The Skye Bridge `Toll' Story,
This review is from: The Skye Bridge Story: Multi-national Interests and People Power (Hardcover)This book may have been misnamed to a degree, as the first two reviewers have stated, as it is about the fight against the bridge toll rather than about the full story of the bridge itself but the subtitle `multi-national interests and people power' does give an indication that it is more about the community struggle that arose because the powers-that-be insisted on using international finance rather than public money to fund the much needed bridge.
The book is refreshingly honest and frank from start to finish. The author Andy Anderson became a key player in the community fight against the tolls and he makes no bones about pointing out their own failings as well as giving due credit where credit is due. He explains how the community resistance evolved organically into SKAT (Skye and Kyle Against Tolls) and then details their trials and tribulations both political and legal, which included an entertaining stay at Her Majesty's pleasure for the author himself. He also does an excellent job of exposing some of the disgraceful scheming and machinations of the political and judicial authorities in their attempts to silence the community and cover-up the truth about the financing of the bridge and legislation used to support it and thwart those who opposed it.
There is much to be learned by community activists in reading this brilliant book and overall it is a tremendously positive read that includes a great deal of humour. There are unanswered questions, but that's because the tolls were removed by a new Scottish Government before all these questions were answered, but at the end of the day the campaign was a success and the tolls removed earlier than planned.
The book is also bilingual, with the left-hand page in Gaelic and the right-hand page duplicating the author's words in English, which works really well for those who are not totally fluent in Gaelic as it allows you to read parts you are not familiar with in English and not have to go hunting pages away to find what you are looking for, as you do in some bilingual books.