Tiers stack up: as Sturgeon flails around clueless and desperate, one sanction if sanity prevails she’ll steer clear of

by Colin Campbell SO Scotland now will have five tiers of restrictions in the battle against the coronavirus, Nicola Sturgeon has announced. As if things weren’t confusing enough. There is no evidence whatever that any of this is working in stemming the rate of infections. But for want of anything else to announce, create another tier. No wonder cynicism over Sturgeon’s supposed strategy seems to … Continue reading Tiers stack up: as Sturgeon flails around clueless and desperate, one sanction if sanity prevails she’ll steer clear of

If a nationalist campaigner tries to ‘advise’ you about future pensions, be sure to check the small print

by Colin Campbell “WHAT about my pension,” an elderly relative asked an SNP canvasser on his doorstep before last December’s General Election. “What assurances will I have on that?” “Oh, the UK Government will continue paying your pension,” came the reply. “That’s guaranteed. After all, they pay the pension to people living abroad, France, Spain, everywhere. You should have no worries about that.” I reported … Continue reading If a nationalist campaigner tries to ‘advise’ you about future pensions, be sure to check the small print

Surge to the Highlands: travel warnings are ignored as caravans and campervans pile up the A9

by Colin Campbell TRAVEL warnings, guidelines and pleas were ignored as a mass influx of caravans and campervans headed up the A9 to the Highlands on Sunday. An Inverness man who travels south extensively as part of his work as an executive in the care industry told Inverness news and views last night: “I’ve been on the A9 hundreds of times and I can honestly … Continue reading Surge to the Highlands: travel warnings are ignored as caravans and campervans pile up the A9

The gung-ho fallacy that we can take on this virus just by ‘toughening up’

by Colin Campbell THE increasingly vocal mantra from those who oppose virus restrictions – in some cases any and all virus restrictions – is that it’s not going away for perhaps a long time to come and we just have “to learn to live with it”, with the implication being we should relax, fend off our anxieties and pretty much go back to assuming many … Continue reading The gung-ho fallacy that we can take on this virus just by ‘toughening up’

A rare visit to Raigmore which feels exactly as it was

by Colin Campbell IT’S an irony that while there has never been so much unrelenting focus on illness and medical issues, it’s probably never been so long since most people have seen the inside of a hospital. I haven’t set foot inside Raigmore for over a year. I learned this on Thursday when I went up for a medical check which was postponed six months … Continue reading A rare visit to Raigmore which feels exactly as it was

If pubs are handing out hot water bottles we need light to warm us up

by Colin Campbell APPARENTLY Johnny Foxes pub on the riverside has started distributing hot water bottles – the kind your granny curls up with – to customers braving the October chill for an outdoors evening drink. Another hostelry has invited people to bring their own blankets. Good luck to these establishments with these innovations, which display imaginative thinking. I hope it works for them. Inverness … Continue reading If pubs are handing out hot water bottles we need light to warm us up

Sturgeon speaks candidly and attracts hatred from the sewer

by Colin Campbell WHEN Nicola Sturgeon was asked at a briefing what she thought of a new opinion poll that came out the other day showing that support for independence had risen to 58 per cent she gave a terse response. She said that she would gladly give up any poll leads or “surges of support” if she could get rid of the coronavirus. That … Continue reading Sturgeon speaks candidly and attracts hatred from the sewer

Ferrier is a rank hypocrite, and the rest of the SNP freeloaders aren’t far behind her

by Colin Campbell ON May 22 of last year SNP MP Margaret Ferrier made her feelings about Westminster very clear. In a Facebook post on the eve of the last Holyrood elections she declared: “While the SNP is delivering progress in Scotland the UK has ground to a halt. Vote SNP this Thursday, 23 May, to send a strong message that Scotland deserves better than … Continue reading Ferrier is a rank hypocrite, and the rest of the SNP freeloaders aren’t far behind her

Dead above the water and dead below the water as well: in grim times, reasons for cheer over rising certainty Gathering Place will never be built

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS news and views recently reported that the borehole tests carried out at the site for the planned riverside Gathering Place “have revealed that there is too much of a depth of sand for the concrete supports for the cantilevered section to work”. With the council pledged to spend no more money on this £300,000 monstrosity – on top of the tens … Continue reading Dead above the water and dead below the water as well: in grim times, reasons for cheer over rising certainty Gathering Place will never be built

Pubs close en masse: no takers for Sturgeon’s proposal for alfresco nighttime drinking on the pavements

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS pubs decided not to partake of Nicola Sturgeon’s proposal to set up tables for alfresco style alcohol consumption on the yard-and-a-half wide pavements outside their premises when the latest batch of new rules came into force on Friday night. The First Minister’s suggestion that they could continue to provide drink after 6pm “provided it was served outdoors” fell flat with no … Continue reading Pubs close en masse: no takers for Sturgeon’s proposal for alfresco nighttime drinking on the pavements