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Wednesday, 15/Oct/2008

Islay and the 'Credit Crunch' Revisited

Most of the reporting about the ‘Credit Crunch’ is about the big picture, the stock markets and how politics and the banks deal with it. That's one of the reasons why I had a stab at Islay and the 'Credit Crunch' last weekend. Good to see that there is other reporting about the impact of the crisis (and the economy in general) on Islay, Jura, Colonsay and other remote communities:

Russell Luckock of A E Harris & Co Ltd travelled to west coast of Scotland and wrote up his impressions for Sky News: Rural Scotland Mulls Over Economy. Unfortunately no video, at least none I could find. While most are very happy with their lives despite it not being an easy life there seem to be significant concerns about the future:

Yet nobody would swap their way of life. Some of the islanders only visit the mainland once a year, and are glad when they get back. However there was great concern about the next 12 to 24 months, especially with regard to pensions.

He also covers other related topics like ‘red tape’ and Scottish independence (although I'm not sure if he may be just spoke with the wrong people on the latter, I'm quite confident he'll find quite a few if he really looked for them). Very interesting to read his conclusion, too:

It was a fascinating journey, full of incredibly self-sufficient people and in a setting that very few get to see. Perhaps there are lessons to be learned for the city dwellers.

PS: Can somebody tell him it's Colonsay, not Colonsey?

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