The Future of Brodick Castle

Written by Kenneth Gibson, MSP On 11 May, the National Trust for Scotland (NTS), the country’s largest and oldest conservation charity, announced a series of emergency actions designed to ensure its survival during the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. Unfortunately, this announcement included placing 429 staff from its permanent workforce of 751 at risk of …

So what happens next? Arran and the Pandemic

So What Happens Next? Arran and the Pandemic By Sally Campbell Arran residents, especially the parents of the diaspora of Arranites, especially of those younger generation, who are all around the world…Australia, New Zealand, China, America, Europe, are known for their travelling…nothing better than to head off after a busy season or in the depth …

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change the Earth’s trajectory

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change Earth’s trajectory. Originally published in The Conversation, May 19, 2020 The numbers of people cycling and walking in public spaces during COVID-19 has skyrocketed. Cities from Bogota to Berlin and Vancouver have expanded bike lanes and public paths to accommodate the extra cycling …

£75 million boost for Scottish universities

Local MSP, Kenneth Gibson, reports on the £75 million  boost for Scottish universities announced by the Scottish government to help with their recovery after Covid-19. The COVID-19 crisis has had a huge impact on people, institutions and society. Scottish university income has been significantly affected by the pandemic, particularly the loss of international student income, …

Facemasks for Arran: A personal essay

Facemasks for Arran: A Personal Essay by Barb Taub Our group of local volunteers, Facemasks for Arran, has made and distributed over 500 free facemasks for Arran residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. But we still hear the question: “Why should I wear a facemask?” A cloth facemask will slow down or trap airborne respiratory particles …

Our unsung key workers

OUR UNSUNG KEY WORKERS By Patricia Gibson, MP for Ayrshire and Arran The coronavirus outbreak has caused a sudden and drastic change to all our lives, throwing sharply into focus the critical importance of our public services, as well as the fragility of our economy and importance of the many occupations we rely on to …