How many ‘near misses’? (Dorothy Harcus)
The longer I live, the more convinced I become that politics is a dirty business.
I’m so mad at the SNP’s carry-on over our MP for starters.
Here, we don’t have too much to do with the Scotland mainland
There are obviously some unavoidable connections, like with NHS and Aberdeen who lose records, etc.
Even most of our young people prefer to go further afield to study than was the case in my generation
I have little doubt that Nicola Sturgeon made the comment that set all this off, and even if she did not, I’m as sure as I can be that she thought it. So what.
And now there’s going to be a witch hunt over a “near miss” at Kirkwall involving the ferry. I don’t ken what Tavish Scott’s nautical expertise amounts to, maybe a bit like mine in algebra or chemistry.
We live on an island and many of us are frequent travellers in all kinds of weather. Those of us of a certain age will have travelled in rickety old planes and ferries that have passed their sell-by date. How many near misses have we known?
Fair enough, I would not be amused to get a lapful of drink and broken glass, or be thrown about on a voyage, but these things happen
I mind one night, sailing from Kirkwall to Lerwick on the old St Rognvald with an infant to look after. It was a night of gales and somewhere on the trip she lost complete power. I grabbed my little bundle and made for the bridge, to learn that they were having to change a valve and all would be well. That could have been a really serious situation.
So I am going to suggest that certain armchair skippers “get a life”.
Every time we get into a car, a plane, a train or a ship, we are taking a risk, but we will just have to accept that or sit at wir ain fireside.