BARRICADES GO UP AT RIVERSIDE BEAUTY SPOT AS WORK BEGINS ON MOST WASTEFUL SCHEME IN INVERNESS 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 BARRICADES GO UP AT RIVERSIDE BEAUTY SPOT AS WORK BEGINS ON MOST WASTEFUL SCHEME IN INVERNESS 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

Holier than thou Greens are now just lickspittle sycophants of the SNP

by Colin Campbell THE rosiest night ever for the Green Party in the Highlands was the election for the first time of a Green Party candidate to Highland Council in the 1980s. He may now be long forgotten now but Roger Winter’s success sparked scenes of jubilant celebration at the Inverness election count among his sizeable number of supporters present. I was there to witness … Continue reading Holier than thou Greens are now just lickspittle sycophants of the SNP

Day Prince Philip came to the rescue of a camera shy youngster in Dingwall

by a contributor THE Queen and Prince Philip visited Dingwall in 1963/64. I was seven or eight at the time and a pupil at Dingwall Primary School. Back then the primary school was part of Dingwall Academy. We youngsters were excited and astonished to be informed the Royals were coming to visit! They were down in London, or abroad, or walking Corgi dogs at Balmoral, as far as … Continue reading Day Prince Philip came to the rescue of a camera shy youngster in Dingwall

Riverside farce is bad enough, without grime, dust and fencing fouling up the summer

by Colin Campbell ARE these the final days when the Ness riverside lies unspoilt and untouched before, under the instruction of Highland Council, workmen move in to start tearing it apart? We’ve just had a bright and chilly but pleasant weekend, with many folk strolling along enjoying its scenic tranquillity. Is that now about to be very roughly and rudely interrupted? A tiny clique at … Continue reading Riverside farce is bad enough, without grime, dust and fencing fouling up the summer

Boris Johnson will never risk becoming the PM who lost Britain

by Colin Campbell LESS than four weeks to go the Scottish Parliamentary elections on May 6 and Nicola Sturgeon is still brazenly peddling the fiction that Boris Johnson will cave in and back an independence referendum, because opposition to it will be “unsustainable”. That was the jaded and ridiculous claim she dragged out yet again in an interview yesterday. If I was an SNP nationalist … Continue reading Boris Johnson will never risk becoming the PM who lost Britain

Flags lowered and tributes paid on behalf of the people of the Highlands after death of Prince Philip

by Colin Campbell TRIBUTES were paid and flags on government buildings across the Highlands were lowered to half mast yesterday following the death of Prince Philip. The response was respectful but restrained. The Duke of Edinburgh, unlike some of the other leading royals, in particular the Queen, Prince Charles, and Princess Anne, has been an infrequent visitor to the Highlands over the decades. However the … Continue reading Flags lowered and tributes paid on behalf of the people of the Highlands after death of Prince Philip

We talked of our mothers on a sad and melancholy day

by Colin Campbell I LEARNED of the death of Prince Philip just a few minutes after it happened and although it was not a “Princess Diana moment” it still shook me albeit to a lesser degree. The death of Diana – the ultimate TV announcement when no one will ever forget exactly where they were and exactly what they had been doing moments before they … Continue reading We talked of our mothers on a sad and melancholy day

A shameful attack on Queen and Prince Philip

by Colin Campbell RECENTLY I highlighted a vile attack on the Queen and Prince Philip in the independence-supporting National, by Stephen Paton, a “columnist”. He wrote the words, and National editor Callum Baird printed them. Of the Queen, Paton said: “The extent of the Royals’ wealth remains unknown, in part due to the Queen successfully pressing the UK Parliament into conceal her family’s immense fortune. … Continue reading A shameful attack on Queen and Prince Philip

Politics set aside as SNP MPs pay a fulsome, fitting tribute

by Colin Campbell ONE of the most fulsome and fitting Highland tributes to Prince Philip yesterday came from Ross, Lochaber and Skye MP and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford. On his Twitter site he said: “I’m deeply saddened by the news that Prince Philip has died. My thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen who has lost her beloved husband – a life … Continue reading Politics set aside as SNP MPs pay a fulsome, fitting tribute