Am Bratach No. 233
HEADLINE OF THE MONTH
Gaddafi sets stage foer violent showdown Grauniad
website, February 23.
CALL FOR EQUALITY
Were talking about an event, of may be 100 years or more
ago, that took place in the North West Highlands, not a millions
miles from Stoer. Poor lassie, she wasnt quite right and
was up before the elders after promising the world a bonnie baby,
outside of marriage, at that time a rare falling from grace.
The elders, all of the male persuasion and anxious that such
an event should not occur again, tiptoed round the subject for
a while before one stern gent, tired of beating about the bush,
demanded in the language of the Garden of Eden: Why didnt
you shout out? Why didnt he shout himself?
rejoined the young mother-to-be.
THE PARADE OF BLEEDING STUMPS
The idea is that whenever cuts in a department are demanded
by elected ministers, civil service bureaucrats respond by ignoring
the many cases of waste, inefficiency, or general uselessness
in the department, and instead tell the minister that the only
way to cut spending is to axe necessary or politically important
services and initiatives. Adam Shaw, in the American
ADVICE TO COONSIL
Go pay your chiefs a salary in line with the rest of us
and apply the savings internally. Get some councillors who can
string some words together and dont need a press office
to be coherent and scrap that department. Andrew
MacDonald, Inverness, online petitioner campaigning against the
closure of the Plockton High School National Centre of Excellence
in Traditional Music.
MORE ADVICE TO COONSIL
Closure would strike at the heart of a whole generation
of culture: better we drive on potholed roads than sacrifice
the futures of our youngsters. Nick Reiter, Lochcarron,
online petitioner campaigning against the closure of Plockton
Highs National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music.
AS YE SOW, SO SHALL YE REAP
Tavish Scotts question to the First Minister was
a green light for the Highland Council to close the [Plockton
music] school, by trying to shift responsibility to the Scottish
Government, railed Highland nationalist MSP Rob Gibson
in a press release on February 10. Indeed after Education
Minister Mike Russell indicated (last week) that he would be
happy to discuss the matter with Highland Council there has been
no indication that the Council tried to discuss the matter with
him. The Council will have to explain to many musicians around
the Highlands and islands why they chose to abandon them.
But Rob had overlooked something:
his own (ruling) partys machinations to get local authorities
to toe the line and freeze the council tax when they took power
in 2007. The so-called Concordat between the government and councils
had freed the latter from government ring-fencing of specific
budgets, like the £317,000 sum allocated to Highland Council
to keep the Plockton music school in business. So the LibDem-Labour
council administration, on the morning when one petition website
alone had just recorded the 9,000th signature opposing the cut,
exercised their new found freedom, and decided to axe the annual
grant to Plockton High School National Centre of Excellence in
Traditional Music. Long live local democracy!
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