What would body language experts make of the ‘I forgot’ Sturgeon we’ve never seen before?

by Colin Campbell “ARE questions about Alex Salmond really the most important issue just now” was a main page headline in the vile National yesterday. No, they certainly are not, particularly when they leave their heroine Queen Nicola writhing in embarrassment, or worse, when they’re being directed at her. She claimed this week to have forgotten about a meeting she had when she first heard … Continue reading What would body language experts make of the ‘I forgot’ Sturgeon we’ve never seen before?

Evening up the score with Angus ‘the ghoul’ Robertson

by Colin Campbell ANGUS “Counting the Dead” Robertson has written an article in the vile National explaining why “the dogs in the street can see Boris Johnson is bluffing” in his expressed determination to veto a second independence referendum. The problem was it, predictably, explained nothing. A dog’s dinner of a piece from the former SNP deputy leader was merely another compilation of hope, fantasy … Continue reading Evening up the score with Angus ‘the ghoul’ Robertson

City centre returns to nightly ghost town with inevitable pub closures, as Sturgeon and Leitch helplessly cast around for solutions

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS was effectively returned to virtual ghost town status at night following the announcement of new restrictions by Nicola Sturgeon yesterday. Under the new rules pubs, restaurants and cafes will not be allowed to serve alcohol indoors. They can only open between 6am and 6pm for food and non-alcoholic drinks. Licensed premises can continue to serve alcohol outdoors until the 10pm curfew … Continue reading City centre returns to nightly ghost town with inevitable pub closures, as Sturgeon and Leitch helplessly cast around for solutions

A virus second lockdown would be a hammer blow to hospitality industry workers in Inverness and the Highlands

by Colin Campbell THE boss of the Mercure hotel in Inverness city centre in a report summed up the post lockdown reaction to the number of visitors arriving in the Highland capital when he said he was delighted with the way things had gone. Fraser Peterkin had anticipated an occupancy rate of around 35 per cent as being a reasonable success. Instead, uptake of rooms … Continue reading A virus second lockdown would be a hammer blow to hospitality industry workers in Inverness and the Highlands

Delay after delay after delay leaves loathed, reviled, detested Gathering Place looking dead in the water

by Colin Campbell On July 13 we reported an update on the progress – or lack of it – in the Tilting Pier/Gathering Place saga. Under the headline Five Summers of sound and fury, and plans to ‘enhance’ the riverside have got nowhere, we said: “Any rational person would see it’s impossible for the council to start work on a £300,000 riverside ‘artwork’ development while … Continue reading Delay after delay after delay leaves loathed, reviled, detested Gathering Place looking dead in the water

Market closes after single case of virus: Inverness Leisure, also hit, stays open with panic-free response

by Colin Campbell TWO main centres in Inverness have been hit by the coronavirus and the response has been very different. The Victorian Market was closed “until further notice” on Monday after a virus case was linked to the site. Highland Council said the closure would be as short as possible while “deep cleaning” was carried out. Hours later a staff member at Inverness Leisure … Continue reading Market closes after single case of virus: Inverness Leisure, also hit, stays open with panic-free response

‘Bullying’ and ‘the bullied’: council is right to prevent individual complaints being aired in public

by Colin Campbell THERE’S been no shortage of negativity about Highland Council in recent times. And some of it has appeared, quite legitimately, here. But there are limits to how much flak should be directed at the local authority. And when they warn employees that they could face disciplinary action or even dismissal if they go to the media with claims about bullying that does … Continue reading ‘Bullying’ and ‘the bullied’: council is right to prevent individual complaints being aired in public

When Inverness last had 10pm pub closing, it was at temperance decree of civic fathers. Now virus calls the shots

by Colin Campbell THE 10pm curfew on pubs introduced on Friday meant for would-be revellers the city centre drinking night was over before it had properly begun. And because of the new restrictions in a generally quiet precinct it seemed many people did not venture out at all. By 9.30pm most bars had only a thin smattering of customers left nursing their drinks. And there … Continue reading When Inverness last had 10pm pub closing, it was at temperance decree of civic fathers. Now virus calls the shots

Hendry should not be exploiting the crisis to further independence cause

by Colin Campbell WE were forewarned at the beginning of the week and now we know the reality of Wednesday’s big announcements by Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon: a seismic reversal on the return to any kind of normality. The pubs will close early which will put the lights out in the city centre at nights and there now has to be serious doubts how … Continue reading Hendry should not be exploiting the crisis to further independence cause

So it’s bye, bye to the grandchildren but you can go and get drunk in the pub

by Colin Campbell SO it’s bye, bye to the grandchildren for the next three weeks, or six weeks, or six months, depending on what Nicola Sturgeon decrees. We can see you while standing out in the October rain for a few minutes if you stand in the house doorway. Maybe we’ll still be standing out in the November sleet or the December snow as well, … Continue reading So it’s bye, bye to the grandchildren but you can go and get drunk in the pub