SNP’S INSPIRING NEW MASTERPLAN: After six years of failed promises, Sturgeon sets up a new ‘task force’ on independence

by Colin Campbell ALL traces of originality, flair and creativity among the great minds leading the SNP seem to have died and gone to that fabled land of milk and honey. Yesterday Nicola Sturgeon and her cohorts announced the creation of a “task force” to “fire up the cause of independence”. A task force: it’s right up there with “a consultation”, “a review”, “a think … Continue reading SNP’S INSPIRING NEW MASTERPLAN: After six years of failed promises, Sturgeon sets up a new ‘task force’ on independence

Councillors squabble over pounds and pennies, but biggest waste ever is all set to go ahead

by Colin Campbell AN outbreak of squabbling has broken out among Inverness councillors over how £252,000 in town centre funding should be spent on enhancing the city and surrounding areas. The cash from the Scottish Government aims to support construction and employment. However some councillors have different ideas from officials on the best way to utilise the money, and in a bid to sort things … Continue reading Councillors squabble over pounds and pennies, but biggest waste ever is all set to go ahead

Can’t be bothered getting the jab at 3am? Then go to the back of the queue

by Colin Campbell A POLL by the Inverness Courier found that 20 per cent of people would not go for a vaccination appointment at three in the morning. That would be their choice. But unless they had a very good reason for turning the chance down, they should then go to the back of the queue. The vaccination programme gives priority to those deemed to … Continue reading Can’t be bothered getting the jab at 3am? Then go to the back of the queue

Nats have only virus, vaccine, currency, pensions, mortgages, border, EU – and Boris – between them and FREEDOM in 2021

by Colin Campbell THE vast majority of people are not greatly interested in politics just now as we drag ourselves through this bleakest and grimmest of all winters, and not too many are dwelling too much on the May elections, either, I strongly suspect. Opinion polls suggesting majority support for breaking away from the UK have been trumpeted by nationalists but one finding was conveniently … Continue reading Nats have only virus, vaccine, currency, pensions, mortgages, border, EU – and Boris – between them and FREEDOM in 2021

Rampant virus and big freeze make this worst month so far

by Colin Campbell LAST April when we were in the early throes of lockdown, a relative in the south said to me: “Thank heaven this is taking place now, when the weather is good. Imagine what it would be like if it was in November or December.” At the time, we thought it would all be over long before then. Well now it is taking … Continue reading Rampant virus and big freeze make this worst month so far

City centre bank closed as virus strikes

by Colin Campbell THE busy Bank of Scotland in Inverness High Street has closed down after being hit by the coronavirus. A notice there said yesterday: “We have temporarily closed this branch as we had a colleague/customer affected by the virus. We will continue to monitor the situation and will reopen the branch as soon as we are able to.” It’s the first time a … Continue reading City centre bank closed as virus strikes

Care staff were asked if they agreed to receive the vaccine. ‘Yes please’ would have been an appropriate response

by Colin Campbell A MILESTONE for me along this tortuous path – yesterday I met the first person I know who’s been vaccinated. A care worker at an Inverness nursing home, she received the jab last Friday. Within three weeks, the time it takes to become fully effective, she’ll be protected from the worst ravages on the body this cursed virus can bring. Nicola Sturgeon … Continue reading Care staff were asked if they agreed to receive the vaccine. ‘Yes please’ would have been an appropriate response

Tempers fray in worn down city, but in one place they ARE all in it together

by Colin Campbell AT the weekend I took a bike ride to Cannich, on a bright but very cold day. At the outset I wasn’t sure if I’d go the length of Strathglass, my favourite glen in the Highlands, but as the miles rolled by with the roads clear of ice or snow in that often wintry part of the world, there seemed no good … Continue reading Tempers fray in worn down city, but in one place they ARE all in it together

Store staff hit by virus: work done in crisis has been superb

by Colin Campbell TWO members of staff at two separate Tesco stores in Inverness have tested positive for the virus. Are they the first to be struck by it? They’re the first I’ve heard of. The absence of virus infections among store staff has been reassuring for those who work there but often in a socially distanced checkout queue I’ve thought of the potential vulnerability … Continue reading Store staff hit by virus: work done in crisis has been superb

City escorts flee mutant variant, but some linger on

THE majority of escorts “on tour” in Inverness have left the Highland capital as it faces the impact of the new mutant strain of the coronavirus, but a small number are still working in the city. Escort numbers plummeted during the first wave of the virus. But in the autumn many returned to rented flats across Inverness when infection rates here fell to almost zero. … Continue reading City escorts flee mutant variant, but some linger on