forgive me” several times, he went off at a bit of a tangent with references to cartoon character Peppa the Pig, and at the end he was asked … Continue reading BORIS JOHNSON MIGHT MAKE A PIG’S EAR OF BEING PM ANY DAY OF THE WEEK, BUT IT’S STILL THE NATIONALISTS WHO’LL BE STUCK DEEP IN THE MIRE
by Colin Campbell DURING a council debate on the 101 (literally) pages of the council’s latest “visions” for Inverness, convener Margaret Davidson made a standout declaration. “I refuse to be infected by negativity,” she said. This was in response to the views of another councillor who had mild doubts about the council’s ability to transform the Highland capital into their “vision” of a “healthier, greener, … Continue reading People who question council ‘visions’ are NOT ‘infected by negativity’
by Colin Campbell THEY got it wrong at the beginning, they got it wrong in the middle, and they got it wrong right to the very, very end. £800,000 was spent on the River Ness artwork project, now officially concluded. And what have we got to show for it? What we have is a concrete plank at one end of the river and a sculpture … Continue reading A complete and utter shambles from the very beginning to the very, very end
by Colin Campbell DREW Hendry last week returned, somewhat unwisely I thought, to Gibraltar in his local newspaper column. It was headed: “Important Gibraltrar trip marred by false claims says MP Drew Hendry who argues politicians must do all they can to learn about our current service personnel’s challenges.” When I saw that my surprised reaction was: “He’s back on it again.” (The topic I … Continue reading Hendry: Time to forget about Gibraltar and focus again on trying to steal that mace
by Colin Campbell THE National trumpeted on its front page a large headline proclaiming that independence would bring “35k new jobs” to Scotland. Thirty five thousand new jobs? That has to be a good thing, surely. I imagine a wave of brainless acclaim swept through its 10,000 stong readership. The problem was that the jobs were not of the kind where people work to produce … Continue reading 35,000 new bureaucrats under independence. And the nats think that’s great news?