COLQUHOUNS WIN BATTLE WITH SCOTTISH HERITAGE

SNH apologises for killing 300 beech trees on Inchtavannach Island Scottish Natural Heritage will now pay to remove the fallen trees. Picture by Mary Jack The Colquhouns of Luss have won yet another battle on Loch Lomondside. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has apologised to the ancient clan for killing more than 300 mature beech trees … More COLQUHOUNS WIN BATTLE WITH SCOTTISH HERITAGE

MOVEMBER STASH REACHES £4,000. WILKIE OR WON’T HE SHAVE IT OFF?

Hi everyone, Final photo – I know –  at least the torture is over.  Thanks for all your donations.  We topped £4000.  You can still donate I if you haven’t already – go to the link below – click on my profile. In any case, it has been very worthwhile – apart from the money raised we have raised awareness which is at least as important.  Thanks again,  William Wilkie, Optician.  https://moteam.co/the-good-coffee-cartel?mc=1More MOVEMBER STASH REACHES £4,000. WILKIE OR WON’T HE SHAVE IT OFF?

CHRISTMAS TREE GOES UP IN RENTON

When the SNP’s Scrooge Council leader Jonathan McColl decided that they couldn’t afford to give Renton a Christmas tree last year while he and his colleagues were squandering a £5 million overspend on a heating scheme for Clydebank and throwing good money after bad at misguided grass cutting schemes and other madness, Craigandro football club stepped into the breech. The village  club and contractor CPR did the necessary again this week and made a great job of putting this year’s tree up. Cllr McColl may have a beard but that’s the only thing he shares with Santa Claus. Bill Heaney … More CHRISTMAS TREE GOES UP IN RENTON

HAT’S THE WAY NOT TO DO IT, LORD PROVOST

The payback figure was released following a Freedom of Information request. Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander resigns after expenses row
Lord provost claimed 23 pairs of shoes on expenses. An agreement with the council means she will not have to publish an itemised list of what the repayments are for. When details of her expense claims first emerged, Ms Bolander committed to repay some of the money. She eventually resigned in October, saying that while her spending was “within the rules”, she “apologised unreservedly”. … More HAT’S THE WAY NOT TO DO IT, LORD PROVOST

NUKES PROGRAMME ‘FULLY ACCOUNTABLE,’ SAYS MoD

The Scottish National Party (SNP) and campaigners agree with ONR and are calling on the MoD to release the reports, which have previously revealed “regulatory risks” 86 times at Clyde nuclear bases and elsewhere over ten years. The MoD insists, however, that its nuclear programme is “fully accountable”. … More NUKES PROGRAMME ‘FULLY ACCOUNTABLE,’ SAYS MoD

DON ROBERTO AND ME

I was taken to task over my last post for not being sufficiently critical of the SNP. The reader pointed to specific policy shortcomings in investment and taxation, health and education—all of which, he added, are given a free pass because of the ‘indolence of journalists and incompetence of opposition parties’. It’s hard to argue with that. The SNP’s record over twelve years in government does not lack poor-decision making, missed opportunities, wasted spending and poverty of vision. It would be extraordinary if it did. Running a country in the 21st century is a massively complicated business.  The absence of forensic holding-to-account is also a problem, one that in part reflects the nature of enquiry in this high speed, digital, fake news age. Criticism is  essential, and it carries most weight when offered by someone occupying, as my reader did, ‘a broadly supportive position’.  … More DON ROBERTO AND ME

PRESS AWARDS OPEN NEXT WEEK …

The Press Awards are open to any work published in print, website, online, mobile, video, audio or any other news delivery format in any UK national newspaper or any news website or platform covering UK national news during 2019. Details of how to enter can be found on our website from Monday, where we will be revealing the new categories for this year.  Save the date!  The awards will be held on Thursday 2 April 2020, again at the five star Royal Lancaster hotel in London. The awards are organised on behalf of the industry by the Society of Editors.  L … More PRESS AWARDS OPEN NEXT WEEK …

MINOR INJURIES UNIT TO OPEN IN DECEMBER

Anne Harkness, Director, South Sector, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said:  “We’re absolutely committed to making changes to our services to ensure patients are seen as quickly as possible. This temporary MIU facility is just one of the ways we’re helping reduce pressure on our Emergency Department. Winter is the busiest time of the year for our services, and it’s really important we have the facilities in place to help manage the flow of patients with minor injuries. As part of this initiative, all of the appropriate planning has taken place to ensure minimal disruption to ongoing services at the hospital throughout the installation and operation of the MIU.” 
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DRIP, DRIP OF DIRTY WATER LEAKS DEATHS DAMAGES SNP

In the Scottish Parliament, Mr Sarwar said that he had seen figures which suggest there were 50 cases of infections at the Royal Children’s Hospital – part of the £842m QEUH campus – between 2015 and 2018, and a further 15 unconfirmed cases so far this year. The mother of 10-year-old Milly Main has previously said she was “100%” certain contaminated water caused her daughter’s fatal infection after treatment for leukaemia in August 2017. NHSGGC insisted it was impossible to determine the source of Milly’s infection, and those of other children, because there was no requirement to test the water supply at the time. … More DRIP, DRIP OF DIRTY WATER LEAKS DEATHS DAMAGES SNP