This observer cannot help but think that the public sector unions are walking into a trap in the same way as the miners did back in the mid-eighties. Could Cameron set aboot them in the same way that Margaret Thatcher destroyed the NUM as an industrial force? Could it be that some sections of the Tory party will be delighted that a fight with the unions will take peoples' minds away from other issues?
One can understand the emotion around changes to pensions etc but again it might be suggested that some local government employees (such as many teachers) earn salaries that many people in Nairn can only dream of. Have the unions picked the wrong time to make a stand with so many people in less fortunate circumstances suffering too? Have your say in the Gurn poll in the sidebar.
The BBC is reporting all schools in the Highland area being closed today and it seems that way across Nairn this morning. The service point at the Courthouse was closed too but the library (now run by an arm's length organisation) was open. The gates at Nairn Academy were still open even if no teaching was taking place today however. There were over a dozen private cars in the car park and some vehicles belonging to workmen who can be seen wearing white protective clothing in the second picture below.