Comment posted Opposition evaluations of three year council budget by Simon.
What a hoot. With a typical FA Nelsonian eye Newsie makes NO comment on the real stories of the budget.
Is it not true that that the much-maligned budget was passed almost unanimously?
Did only three voted against it – Geo Freeman, Strong and whatever the name erstwhile leader of the SNP is called?
Did the SNP Group overwhelmingly reject their erstwhile leader’s advice and voted with Dick Walsh and the Coalition?
Is Anne Baird (above) part of the rumoured split in the SNP Group and lack of confidence in their lkeader just a few months ahead of the elections?
Why no commment on all this from FA?
Simon also commented
- Scruff – interesting post and therefore quite removed from the stuff the ‘usual uspects’* normally post on here.
“The current administration has put the ‘noose’ around its own neck” – whilst I’m not best placed to make any kind of political prediction that covers Argyll and bute as I’m not a member of any political party – I’m not convinced that apart from the ‘usual suspects’** many people in Argyll and Bute give a monkeys about rural schools!
It’s never the main point of discussion in the circles I frequent and on the odd time it does arise most people are of the view that some of these expensive schools are little more than private education on the rates and that they should be closed.
I think the ARSN folks might get one Councillor in. But, I also think that the electorate are too mature to be fooled by a vociferous but essentially single-issue self-interest clique.
As to who will the elections – well, we’ll see what we’ll see. Let’s be honest here is no real leader in the ranks of the mongrel opposition who has done any real damage to Dick’s coalition – they whine, mump and moan about him – and then the numpties end up voting with him!!!.
But at a very local level perhaps ARSN should put up a candidate against Dick Walsh and then watch their candidate lose their deposit.
* copywright Mike Russell
** copywright Mike Russell
- Fairly lengthy but predictable post from Integrity.
If it’s clarity you’re after Integrity here’s some; “details of the budget are kept under lock and key to a ridiculously late hour” – this happens at UK Govt level, Scottish Govt level and as far as I’m aware in every other Council throughout Scotland. You might argue it shouldn’t but it does.
The opposition and their lap dogs – and I do incloude Newsie in this – have been banging on about the budget, how important it is and the significant impact it will have have on the area. And??? Words, just words. Empty, rhetoric from a bunch on sheep bereft of any cogent, comprehensive alternative to Tricky’s proposals.
Where IS the Leadership amongst this rag-bag collection pathetic collection of supposed opposition?? Where is the forensic ( ) anaylsis that brings forwards a radical alternative budget?? Mmmm???
Well there WAS McIntyre/Strong with their childish-pathetic-token-gesture-politicking to Bute….but apart for that – Pffftttttt.
Gawd help us all if these muppets ever actually managed to actually get into power.
- Well, despite dire predictions, sniping from the sidelines and the rubbing of FA’s hands after yet another budget article – guess what??
The Council’s much-maligned budget was passed almost unanimously. Only Geo Freeman ‘Im my own man’ and big Robert McIntyre and ‘I didn’t know anytthing school closures when I was Education Spokesperson’ Isobel Strong voted against Tricky Dicky and his pals’ budget.
The SNP group? Well they voted with Tricky.
Argyll 1st? – well they too voted with Tricky.
Robb ? he voted with Tricky.
And as Geo Freeman’s ‘group’ don’t opersate a whip system Geo’s vice-president, vice- leader thingy also voted for Tricky.
Did no one tell these clowns the purpose of opposition is to oppose?? Or come up with better proposals?
ps Mike Russell also agreed to shut yet another school under the SNP s ‘flawed legislation’
- No response from the SNP lap dogs?
Tsk, tsk, tsk.
Recent comments by Simon
- SNP meeting on Monday may be testing time for mega-coalition proposal
Graeme, “I think you’ll find that the individuals mentioned will be considered past their sell-by date and divisive”
Well actually the recent evidence suggests that that statement could apply to most SNP Cllrs, your ex-leader, the constituency chairman, the local MSPs and yourself….
- SNP meeting on Monday may be testing time for mega-coalition proposal
Guess the identity of the “Third Party”. It wouldn’t be an ex-senior Cllr (now no longer a member of the SNP) but very likely to be re-instated very soon would it??
I’m trying to be circumspect about his identity but if it is him (and I think it’s a him) then it would have the added benefit that the SNP wouldn’t have to throw out all the “Vote Mike” badges they have in stock when McKenzie is de-selected……
- Walsh to lead all but Lib Dems, Conservatives and George Freeman
The SNP are incompetent and impotent.
For all their promises and posturing their nasty little civil war, whilst it might be over, is far from forgotten. Who could forget that the SNP ‘record’ to date has been w-e-l-l inglorious at best.
In less than a year they’ve :-
‘Lost’ two Leaders,
‘Lost’ two Councillors,
Local branches attacked their Leader and his policies,
The SNP Constituency Chairman tried to persuade SNP Cllrs to vote against their own SNP budget proposals
SNP supporters have attacked other SNP Cllrs calling them “Traitors” and “duplicitous”
Lost the Administration
Behaved like a slut jumping in and out of bed with a variety of partners in a vain attempt to cling to power
Finally, and despite having the largest number of Cllrs – Dick Walsh looks likely to be back in charge – with the SNP reduced to a supporting role.
SNP: incompetent and impotent.
- James Robb, as the cordite clears
Gobbells knew if you repeat a lie often enough people will believe it.
That’s why it’s important to stop Fletcher of Buffoon when he lies. For example “Anyone suggesting that Dick Walsh should be brought back in or that the Con-Dems are given a whiff or power again… They almost caused the bankruptcy of the Council”.
Lie. Untrue. Lie. Fabrication. Lie. Never happened. Lie. Economical with the truth. Lie. SNP. Lie.
Dick Walsh’s budgets were all passed with no dissenting voice and there was never any question of the Council almost being made bankrupt under the previous administration.
Fletcher’s claim is a complete and utter SNP lie.
The Buffoon might have wished that was the case – but it never was. Given the on-going omnishambles of a pantomime that the SNP have visited on Argyll – you would’ve thought the SNP would’ve learned that humility and honesty can go along way – but they haven’t they still lie.
- Withdrawals move numbers against proposed new coalition
Dave, we all know that individual SNP members are being contacted and informed ‘that if you support this coalition you will be expelled from the party’.
So Trail, Lousie Glen (“the most duplicitous person I’ve ever met”: Breslin) Sandy Taylor and the other “traitors” have “also refused to follow Robb” not from principle or conviction but from coercion.
Doesn’t really bode well for the future now does it….
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