Comment posted Council candidates, election battlegrounds and serious choices to be made by newsroom.
See response to Integrity below, which helps to explain.
What we are saying here is that we believe that Councillor Robertson has strong electoral support.
We do not respect any councillor who votes without making themselves aware of the facts – and that means independent research and questioning – not simply accepting ‘facts’ provided by council officers (and Cleland Sneddon’s information has been shown on multiple occasions to be ‘unreliable’) or by administration leaders.
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- Three relevant articles of ours on this issue at the time are:
2 December 2010:school Closures: Dance macabre with Parklands ( http://forargyll.com/2010/12/school-closures-dance-macabre-with-parklands/ )
3 December 2010: “Parents at Parklands… have unanimously embraced the opportunity for consultation” ? ( http://forargyll.com/2010/12/parents-at-parklands-have-unanimously-embraced-the-opportunity-for-consultation/ )
14 December 2010: Councillor Robb carries the fight for Parklands – an inexplicable inclusion on the school closures list ( http://forargyll.com/2010/12/councillor-robb-carries-the-fight-for-parklands-a-shaming-inclusion-on-the-school-closures-list/ )
- We’d be happy for chapter and verse on this if there is something we cannot have known about – but to the best of our knowledge – including what we ourselves heard Councillor Robertson say to campaigners before council meetings – we have not known of her promising to support anything.
All we individually heard her say, on various occasion, was that she would make up her mind on the issues.
This does not excuse her for failing to acquaint herself properly with the the available and published hard factual evidence on those very issues – which none of her administration colleagues bothered to do either.
In fairness though, we are not aware of her reneging on any promises given.
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The reading rate is high – but this saga is like being sandbagged by a black pantomine with more false endings than a Z-list thriller.
- Iain McCallum: the human bridge between Campbeltown and Heroes Challenge UK
Alan – we’ll try to get a message to the team for you – and will pass on your email to them for dir3ect contact.
The communications side of things is a weak link – not just with wifi and mobile signal problems but with accurate information on ETAs and even destinations.
We spent the afternoon today chasing around unsuccessfully to find them at their stated destination in Campbeltown – confirmed before we set off to drive – when in fact they finished at The Putechan Hotel, which is on the west coast of Kintyre and well short of Campbeltown. Very frustrating.
We did see the team doing the hard stuff though – passing them on the way south. They were cycling in two clusters, impressively easily and very disciplined in the way they were dealing with traffic streams behind them.
You should know that we now understand that they will row tomorrow from Campbeltown to Glenarm and not to Ballycastle; and that it looks as if they will row back not form Newcastle but from Bangor to Portpatrick.
They’ll be delighted to see you mi-channel. Great idea.
- Argyll and Bute Council: Where are we now?
The difference is that the new ferry to Campbeltown had an arrival time and actually arrived.
A major part of what we work to do is to support initiatives at all levels that are focused on regeneration and are driven by positive, creative energies that make things happen.
Campbeltown wins hands down over Kilmory any minute of any day on these criteria – and we never spare ourselves travelling and hard work on a cause that has some hope of going somewhere.
And just in case you are implying that this was a jolly – which we never do: I myself drove to Campbeltown – 1 hr 30m – did the work and drove back again immediately.
- Argyll and Bute Council: Where are we now?
This amusing spin disguises the fact that there was no political ‘speculation’.
There was formally recorded political realignment and manoeuvering by all councillors – which was done in some urgency before the council meeting, yet appears to have stalled – for some reason and for the time time being at least.
Councillors do not seem to realise that this adds to the alienation of voters rather than assuage concerns.
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