At Random – 29.4.21

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Spectacular effort

People who know me and regular readers of this commentary will be aware of the enormously high regard I have for all our emergency services. They are, frankly, incredible and we are all the beneficiaries of their efforts.

Indeed, I have felt moved to heap praise on our public heroes in the past, perhaps particularly the RNLI as the lifeboat crews are almost all volunteers who put their lives on the line with such regularity and with no expectation of reward.

In recent days, however, I have been in awe of our firefighters, who toiled magnificently for around 15 hours to make sure a spectacular wildfire in the Pennyfuir area behind Oban posed no threat to public safety. Teams from all over the region – including, yes, volunteers – battled the blaze under extremely difficult conditions.

It is important, however, to stress the appeal from firefighters for people to behave with caution when out and about.

We have had a fair bit of fine weather recently – and restrictions on our movements have been eased – so there is a significantly increased risk of wildfires with many more people enjoying the great outdoors.

Let’s all thank our emergency services again, and do our best to make their lives less difficult.

Killer is a chancer

I remember well being horrified back in 2017 by the evidence recalled of events that led to the death of Mull vet Theresa Wade during the sentencing of drink driver Thomas Wainwright,

The killer was given a 12-year sentence for his appalling behaviour, which cost Theresa her life in the tragic and dreadful accident on Mull in 2015.
Wainwright appealed to the Court of Session in Edinburgh for permission to be transferred to a prison in France to complete his term.

Given the chance, I would increase his sentence to 25 years and make his miserable life as unpleasant as possible.

He is a horror story of a human being and the Court of Session was quite right to treat this chancer as it did.

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