Mark’s Blog

Has social distancing been abandoned?

Midlothian has crowded pubs, shops, and roads, and the beaches were as busy as ever according to news and other reports, so what now for the second wave? Are over 50s being told to stay at home so the young can party as usual?

Where have all the bugs gone?

As I drove to Boness and back the other day, I did not need to clear my windscreen of any bugs at all, and there should have been plenty in the middle of summer. Has the overuse of pesticides wiped out everything, or is there some other reason? Maire has a photo of the broccoli in our garden, it’s perfect, unmarked, uneaten, and no sign of any caterpillars. Are we supposed to accept this as “Normal”?

Does Scotland need a SpacePort?

With £9.8m from Highlands and Islands Enterprise, £1m from the North Uist Council and £2.5m from the UK Space Agency – all tax payers’ money – we ask whether this is sensible expenditure. And St Kilda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be in line of fire with air and noise pollution with inevitable reduction in a thriving ecotourism industry.

Come and hear Hannah Barrett talk with us on this issue. ‘Us’ being members of Midlothian Green Party and anyone else who is concerned about this project.

When: Thursday 8th Aug at 19:00

Where: Loanhead Library, George Ave, Loanhead, EH20 9LA