The Glasgow Airport Rail Link, RIP

For our first unified political and non-political blogging roundup, the main story is the Glasgow Airport Rail Link, or rather the fact that there isn’t going to be one.

Jeffrey Breslin notes the opposition to the axing of the rail link. Neil Craig thinks a better rail link could be built for a lot less money — £20 million instead of £115 million.

Yousuf Hamid thinks it is Edinburgh favoritism:

Following on from the unfair capital supplement that Edinburgh were given despite marching figures it’s another example of Glasgow getting a raw deal. I will blog on Glasgow later but let’s be under no illusions. Yesterday’s decision on the rail link and the 1000 jobs that would have come with it was not about Westminster cuts but the Scottish Governments priorities. And here’s why.

But J Arthur MacNumpty points out that the Greens should welcome this:

Why are the Greens complaining? I’d have thought that given their hostility to air travel, far from making it easier to get to Glasgow Airport, they’d be campaigning for it to become the most inaccessible place in Scotland!

And Lallands Peat Worrier says the rhetoric being thrown around is a bit over the top:

I merely wanted to suggest that the reaction and vocabulary of political opposition must be coloured by the themes I meandered through above. Swinney Denies Anti-Glasgow Bias … Outrage as Swinney Swings his Budget Axe on Glasgow … Quoth Steven Purcell, it represented a “dagger in the heart of the city” … a “clear anti-Glasgow agenda”. While this may resonate with constituents with a particular interest, I’d be terrifically surprised if most of the population found the figure of a hard-done-by Glasgow terribly charismatic.

Moving on to other subjects, Colin Campbell has a rather pretty photograph of Gourock by twilight. On the subject of photos, here’s one of Port Charlotte lighthouse on Islay.

Big Rab is just as good at picking the lottery as Derren Brown.

On the subject of people called Brown, Jess The Dog reviews Dan Brown’s latest book, The Lost Symbol. The verdict:

Brown is a good writer [but] his books could be far better with a bit more effort.

Tom Harris is not a fan of Churchill insurance:

A few years later I made a mistake: I switched our home insurance to Churchill. As soon as this latest disaster happened, I phoned their helpline, to be told that no-one there could help (it was a Sunday night, after all) but that someone would call the next day. Sure enough, at quarter to nine the next morning, I received a call from a very young girl whose script in front of her told me that I was not covered for the damage to the ceiling – even before I had the chance to explain that I didn’t know the cause of the damage.

Caron talks about the Liberal Democrats’ Real Women policy paper — you know, the one that wants to ban airbrushed pictures of women in magazines:

The Debate was about the Real Women policy paper which has attracted widespread media attention. Its design has attracted a bit of criticism. Liberal Democrats are used to having their policies espoused in long, closely typed policy papers, set out in two columns, a bit like the Bible. This one is more like Bella, or Heat than that – but I think it’s good that we’ve produced something in a format that others might actually want to read. Jo Swinson herself suggested leaving spare copies in doctors’ surgeries or giving them to a friend to spread the word rather than helping your local authority meet its recycling target.

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