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Comment posted Council now deploys online ‘Spy Accounts’ in covert surveillance of local critics by Derek McMillan.

On The Herald’s article saying that Ms Smith has been suspended , an interesting comment from the organiser of the event in Glasgow, Mr Nick Hill:

“It’s with increasing incredulity that I’ve followed your coverage of alleged comments made by a speaker at a very successful event in Glasgow five months ago.

As organiser of the event allow me to comment since you failed to have the courtesy to approach me in order to cast some much-needed light and balance onto the subject.

Jo Smith, of Argyll & Bute Council, was selected onto the panel because she has carved a sound reputation for her work with social media.

Far from the storm of outrage your report suggests, there was not a single complaint about Ms Smith’s presentation or comment on the day nor since. Looking back at feedback forms she topped the list with the highest rated feedback.

The phrase ‘spy accounts’ was featured in the presentation in speech marks deliberately as they referred informally to individuals referring back what they’d seen elsewhere voluntarily rather than some dastardly plot. The phrase was given deliberate context in the conference. This is reflected by the complete absence of a complaint from anyone in the audience.

Believe me, with 12 years experience of running events across Britain let me assure you that delegates are not afraid of coming forward if they have a complaint.

Such is my strength of feeling over this I’m volunteering to take part in any investigation by Argyll & Bute Council which I trust will be more fair minded and methodical that the Glasgow Herald piece.

Against that we have a thus far unnamed source who I can’t confirm was even at the event, that never complained to me during or after the event, has all of a sudden decided to stop mulling it over and come forward now after five months. Strange also that your reporter never thought to contact those who organised it.

In the interests of transparency, may I remind people that Ms Smith’s powerpoint presentation remains available to view at: ”

He provides a link to The Public Sector Web website.

Derek McMillan also commented

  • The link Sandy has provided is indeed the source of the quote, Dr Douglas.

    Thank you, Sandy.

Recent comments by Derek McMillan

  • Spygate: Fruitlessly Trawling for Trolls
    I’ve only discovered your website this weekend and I have been reading through your archives. If only half of what you and your commenters say is true, then there really is something badly wrong going on around Oban and A&BDC.

    I thought George Berry left Oban FM because he had said something untoward, but to learn that people suspect a concerted campaign to drive him out is shocking. George is one of life’s good guys!

    Consider my journey to enlightenment started.

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