Pressure vents on car deck

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If anyone isn’t feeling under pressure, they’re probably a billionaire hermit.

For the rest, who have not been living in a lair, pressures have been piling up.

Our pages are filled with them every week. Rising food, fuel and energy bills. A lack of affordable homes. Disrupted ferries, trains. You can add your own gripe here.

We haven’t seen the worst yet. The council is facing cuts or ‘eye-watering’ tax hikes soon.

The pressure just keeps building. Will it ‘pop’ and, if so, when and where?

Tensions are already erupting, notably on the car deck of CalMac ferries.

Here a limited resource – space – is more and more in demand, as visitor numbers grow, leaving little room for locals who rely on the lifeline service.

Tensions are also erupting up driveways. Again a limited resource – houses – are becoming scarcer, as more are bought up for holiday homes and lets, leaving little room for locals.

Our front page story brings together these two pressure points. Around 40 per cent of Tiree’s houses are now second homes and islanders find it difficult to travel in peak season when they need to.

Where will the next vent form and what change will it forge?