And interesting reading it makes too.
Raising more questions than answers; and some serious questions too.
(Journalists: at this point stop! Unless you mention the blog in your 'exclusive' reports*)
According to the WHFP this week, the tender for Mallaig-Lochboisdale would cost only £600,000 extra to deliver. Wrong! But the question is who gave them this wrong information?
The tentacles stretching from CalMac to the Government seem to be rotten, and the questions must focus on who is misleading whom. And why?
The truth that will be out next week is that the non-compliant tender relates to a proposal included in the tender document (for a mere £600,000 pa extra ) to change the Oban-Castlebay-Lochboisdale service to become a Mallaig-Lochboisdale-Castlebay service.
This was non-compliant because no consultation had taken place with any of the affected communities in breach of every guideline covering CalMac's operations.
I understand that this was CalMac's response to the call from the previous administration for a Mallaig-Lochboisdale service, and when the impact was realised, the request was dropped like a hot potato.
But CalMac brought it back, despite being told it was unacceptable, obviously in the hope of getting the Civil Servants on board (no pun intended) for a politically unacceptable plan.
What is incomprehensible is that the Minister has not been open about this, and why CalMac have found it necessary to spin left, right and centre on this matter.
Unfortunately, this also raises a more local question: when did the Convener of the Comhairle know about this?
It is clear that CalMac cannot be trusted to deliver for the people of the Western Isles, as they are playing a political game aimed towards Edinburgh, and treated the people of these islands as third-class (steerage?).
The solution is surely to put Mallaig-Lochboisdale out to open tender, and leave Oban-Castlebay under CalMac control.
*Especially the Gazette who download files and then ignore the source!