Comment posted Spygate: Who was ‘John McKinnon’? Was Russell a victim of dirty tricks by a council false persona? by Councillor George Freeman.
Simon clearly lives on another planet when he says that “the duty of the opposition is to oppose”. As Anne has stated, “the duty of the opposition is to scrutinise, agree with what’s good and disagree with what’s bad”.
I certainly oppose many things that the ConDemAll administration does. That includes their shambolic school closure proposals and also their second shambolic school closure proposals. I could list many others such as the CHORD Waste of £50 Million Programme.
Opposition just for the sake of it is totally pointless but there again, it is Simon that we are talking about.
Councillor George Freeman also commented
- Bob Loblaw refers to the possibility of the late Councillor Donald MacDonald leaving a computer on when he left the building and some cleaner then accessing information on that computer. I find that explanation unbelievable.
Councillors have laptops that are used at home for Council business only. Very few councillors take these laptops to Kilmory or any other Council office with them. I think I can state without challenge that along with myself, there are only three other councillors who use their laptops at Kilmory. I am also certain that none of them would leave the building and leave their laptop behind with it still switched on and with them still logged in.
If we turn our backs on these laptops for just a couple of minutes, they automatically log the user out. The user can only access information again by using their password to log on again.
Apart from the laptops referred to above, there are two PCs in the Members Room that any councillor can use by logging on to their account. This room is very seldom used and I only know of two other councillors who have used these PCs. Again, if these PCs are in use and are left untouched for a couple of minutes, they automatically log the user out.
It is just not plausible that the scenario put forward by Bob Loblaw could have happened.
Recent comments by Councillor George Freeman
- Meeting of interested parties on A83 makes Oliver Twist move on Transport Minister
As the Rest and Be Thankful is in my Lomond North electoral ward, I was surprised to read about this meeting which I had no knowledge of. Firstly, we need to remember that, although there are landslips beyond the Rest in the Cowal Ward in Argyll, the major problems with land slips are on the Rest itself, which is part of my Lomond North Ward, which also falls within the Arrochar & Tarbet Community Council area. Having said that, it has been the norm over recent years for local Ward councillors and the Community Council to be ignored when the problems at the Rest are being discussed.
Following the report on For Argyll, I tried to contact the other two ward councillors to confirm if they had been invited to the meeting. As I was told yesterday that Councillor Corry was currently in Sweden and was not available, I contacted Councillor Robert G MacIntyre, who also happens to be the Council’s Deputy Lead Councillor for Roads Issues, to ask if he was aware of the meeting. Councillor MacIntyre confirmed that he was contacted late on Thursday by Council staff to ask if he could attend the meeting. Given that the meeting was being held the next morning (Friday) at 10.30 am, this clearly gave him no time to consult with other ward councillors or the Community Council on what was due to be discussed. Given the short notice, it appears that the late invitation to Councillor MacIntyre to attend Friday’s meeting was an afterthought. How could Councillor MacIntyre be expected to speak on behalf of Argyll & Bute Council when he had not been given the opportunity to consult with the Council on the issues that were due to be discussed?
Most people tend to forget that the Rest and Be Thankful is NOT in Michael Russell’s Argyll & Bute constituency but is in Jackie Baillie’s Dumbarton constituency. Having contacted Jackie Baillie yesterday, she has confirmed to me that she “had not heard about the meeting”. I wonder what Michael Russell’s reaction would be if Jackie Baillie arranged a meeting in Arrochar to discuss an issue that was of major importance to Michael Russell and his constituents but did not give him the courtesy of an invitation or even informing him of the meeting? I doubt if Mr Russell would be been very happy.
It appears to me that the Scottish Government is still not taking the problems at the Rest seriously and are determined to spend as little as possible to try and keep the residents and businesses of Argyll & Bute happy. Would this sort of response be acceptable if this was happening in the central belt? I believe that it certainly would not be acceptable and that the Scottish Government would throw as much money at it as was required to resolve the problem. There again, I am sure that some of those in power think that this is only Argyll, a remote rural area with a small population which does not justify the expenditure required to provide a permanent solution to this problem.
We have heard in the past that there was no money allocated in the Scottish Government’s capital programme to provide a permanent solution at the Rest. That may have been acceptable within the three year spending review period at that time, but could not justify the Scottish Government failing to make provision within the new 3 year spending review period.
- Argyl and Bute Councillors in trouble for non-payment of – Council Tax
For the avoidance of any doubt, and to reassure my constituents, I can confirm that I am NOT one of the councillors referred to in the Sunday Post yesterday as having had Council Tax arrears.
My Council Tax has always been payed on time and I have never been in arrears with Council Tax or any other payments to the Council. That reduces the number of councillors in Argyll & Bute to 35 that the Sunday Post could have been referring to.
- Pro-indy Sunday Herald seen utterly to concoct smear on Labour
Neil, given the report in the Sunday Herald, it would appear that, in their opinion, you are now Leader of the Council? Either that, or it is down to the poor quality of the reporting in the Sunday Herald who obviously do not check their facts before running with a story.
It is good to note how disciplined and united your Group is within the Council under your leadership.
- Council by-election result: Labour takes first seat in Argyll and Bute Council since 1999
Warmest congratulations to Neil MacIntyre for a successful campaign. I look forward to working constructively with him over the next three years.
We will now have four MacIntyres on the Council which will no doubt cause a bit more confusion. I just wonder if we will have another MacIntyre standing in the upcoming by-election in Ward 5 – Oban North and Lorn to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Louise Glen-Lee?
- Will Argyll and Bute Council change its name?
Question, on that basis, Argyll no longer exists so why are we using it and why are folk promoting it?
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