Comment posted ARSN submission to Rural Education Commission by Simon.
“The law is not working well ” Doesn’t stop the SNP Mike Russell closing schools using the self-same law though does it Anne?
Robslees, Hillhead, who is next ……
Crazy – haven’t actually read the submission – far too many impotant things to be doing other than reading predicatble pap fromthe “usual suspects”* on here
*Copywright by Mike Russell
Anne – how did the SNP group vote on the Council budget (chortle, chortle) Didn’t support the ‘Son of Darkness’ Tricky Dicky did they???? Left their Leader floundering I hear
Simon also commented
- Crazy, actually compared to some of the pontificating mogadon mush I’ve read on here from Newsie, “doc” and others – it was positively enthralling…
- Crazy – as promised I read it. I’m not really suprised at anything that has been mentioned in the submissiomn and given that is from a self-interested group it was fairly neutral in tone, fairly well-argued however, it really was going over similar ground that we’ve seen rehearsed on these pages ad nauseum.
I’m not going to ooffer a point by point analysis or try to score points (though I did found some comments interesting – Councils should not be allowed to make financial savings – I though was simplistic and given the state of the economy pleading to be treated as a special case brings it own dangers – anyway I thought there were no savings to be made??)
In general I ‘m not sure that the tactic of trying to by-pass the eudcation authority and have the HMIs’ role enhanced will help protect rural schools. I would suggest you should be careful what you wish for. HMIs are better placed than any individual local authority to bring counter-arguments and evidence from across Scotland/UK and purely because they have no investment or involvement or constituency in Argyll and Bute they are pretty much immune to the type of demo that I saw you folks put on at Kilmory.
I know you want to hear this but I genuienly believe that if ARSN network put more of its efforts into meeting with and working the local authority rathe rthan trying to by-pass it – it would reap rewards.
The real difficulty is that at a time when every service is under scrutiny, under-resourced and being cut (in real terms) the majority of the population (ie those non ARSN people) I think (and I could be wrong) are much more intersted in social care issues, roads, libraries etc.
Finally, I’m not convinced that Mike Russell is the great saviour of rural schools that some think he is. Whilst he admitted the legislation was flawed and not working the way they wanted it didn’t stop him using the same legislation when he agreed to shut two schools. I know most of you welcomed him setting up the Commission – but don’t be surprised if he uses the opportunity afforded by the Commission to do to rural schools what he is doing presently to FE colleges.
- Hi Tim, “the decision to close Hillhead school, which (I agree with you) looks pretty awful” at least we agree on something.
I have tried ploughing through your submission but got bored.
However, a promise is a promise so as I said to Crazy – I will try again.
- Crazy – Now —- you be nice!
OK I promise I shall read the submission and share my thoughts.
As far as the SNP are concenred – these pages were full of articles pre-budget about how inmprotant it was and how unfair Tricky was behaving. Since then? Nothing……
Not one article on why did the SNP group rebelled against their leader? (Do you know?) Why did First Argyll and Robb also vote for Trick Dicky??
I’ve said before that FA behaves like little more than a SNP propagana machine – I think this proves it. The SNP group vote with Dick Walsh and its not reported on here???????
ps What about SNP Mike Russell’s decison on Hillhead?? Disgraceful in my opinion.
- In my dreams Anne?? Well how come Big Robert and Isobel were deserted by the snp cannon-fodder when it came to the vote on the Council’s budget??
The budget as Newsie would say is the most impoortant document (you blethered on a bit about its importance yourself Anne) So how come the SNP apart form the Robert and Isobel voted with their arch-nemisis Dick Walsh?
Or didn’t you know??????
Recent comments by Simon
- 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….
- Proposed posts for proposed new council coalition administration
Newsie, “Councillor Kinniburgh sees what we believe is his first ever sniff of power – as Depute Lead Councillor for Planning and Regulatory Services – the traditional honeypot brief.~”
What you mean by “the traditional honeypot brief” ??
- Proposed posts for proposed new council coalition administration
As I’ve said already this is a shambles.
The behaviour of the SNP (including the ex-SNP, the resigned SNP, the suspended SNP and the still-as-yet-in-the-SNP) has been a complete disgrace. Their language about each other has been intemperate, their actions reprehensible and it does seem that they are only concerned about their puffed-up-egos and positions and continuing to stab their ex-colleagues in the chest.
Civil wars normally follow independence – but not in the case of the Argyll and Bute SNP.
The tragedy of course is that this is not over by a long shot. Civil wars leave festering memories and revenge is in the air as these internal conflicts shows no sign of receding.
The losers in all of this? Those deluded fools who voted SNP believing in a bright new dawn certainly, but actually all of us who live and work in in Argyll and Bute as the SNP Cllrs and erstwhile SNP Cllrs continue with their bloody civil war rather than getting on getting on with the job they were elected to do.
But perversely this might yet turn out to be of long-term benefit as quite frankly the antics of these amateurs in the Argyll and Bute SNP is the best advert EVER for a resounding NO vote!
- New council administration appears not to be what it seemed
Anne Baird ” If you listen to both sides you’ll find the truth” -oh p-l-e-a-s-e stop with the homily and honeyed tones. You duck and dive with the rest of them in the Argyll and Bute SNP. As long as nobody threatens your precious primary schools you’re happy to adopt the high moral position of all things political, preach away and prattle on about the whichness of nothing.
If you have ANYTHING serious to contribute by all means let’s hear it – but please – spare us the clichés….
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