Along the Pentland Road, 25 May 2017

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Wednesday 16 December

Good morning from Stornoway, where the weather is dreich and drizzly. The sun does come through, giving rise to the odd rainbow or two.

A focus on roadsafety this week. Police in Scotland are given powers to impound the cars of drink drivers, where these are repeat offenders. The BBC has published a sobering map, showing road deaths across the UK. And proposals are mooted to lower the speedlimit in accident blackspots, from 60 mph to 50 mph or less. Speed tends to be a major contributing factor, but so does alcohol.

Talks are due to resume this afternoon, between British Airways management and the trades union Unite over the threatened 12-day walkout, due to start on December 22nd. The atmosphere is not very good, with accusations and counter-accusations flying back and forth. Legal action to stop the strike, based on BA's assertion that the ballot was not conducted legally, is also pursued today.

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