West Dunbartonshire Council is not just a basket case, it’s a very large shopping trolley whose wheels are stuck and won’t move forward. … More ACCOUNTS COMMISSION REPORT SHOWS COUNCIL IS SKINT
I have had more contact with the NHS over the past year than desirable though there is nothing like first-hand experience to provide insights, writes Brian Wilson. Having suffered from apparently random ailments and felt generally rotten for a few months, I was referred to hospital in Stornoway. There, I experienced a stroke of good fortune (and excellent care). … More THE BRIAN WILSON COLUMN
There are, however, other factors going on at Tarbet. The LLTNPA’s land, where the newly upgraded parking area, cafe and chemical disposal point are located, has been included in Moulsdale Properties new development proposals for Tarbet (see here). The LLTNPA Board should have discussed whether they would agree to allow public land to be used by a private developer BEFORE any new investment in their property went ahead. By failing to do so the LLTNPA appears once again – as they did with Flamingo Land (see here) – to be putting the interests of private developers before the public interest. … More LOO LOMONDSIDE: SPENDING A PENNY FOR PRIVATE ENTERPRISE?
There was a double celebration for NHSGGC staff in the New Year Honours – with a doctor and a nurse both scooping an MBE. … More DOCTOR AND NURSE IN THE HONOURS LIST
The Scottish and UK governments have no idea how much peat has been dug from the ground for commercial purposes and sold in garden centres, despite both administrations viewing the preservation of peatlands as a priority to combat the climate crisis. … More GROUPS CALL FOR END TO COMMERCIAL PEAT DIGGING
The Trial of Christine Keeler (BBC Two, Sunday, 9pm), its latest telling, begins with a disclaimer, admitting some details have been altered for dramatic effect, before adding, in a gossipy aside, “But mainly, you couldn’t make it up.” … More DREADFUL OVERWRITING DOES NOT SPELL CONFIDENCE IN KEELER STORY