Comment posted Argyll First endorse Michael Breslin in Dunoon vote by newsroom.
Bob – as Private Eye say ‘Shurely shome mishtake’.
It was the three Argyll First councillors who took a voluntary pay cut of 10% – Donald Kelly, John McAlpine and Dougie Philand – saved the money and donated it to three charities focused on young people.
Michael Breslin is the SNP candidate standing in the election today for the Dunoon ward of Argyll and Bute – who has been endorsed by the Argyll First group.
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- Donald Kelly makes his personal voting preference public – unlike many others. He also makes it clear that his affinity within the council is with the Argyll First group which he co-founded and which, as a non-political group, constitutionally accepts individuals of any political persuasion.
Unlike even more others he puts the interests of Argyll before those of the party he personally supports.
Voters clearly did not share the confected expressions of confusion amongst the comments above.
Had they not done so, they would have voted differently.
As a councillor respected for his integrity, Donald Kelly got the most powerful personal vote in Argyll. That is what tells the story that matters to real people.
If politicians paid attention to this story, things might be positively different.
- Bit of a WOW moment, here, Arnie.
Tell us more. Where did you see this?
- Absolutely. Of course it is the core responsibility of officers to understand such situations and to ensure that the Council administration is aware of the detail and the implications.
It is also not unreasonable to expect an alert Council Leader to work this out or to ask questions that produce the right answers.
- Mr Russell’s politics are, in many ways, as ‘old school’ as Mr Walsh’s, both are of the ‘whatever does the business’ view.
It will be part of the challenge for the new coalition administration and for the SNP group within it, to stand on their own values and to find their own way.
Just as they should not be officer-led, they should not be MSP-led either.
If they are to win the trust and the respect of the general electorate and unite Argyll, there must be no smart tricks, just intelligent hard work and fairness for all above all things. Argyll is hungry for that.
Recent comments by newsroom
- Quarriers who put Easdale Island on the map may do so again
Congratulations on a dedicated and quite staggering volume of work well done – and on a voluntary basis.
We too look forward with excitement to new access to funding that will see this genuinely unique island heritage secured – and to access to expertise and promotional respurces that will see its value much more widely recognised.
Liaison with the Atlantic Islands Centre on Luing will be mutually beneficial.
With scheduling for Easdale and all that it can bring, the Atlantic Islands Centre will have a fabulous living museum, as well as the Slate Museum, on its doorstep to refer visitor to go and see.
- Analysis of Gourock-Dunoon ferry services confirms imperative for change
There is a technical problem with Argyll Flyer which amy account for this.
It is not expected to be prolonged and the company has said that it expects MV Coruisk to sail for her core duty on the Summer season run between Mallaig and Armadale on Skye, which starts on Friday 3rd April.
Coruisk has been acting as winter supplement on the Gourock-Dunoon service since December – as she did last year.
- When is Council going to replace the A814′s missing warning for HGVs?
As the article makes clear – large vehicles canot be prevented from using it because there will always be a genuine need for such vehicles to access a place or a property somewhere along that road.
But a clear ‘limitation of use’ notice puts the onus on drivers and gives Police Scotland’s traffic division reason to stop inquire and act accordingly.
Making the road one way for large vehicles, say south to north, would allow such access, deter casual convenience use by such vehicles and prevent stalemates when two meet.
- State Guardians / Named Persons a situation out of control
We accept that this latest story is correct.
However, an earlier one – that of a family fleeing the Highlands and movong to Edinburgh had so many questions – like the age of the boy concerned; and the fact that Edinburgh is nor necessarily free of state guardians as local authorities in that area were licensed to conduct pilot implementations of the system. Since the government intention is to implement the measure across Scotland, Edinburgh – if the family are not currently living in a place where pilot state guardianships are in train, Edinburgh can offer only short term sanctuary. The boy, we understand may have now reached normal maturity. Given that the state guardian measure was introduced by statute in 2014, the family’s move cannot have taken place much before this time.
Examples with no more than a peripheral – and even questionable – relationship to the generality of the impact of the state guardian imposition cannot serve to clarify the core abuses this system inflicts on the great majority of safe, loving and responsible families.
We had first nighlioghtd the ‘Edinburgh move’ story but when we interrogated fully its detail e withdrew the article and made our position clear.
Nothing gains from insecure tactical claims.
This is not a tactical issue. It is a moral and political one and its hits at the heart of the sort of family life most of us have been fortunate to enjoy.
There are far less needlessly damaging, more easily and less expensively achievable means of protecting the fewer [but not few children] who are at risk.
The Scottish Government introduced covert pilot implementations of this measure despite having assured the concerned Scottish Parliament that there would be no implementations without further consultation.
It is to the Parliament’s profound discredit that, on so serious a socially transformative matter, it did not make a sustained attempt to hold the government to account on this.
- State Guardians / Named Persons a situation out of control
We have used the word ‘fascist’ on some occasions to describe similar undemocratic interventions achieved by force majeure.
People object to that as well – because everyone imagines fascism and fascists only exist elsewhere, somewhere else.
However, you might find ‘fascist’ a more accurate and wholly defensible descriptor of your judgment of this particular intervention.
The OED says of ;fasism’:
‘Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one national or ethnic group, a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach.’
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