Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Post Offices and lifestyles.

The Gurn makes no secret that it is a loony-green perhaps left, nationalist leaning piece of irreverence that sometimes enjoys the right-wing libertarianism of the likes of Guido
Well in the post-Thatcher world it is hard for anyone to define themselves politically, it has to be admitted that we live in a new paradigm where most politicians look the same and the planet still seems to be dying despite lots of those politicians talking around the subject and flying off to conferences on the subject as frequently as the rest of the population jump on package holidays. 
Anyway, the editorial posistion clarified, or further mystified, the Gurn has noticed that a clash of thoughts over post-offices and dare we say lifestyles has surfaced in the comments of a previous article. We publish them again in their own right for your attention, that is the half-dozen or so regulars and the others that get here by mistake, putting in such searches into google as 'somerfield up for sale'.  Maybe others might want to make comments on the comments.  Cheers

Bill said...

Guilty as charged - I often drive up the Brae, to try and get a parking spot there or in the High Street, usually to visit either the healthfood shop at the foot of the brae, the flower shop in the High Street or the butcher (Brown). On the other hand, if the parking improves when the Somerfield/old Community Centre is redeveloped then I personally wouldn't mind the lost of a through route up the Brae.

As for the Harbour Street PO, I have passed it often, but never crossed the thresh-hold. I use the main PO at the other end of the High Street. As for your idea that we should run any kind of boondoggle business at a loss as a 'public service', I disagree - if it was providing a service for a significant number of people it wouldn't be running at a loss as it apparently is. I want to see less government, not more, and lower taxes - not subsidies for every special interest group in the country.

iright said...


so if I want to buy a stamp at my local Harbour Street Post Office I am a 'special interest group'? But maybe I could just drive everywhere as Bill does?

Under Bill's brave new world I hope my house never catches fire (Fire Brigade - loss makers), I never need the Police (Loss makers), my boat never founders (Lifeboats - loss makers).
If air fuel was taxed airlines would be loss makers, and indeed if fuel for vehicles was taxed as it should be Bill too would be at a loss!
Bill stand for government ASAP. There are just so many loss making organisations you could close (Government?!)

Bill said...

Well, dear 'iright' (and I'm sure that can't be your real name - why not?????) if I thought people would vote for my sensible ideas I'd certainly stand! Of course what people prefer are the easy options without thinking of the long-term implications - that's why we've got the crazy governments we have in both London and Edinburgh - and in the case of Edinburgh that applies to pre-/post-May 2007!

I don't in fact drive everywhere in Nairn as I live pretty close to the centre, but it strikes me that a lot of people in Nairn would really rather stop the world and get off - look where this short-termism has got the town with the attitudes displayed toward efforts over many years to redevelop the town centre, something that is very badly needed. As for the Harbour Street PO I have passed it many times, but never been into it; it would appear I am not alone otherwise it would be a thriving business. I make no apology for saying I want lower tazes, smaller government and people do do a lot more for themselves. Yes, there are a LOT of services currently provided by the state that I would wish to see curtailed or abolished and that people could pay for themselves if taxes weren't so high and, more importantly, poorly spent. Having the state do everything is NOT the most efficient way of doing things - just look at the former Soviet UNion or any other formerly-communist country in Eastern Europe.

Finally, 'iright', have a great day!

1 comment:

Bill said...

How amusing - I expect I will be the 'leper of the parish' in certain quarters ;)