PM’S GOLDEN MOMENT AS HE CUTS DOWN STURGEON IN MID-SPEECH. HARDLINE IS HUGELY WELCOME. VILE NATIONAL SLIDES TOWARDS IRRELEVANCE, AND MAY NOT SURVIVE

by Colin Campbell THE Prime Minister’s golden moment when he ruled out another independence referendum before Nicola Sturgeon had even finished addressing her SNP party conference about why we “must and will” have one was an exquisite piece of timing. Presumably his rejection was not conveyed to her through an earpiece as she rambled on, although it was difficult to tell. Her glowering face has … Continue reading PM’S GOLDEN MOMENT AS HE CUTS DOWN STURGEON IN MID-SPEECH. HARDLINE IS HUGELY WELCOME. VILE NATIONAL SLIDES TOWARDS IRRELEVANCE, AND MAY NOT SURVIVE

Fergus Ewing’s office looks like a dump as he STILL refuses to meet constituents

by Colin Campbell FERGUS Ewing’s constituency office, which is generously smeared with seagull crap, has taken on the rundown appearance that gives Inverness city centre a bad name. The seagulls may be there quite often but it seems no one else is. I noticed it was closed a couple of months ago, which surprised me. And I see now it’s still closed. In fact it’s … Continue reading Fergus Ewing’s office looks like a dump as he STILL refuses to meet constituents

It just gets better…lying SNP’s leisure land of milk and honey

by Colin Campbell THE SNP are now dangling the possibility that after independence people in Scotland would only have to work a four day week. Sounds good, but where’s the catch? Why would anyone vote for change which would mean they’d earn less money? But according to the SNP they wouldn’t earn less money. Their wages and salaries would stay the same. The promised land … Continue reading It just gets better…lying SNP’s leisure land of milk and honey

As normality returns, the fear and shock impact of the virus has gone

by Colin Campbell ONE evening recently I was visiting the home of young relatives, and our conversation began with the news that the Inverness primary school child in the room had been sent home along with her other classmates because one of her fellow pupils had caught the coronavirus. Her mother had called into work and been advised to stay at home. The mum had … Continue reading As normality returns, the fear and shock impact of the virus has gone

How I tried to explain to a Chinese tourist that our ‘Great Wall’ will be unique in all the world

by Colin Campbell AS I had another look at the Gathering Place site on Sunday morning, I came across a Chinese visitor who asked me to use her camera to take a few photos of her standing by the Ness riverside with the islands in the background. After taking some pictures, Carol Chih, chatty and very quick on the uptake, waved a hand towards the … Continue reading How I tried to explain to a Chinese tourist that our ‘Great Wall’ will be unique in all the world

Simpering Patrick and shrill Canadian riding high as they bow down to Sturgeon

by Colin Campbell THE first political breakthrough the Green Party made in Scotland was the election of their first Scottish councillor, Roger Winter, from Nairn, who won a seat on the then Highland Regional Council in 1990. There was jubilation at the election count as his band of supporters hoisted their tousled, bearded hero shoulder high. And it was difficult not to share in their … Continue reading Simpering Patrick and shrill Canadian riding high as they bow down to Sturgeon

Panicky council leader claims virus is ‘almost unmanageable’

by Colin Campbell A PANICKY-sounding Margaret Davidson, leader of Highland Council, has expressed her concern at the developing Covid situation across the region. The rise in cases – that is, infections – leads her to assert the situation is not only bad, it’s “almost unmanageable”. At a time when cool heads and measured view are needed, that’s quite a claim from the council boss. She … Continue reading Panicky council leader claims virus is ‘almost unmanageable’

‘Academies’ plan for hospitality industry, served up with waffle and good intent

by Colin Campbell DON Lawson, owner of the Johnny Foxes pub in Inverness, has called for government action to help the staffing crisis-hit Highland hospitality industry recover from “a perfect storm”. He is demanding that the government help establish regional “hospitality academies” to woo young people into this vital part of the lucrative tourism sector. The University of the Highlands and Islands is said to … Continue reading ‘Academies’ plan for hospitality industry, served up with waffle and good intent

‘No lockdown’ Sturgeon finally listening rather than dictating

by Colin Campbell NICOLA Sturgeon has ruled out another lockdown despite the rising number of virus infections. At least she’s got something right. After 18 months maybe she’s finally become tired of issuing diktats over how we live every aspect of our daily lives. Or maybe even she realises that trying to reintroduce curbs and a new batch of restrictive rules and regulations would be … Continue reading ‘No lockdown’ Sturgeon finally listening rather than dictating

Off the scale: concerns over size and dominance of new riverside hotel

by Colin Campbell WHILE the Gathering Place fiasco remains a dominant issue at one prime point on the riverside, a mile-and-a-half downriver another potential object of criticism and controversy is taking shape. And it is massive. The new hotel being built on the site of former Inverness swimming baths at least has some obvious purpose, unlike the “unique wall artwork”. But how much approval it … Continue reading Off the scale: concerns over size and dominance of new riverside hotel