Photo 01 - another dreadful day!
Time to think!
A couple of boat hires today but due to the weather the loch keeper Keith had declared the loch unsafe for boats so the hires had to be cancelled. However this led to another problem in that none of the two engines were operating in a satisfactory manner. Our Mariner whilst operating in a satisfactory manner using the built in tank would not work when connected to the hulk tank. Our Hidea engine was spluttering and really looked bashed and bruised.
So instead of fishing it was fix the motors time. Our Hidea just shows how much punishment our engines are given with two broken handles, a broken clutch on the propeller, a broken lever on the boat attaching mechanism and scuffs and scrapes all over her. It’s sobering to take a long hard look and see just how much these engines are costing us!
We provided these engines as a service to our anglers to allow them to more fully explore the loch and we did not expect to make any money from this venture. In fact instead of making money we are losing money in spite of the fact that we carry out most of the repairs in house to cut down costs! This of course exposes another problem in that whoever takes on the repair gives up on a day’s fishing!
Now the question here is whether or not it is acceptable to ask our members to give up their time fixing what is broken by other anglers. This also applies to the servicing of these machines which needs to be done every year. We also need to ask if having these engines benefits the club at all and if we need the engines how many do we need! Are two functioning engines enough or do we need a reserve.
Having the engines undoubtedly brings anglers to the lochs and provides a small amount of income for our loch keeper but they can also be a millstone around our necks as the damage incurred costs us significant monies! Yes it’s a recurring topic and yesterday a few views were made known and since these are cost incurring a committee meeting will have to be called to discuss where we go from here!
By the end of the day both engines were running in a satisfactory fashion which is very good news indeed. Some thinking to be done then!
Photo 02 - Can we withstand a £110 replacement when the propeller is grounded?
The wider world in my view!
People of worth!
On Friday I had the pleasure of attending a graduation ceremony for disabled people and it was an experience that will live in me as long as I remain on this earth! These were people that in days gone by would have been subject to all manner of harsh, brutal and ludicrous treatment which is to our discredit! I had thought progress was being made but as you will see all the good work has unravelled!
Up until the unfortunate arrival of the Con-Dems conditions and prospects for these people were increasing giving them independence, self worth and aspiration for the future! With the arrival of the Con-Dems however things took several turns for the worse putting at risk all that had been gained up to that point.
For some of these people the simplest of tasks is a mountain to climb yet given the necessary support and encouragement they succeed! They attain the ability to carry out work as well as many able bodied people. Of course there is a cost to such training and education, a cost that was being met by the administration in office prior to the arrival of the Con-Dems!
We should all ask ourselves why it is that we are once again reducing the worth of these people. Surely they deserve the same chances as able bodied people! Most reasonable people would agree with what has been said yet under this brutal Tory government (a loose interpretation of the word) these people are once again being penalised and hobbled preventing them from attaining their true potential!
What kind of administration picks on the very weakest in our society using the resources gained to meet their own political ends Only the Tories could perpetrate such crimes blinded by all excepting the pursuit of profit! Disabled people are people of great worth and as such deserve every chance in life in order to exploit their true potential just like any other individual!
As I watched them one by one going up and collecting their certificates with happiness, pride and a smile as wide as Nicola Sturgeons lead in the polls I also felt proud for each and every one of them. Some may have attained goals that able bodied people would describe as modest, but to each individual it was a personal mountain to be climbed, and signified that each had performed to the very limit of their abilities! It makes you feel humble to see what obstacles these people have overcome.
However I couldn’t help thinking what happens next! The labour government in the past had set up a manufacturing facility called Remploy who catered specifically for disabled people allowing a slower pace of work but nevertheless producing top quality products. Of course that has now gone binned by the Con-Dems as being a waste of resources, more importantly it put thousands of disabled people on the dole the majority of who are unemployed to this day! Now many disabled people have no real future, no chance of a job, nothing that will give fulfilment!
So what is the future for such people? The answer of course is that there is no future at this time!only a change of government will change their fortunes. Once again thanks to the devoid of compassion Tories these people are being made invisible their chance to lead a fulfilling life taken away and any aspirations they had crushed!
Yes I felt privileged to attend the ceremony for the students and the staff who gave so much of their time and patience honing the skills of the students to make them the best they can be! Undoubtedly a few will get jobs in mainstream employment but many will be left to vegetate! This is the real life scenario that comes from a Tory government the weak and disabled just brushed into a corner and forgotten about! This is why well rounded individuals with a conscience are never Tories, Whatever your choice of vote in the coming election, think carefully before voting for a Tory!
The leader’s debate!
Many of you will have watched the debate on Thursday evening as I did and hopefully you enjoyed it as much as I did! It was not difficult to pick a winner or to identify the losers. Here is my interpretation of what took place –
Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) - although by no means was this her best performance, even in a lower gear she trounced the opposition with her clear policies and visions for the future! Verdict – low key performance but still enough to quash all comers, will improve greatly!
Kezia Dugdale (Labour) - showed a marked resurgence with a vibrant questioning of all her opponents. Astounding performance when compared to past leaders Gray and Lamont. Good social policies with clear pointers about where money would be raised. Verdict – Good performance watch her improve over the next weeks!
Patrick Harvey (Greens) – a polished performance from the left winger that will only get better. Youngsters are flocking to them in droves keen to push green issues to the fore.
Willie Rennie (Puppets) – unfortunately for him no one was listening, ever since Puppet Clegg got into bed with the Tories and ditched their promise on tuition fees no one believes a word they say! Will probably end up languishing in the gutter where they belong!
Complete and utter duds!
David Cockburn (UKIP) – Couldn’t formulate an opinion on him since he seems only to utter irrelevant phrases as opposed to thought out words, no hopers fit only for the trash can!
Ruth Davidson (Tory) – crass performance from the Borg queen, appeared to be the whipping boy for all other parties the audience and the show’s host. Embarrassed by the studio audience several times she was shown for what she is, another rank Tory! Found to be a liar when she said she questioned Westminster over their attack on the disabled! One young disabled lady gave her a right going over and she had no reply, She is not the new Tory party just the Scottish arm of Lord Snooty et al. A fool and a charlatan not fit to receive the vote of anyone other than huge landowners!
So there you have it there will I am sure be many more opportunities to hear your choice speak.