Comment posted Council Elections: The count by newsroom.
We will publish an article on some of these issues later this evening.
The election is also not fully over yet. The Dunoon contest had to be postponed because of the recent death of Councillor Alister McAlistrer, who was due to stabnd in Dunoon.
That vote is being held on Thursday 10th May and Dick Walsh is one of the candidates. The overall picture will not be clear until that ward election is completed.
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- Sorry Paula. That is flatly incorrect and you cannot therefore have any evidence for it whatsoever.
In our entire lifespan we have blocked fewer than 10 comments – and that’s allowing for memory loss. They have been blocked because they were fully actionable, scatological or smearing for political advantage.
We have also banned one person permanently because he persisted in clear libel in what was clearly a personal obsession that had nothing to do with anyone else.
We sin-binned another for a period for an instance of outrageously poisonous manipulation.
If anything, we should arguably have blocked a lot more comments, not in our own interests – it is patently obvious that we let anyone say what they like about us – but to offer more protection to some individuals than we have done.
We have perhaps been overly tolerant in such cases because we prefer contributors to self-edit in the interests of observing a basic standard of civility and we believe that most people will do so.
- Thank you. It can, of course, be added at any time.
- All that we can think of here is that any comment you are aware of as unpublished may have been written without the ‘Post comment’ button being properly activated.
Two of us have been sharing the monitoring of comments over the life of this article and neither of us has blocked a single comment – something we have almost never had to do.
- Simon – just lose the blinkers and read what’s being said. There was no suggestion that there is anything wrong with ‘urban based’ anythings.
This was a serious response to your comment. It’s important to try the ‘what ifs?’ What if this is a serious matter and not a squib?
If it wasn’t a serious point but merely another squib through our letter box, then there is no use trying to engage. Email your address and we’ll send you a box of Bengal matches to play with.
- And we don’t bother so much here about the state Iraq has been left in by our illegal intervention.
It’s a matter of scale, Simon but it’s the same thing.
We have all to try to understand the condition of the other.
If one is a townie or a teuchter – to use the pejoratives for both – one cannot ‘know’ what it is to be the other; but one can ask, discover and intuit.
The problem with the school closures was driven, in part, by the phenomenon you identify: urban-based councillors adopting a position on rurality with no experience or understanding of rural communities, the way they work and they way they can fail.
It was the complacent assumption that a position of ignorance was somehow a qualification for superior wisdom that was the can of petrol in this inflammation.
In this case, as you rightly say, the people of Helensburgh didn’t and don’t think rural schools lke Luss and Kilcreggan matter much. Campbeltown cared as much for Southend; Oban for Barcaldine; Rothesay for North Bute; and Dunoon for Toward.
Why should they. It’s not their experience.
But that cannot be the basis for deciding, uninformed, on other people’s lives – or for ganging up on them.
Yet each of these places unknown to townsfolk is a rich and individual culture, a living organism that keeps alive much of the country. If these places die, then alternative means and values for living die too.
It’s not straightforward but it matters.
Recent comments by newsroom
- Insights for Argyll and the Isles in CalMac’s annual carrying figures
We too were certain there would be more intelligent service schedule this year and are as disappointed as you are – angry even, at the wasted opportunity.
We do not know with whom the ‘community consultation’ took place but, for a start, it is inconceivable that Campbeltown’s local councillors would not have been party to any discussions.
- Oban Councillor raises issue of closure of town’s only play park
Major league congratulations to the Oban Common Good Fund.
Getting a return of around 5% these days is good going.
How do they do it?
- Jock Dempster: hell and healing – two voyages to Murmansk
Mrs Strachan, we’re sorry to have to tell you that Jock Dempster died at the start of May 2013.
If you contact the helpful and knowledgeable staff at the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum project at Loch Ewe – via their website – http://www.russianarcticconvoymuseum.co.uk/wp/ – they will be able to help you.
- Oban South and the Isles to ready for by-election as Councillor Hall stands down
We have had it confirmed by Councillor McCuish that he does not intend to stand in the by-election in Oban South and the Isles.
Here’s a thought.
Supposing Councillors McCuish and Devon did stand down for re-election in this ward….
That would leave this large and sprawling ward [which includes Tiree and Coll out in the Atlantic] for eight weeks or so – in the sole charge of Councillor Alastair MacDougall from Mull [and an alarm clock}.
- A83 9th March: slope stabilisation work underway at Rest and Be Thankful
The emergency diversion route is always available to the emergency services, even when it is closed to other traffic.
It has been engineered with strategic lay-bys to allow both emergency vehicles and convoy traffic to use, snabling the fastest passage through by emergency services, even when a convoy is on the route.
During the working up period of the road, we watched a test usage scenario with convoy traffic going one way and emergency vehicles going the other way.
It seemed to work efficiently on that occasion, with discussions going on between both parties at appropriate points of conjunction.
The communications between the convoy leader and the emergency servces are obviuosly important.
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