CITY CARE STAFF APPALLED: NEW DECREE TO TRUSS UP RESIDENTS IN MASKS ISN’T A RATIONAL PRECAUTION, IT IS CRUEL AND INHUMANE

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS care home staff are appalled by the Scottish Government’s new ruling that residents must now wear face masks in communal areas, and what one described as the nightmare prospect of trying to enforce it. The diktat decrees that from June 25 elderly folk must be trussed up with masks at all times in all communal areas of homes where they sit, … Continue reading CITY CARE STAFF APPALLED: NEW DECREE TO TRUSS UP RESIDENTS IN MASKS ISN’T A RATIONAL PRECAUTION, IT IS CRUEL AND INHUMANE

STAIR CRAZY: Council claims bizarre ‘artwork’ in parkland will help people get over the pandemic

by Colin Campbell WHICH classic wordsmith within Highland Council’s press and public relations department is saddled with the appalling task of trying to explain the local authority’s approach to “artwork”? Whoever he or she is, they surely deserve some sympathy. They’ve already had to dredge the bottom of the barrel to try and scrape together some justification for the riverside Gathering Place travesty. And the … Continue reading STAIR CRAZY: Council claims bizarre ‘artwork’ in parkland will help people get over the pandemic

Amid hospitality ‘staffing crisis’, SNP freeloader calls for mass influx of cheap foreign labour

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS MP Drew Hendry has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking her to come to the Highlands to see for herself the “extreme staffing crisis” facing the Highland hospitality industry because of “the Tories hostile approach to Brexit and immigration”. “We warned this would happen,” he says. Patel is unlikely to accept Hendry’s invitation. But if she did, maybe their first … Continue reading Amid hospitality ‘staffing crisis’, SNP freeloader calls for mass influx of cheap foreign labour

Is messing around with city’s highly successful events programme yet more change for change’s sake?

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS councillors have approved revised arrangements which had been proposed for the delivery of the Inverness Common Good funded Inverness Events and Festivals programme by the Highland Council’s grandly titled “Chief Executive Officer – Transformation”. In recent years tens of thousands of locals and visitors have attended the Inverness Highland Games, Halloween Show, Fireworks Display, Christmas Lights Switch On Parade, Winter Wonderland … Continue reading Is messing around with city’s highly successful events programme yet more change for change’s sake?

June has arrived, the tourist influx is underway, the torn up riverside remains torn up, and there’s still not a trace of the Wonder Wall

by Colin Campbell FLAMING June has arrived, the tourist influx has begun in earnest, a prime stretch of riverside is still barricaded off, and seven weeks after work there began, there’s not a trace yet of the emergence of the Wonder Wall. So how is work at the Gathering Place site going? Progress is being made, or at least that has to be the presumption. … Continue reading June has arrived, the tourist influx is underway, the torn up riverside remains torn up, and there’s still not a trace of the Wonder Wall

Kate Forbes is not ‘hated’. But many detest the lies and deception of the SNP

by Colin Campbell DOES anyone “hate” Kate Forbes? I very much doubt it. There may be a tiny handful of deranged people out there who hate all politicians. But it’s difficult to think of anyone less likely to provoke the ugliest of personal emotions than the Highland MSP and SNP Scottish Government Finance Secretary. She comes across as a pleasant and likeable person. When she … Continue reading Kate Forbes is not ‘hated’. But many detest the lies and deception of the SNP

Plans to ‘develop’ the Bught Park should be closely scrutinised by the public, right from the off

by Colin Campbell THE barriers surrounding the Riverside site where the ridiculous Gathering Place is being built don’t cast a shadow over the adjacent Bught Park, but they should. The Bught is the latest target for potential redevelopment by the council. And after the prolonged and ongoing riverside travesty just across the road from it, people should be wary about what happens next at the … Continue reading Plans to ‘develop’ the Bught Park should be closely scrutinised by the public, right from the off

Leisure centre priority has to be the return of changing rooms, showers and chat

by Colin Campbell A RELATIVE who goes regularly to the publicly-funded Bells sports centre in Perth tells me the return to normal activity there is proceeding at the pace of a slow crawl. In his late 60s, he welcomes seeing others of similar vintage at the venue. But very few familiar faces have returned. He has flashes of doubt if, even fully vaccinated, he should … Continue reading Leisure centre priority has to be the return of changing rooms, showers and chat

In the Highlands education chief Spear would have been out on her ear

by Colin Campbell HIGHLAND councillors say odd things and make peculiar decisions all too frequently. But I can’t think of a single one of them who would sink to a truly cretinous level for no apparent good reason. In other words, none of them would behave like Glasgow councillor Rhiannon Spear, who expressed her feelings about the Eurovision Song Contest on Twitter where our entry … Continue reading In the Highlands education chief Spear would have been out on her ear

Five more years of Sturgeon’s reshuffled second raters

by Colin Campbell NICOLA Sturgeon announced “a major Cabinet reshuffle” yesterday but although this was dutifully reported on in the mainstream media I doubt if many people were very much interested. There was emphasis from Sturgeon and co on the fact that it was “gender balanced”. And of course, in terms of priorities, we would expect absolutely nothing less. I follow SNP shennanigans avidly but … Continue reading Five more years of Sturgeon’s reshuffled second raters