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Stornoway Here I Come!

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GulberwickWeather

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So thats it confirmed, I and a colleague will be travelling to Stornoway next week to give evidence before the Transport Select Committee about the current plans for HM Coastguard.

Its quite a responsibility but one that I'm actually quite looking forward to. It's not often you get the chance to represent your colleagues at such a vital moment and I shall do my level best to do what I can to dissuade the Govt/MCA from embarking upon what I and my colleagues regard as a flawed and dangerous course.

Thats one of the major problems though. Their proposals have not involved asking us, the professionals who do this job day-in day-out for our expert opinion. They have been dreamt up by a management team who, apart from 1 person, have absolutely NO OPERATIONAL COASTGUARD EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER! The only one who does, it was some years ago that he last worked in an operational environment. How can people like that possibly decide what is operationally safe? Furthermore, most of them have come from a "corporate" background and have no previous public sector experience or indeed any background in an emergency service!
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