Re­gen­er­a­tion via books and a bridge

Campbeltown Courier - - YOUR VIEWS -

A cou­ple of con­cepts re­vived again this week may help re­gen­er­a­tion in the west. Scot­land has so many cul­tural and trade links to Ire­land it is amaz­ing a bridge has not been built. It is pos­si­ble to travel 972 miles from Stock­holm to Brus­sels with­out ever us­ing a ferry. Yet the only link from Scot­land – north of Cairn­ryan, which it­self is not on a mo­tor­way – to Ire­land, is via a 12-per­son, Kin­tyre Ex­press RIB from Camp­bel­town. The con­trast could not be more stark. The two great na­tions are sep­a­rated by a chan­nel 14 miles wide with no road trans­port leav­ing a choice be­tween fly­ing or trav­el­ling on a su­per-size speed­boat. Book fes­ti­vals are spring­ing up in many Ar­gyll places yet Kin­tyre, which has a rich literary tra­di­tion, is the poor re­la­tion. That may change if there is a will to cre­ate and run a MOK Book or sim­i­lar. The Malts Fes­ti­val has be­come well es­tab­lished. Per­haps it would be good to nurse a dram and dis­cuss a good book – and it is more likely than a £20 bil­lion bridge.

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