“If we get rid of our Trident Nuclear Activities, surely every other country in the world should do the same?”
This quote definitely made me wonder. I have often expressed my views about Trident in Scotland, but I have never really thought about what would actually happen if Trident no longer existed. Yes, the billions of pounds being spent on it could be spent elsewhere. The “Bairns not Bombs” referendum campaign springs to mind, but would that mean that Scotland and the UK could become a ‘vulnerable’ country, in the eyes of not just terrorist organisations, but to other countries as well? Why do we have nuclear weapons that could blow up most of the land on this earth? Russia have just started firing missiles into Syria, from ships in the sea almost 1000 miles away. What are their nuclear weapons like? What are ours like? It does make you wonder.
Leading on from the renewal of Trident, the debate about whether or not the Torpedo Testing Range based in Applecross should be extended is ongoing. If the plans go ahead you will no longer be able to take a boat up the sound between Applecross and Rona out into the Minch. This will affect so many boating activities from fishermen to pleasure boats. The whole plan is uneasy, why have there not been more public meetings with the whole community?
It is good to finally see some work being done on our local roads. The improvements being made to the Achintraid junction will make that stretch of road a lot safer for pedestrians and other road users. And it looks like the top of the Kishorn Hill is being double tracked as well with deep excavation works ongoing, the new road marked out with wooden posts. The work is great. The winter grit supply has also been delivered to the local depots, I’ve heard that this winter is going to be a bad one. But then again, they seem to say that every year!
Lots of people have noticed an increase in shipping activity in the loch. The main ships are usually the Ferguson Transport boats. The biggest boat, “Harvest Caroline” and the two landing crafts “Harvest Ann” and the “Carly” are regulars! The newest ship in the loch, Calmac’s MV Loch Bhrusda, is apparently, going to be moored in Kishorn permanently over the summer months. Her main role as small relief ferry has seen her serve Raasay, the Small Isles and Western Isles in the time she has been moored at Kishorn.
Amid the Syrian refugee crisis Scotland, the smaller country, shows its true Scottish spirit, reaching out to help others. It was suggested that anyone with a vacant second home could offer that house to the refugees. If you own a second home, not just in Scotland but anywhere in the UK maybe you could offer it to help the refugees. We take for granted what we have, I know I do sometimes. That’s why its important to help when we can.
The first refugees are soon to arrive in Scotland, maybe we can lead the way in showing what a true Scottish helping hand looks like, to people inside our border and out.
RJM – Please note that the views in this blog are of my own opinion, and not the opinions expressed by Kishorn Online.