Important subject spoiled by aggressive undertones of point …

Comment posted License charges for performances in Argyll and Bute: Russell warns of cultural threat by Iain Hurrel.

Important subject spoiled by aggressive undertones of point scoring against previous administration. Im very sure you would not have writen that, knowing that you have not already sorted it out.

Maybe you could now move on to the ferries and sort that out. However always good to know the out come before it happens.

Iain Hurrel also commented

  • Yes Simon I’m sure that’s going to be the way, it does seem to be a sort of retirement plan or re shuffle thing for votes, but I think this time it will be diff, as most said or made out its not about the money anymore its about the area and I’m sure you will start to see Cllrs now forgoing these benefits / payments as a point of principle.

    I don’t really have any political stand as it all seems to just get worse and the promises bigger and more out outlandish by the week, with as much back stabbing as poss.

    What I find really annoying is newly elected Cllr’s with no track record to speak of slagging off Guy’s like Dick Walsh who most in Scottish politics could not hold a light to and only dream of a career / record like his. I remember only 30 yrs ago seeing Mr Walsh fill his car locally at the petrol station most mornings at around 7 in the morning and not always the same one (spread the love around)in a type of way? 30 yrs on its still the same, week in week out. I’ve never met another Cllr in all that time or seen one work so hard for the people of Dunoon, although it started before that i’m sure?

    It makes me smile when you hear the trumpets of what we are going to do and how we are going to do it when we get in. Just that the trumpets stop not long after that and voices are not heard until the next election. there are Hard working Cllrs and that’s why they get back in, in most cases.

    Personally I think Mr Walsh has done a truly incredible job of running the area in his time in office. Im glad that’s he’s not back in as Head of the Council as I think he may enjoy it very much more where he is now and has completed a very long shift for his area and ward. he;s better placed to actually make sure the administration get it right and stand by the election promises and not let them away with madness and really messing it all up.
    The ferries thing will go away, but prob altogether now.
    Anyway well done everyone that want to be a Cllr

    Mr Walsh enjoy your new role of watch dog. Back to the pumps no doubt?

Recent comments by Iain Hurrel

  • Is Greek government envisaging a ‘Yes’ vote for acceptance of EU terms and conditions?
    Wonga or filling envelops with gold for cash is options only left now? If it looks like default and smells like a default is prob a default ?
  • End of Castle Toward soap opera may be sale to soap tycoon
    It’s nothing other than an offer with what looks like enough escape causes to leave anytime without committing a single penny. Are we to understand and accept that the council have a meeting to discuss or as the usual case is be told what’s going to happen and after that meeting its reported to be sold?

    This is nowhere near sold as yet, it suits the council to say it just before the summer break, the buyers will never commit until they have agreed planning permission and I’m guessing a few objects will be put forward.

    Also if you pay 1.5M for a old building with a refurbishment estimate of over 5M you don’t spend the same or more on restoring the gardens and expect to be able to payback investors. Plus has to be passed by them first.

    Stranger still if it’s stopped being marketed while negotiations are still ongoing? It’s only off the market usually when the missives are concluded?
    Or does the council work to a new private process ?

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    Surely not the council acting without consultation? I think the timing of this is the cowardly face of the people that we voted to look after our interests doing this just as the schools close for summer. Underhanded concil tactics we’ve become used to seeing. Horrible people targeting the very young and the old.
  • Jim McColl
    I see no difference with how business is being done in Argyll. Councillors vote through anything they are given in return for extra payment jobs. Those with extra payments vote yes and those without vote no.

    But we do anything about that do we?

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    Keith,

    I don’t think that Oban is well represented within the council either. Sally Louden is in her last job and as others above say unemployable and I have no doubt that’s the case. Was her position actually a workable one? It seems Walsh pulls all the strings as it’s always been really. Oban has had a bad deal with him and Sally.

    It’s hard leaving a legacy of the worst run council in Scotland not a good way to go.

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9 Responses to Important subject spoiled by aggressive undertones of point …

  1. Why bothering writing to the CE, just nip into her office as “we understand” or should I say “it is rumoured” that Mike is the unofficial real leader of the “New Dawn” administration. Would it not have been better to have a wee word in Roddy’s ear and let the administration get the credit for the idea? Or is this an indication of the way its going to work? Mike says….

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    • It’s interesting that you think such a cast of well-educated, self-motivated councillors is under the thumb of someone else. Of course the SNP is a team, but it’s a very democratic one and doesn’t support the scenario you’ve imagined here.

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  2. Important subject spoiled by aggressive undertones of point scoring against previous administration. Im very sure you would not have writen that, knowing that you have not already sorted it out.

    Maybe you could now move on to the ferries and sort that out. However always good to know the out come before it happens.

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  3. Until the new council meet and the administration is ratified Roddy Mccuish and his associates have no control over the council or the employees so they will be unable to start to change anything until then

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  4. “Maybe you could now move on to the ferries and sort that out” – fair point Iain.

    But I must confess I’m hoping for the usual outraged article going on and on and on and on about all the Cllrs who have sold their principles just to join this rag-bag coalition to get the responsibility payments.’Bought for 30 pieces of silver’ and ‘noses in the trough’ are both sure to feature.

    Unless of course the SNP led coalition decide that they don’t want these responsibility payments….. :) :)

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    • Yes Simon I’m sure that’s going to be the way, it does seem to be a sort of retirement plan or re shuffle thing for votes, but I think this time it will be diff, as most said or made out its not about the money anymore its about the area and I’m sure you will start to see Cllrs now forgoing these benefits / payments as a point of principle.

      I don’t really have any political stand as it all seems to just get worse and the promises bigger and more out outlandish by the week, with as much back stabbing as poss.

      What I find really annoying is newly elected Cllr’s with no track record to speak of slagging off Guy’s like Dick Walsh who most in Scottish politics could not hold a light to and only dream of a career / record like his. I remember only 30 yrs ago seeing Mr Walsh fill his car locally at the petrol station most mornings at around 7 in the morning and not always the same one (spread the love around)in a type of way? 30 yrs on its still the same, week in week out. I’ve never met another Cllr in all that time or seen one work so hard for the people of Dunoon, although it started before that i’m sure?

      It makes me smile when you hear the trumpets of what we are going to do and how we are going to do it when we get in. Just that the trumpets stop not long after that and voices are not heard until the next election. there are Hard working Cllrs and that’s why they get back in, in most cases.

      Personally I think Mr Walsh has done a truly incredible job of running the area in his time in office. Im glad that’s he’s not back in as Head of the Council as I think he may enjoy it very much more where he is now and has completed a very long shift for his area and ward. he;s better placed to actually make sure the administration get it right and stand by the election promises and not let them away with madness and really messing it all up.
      The ferries thing will go away, but prob altogether now.
      Anyway well done everyone that want to be a Cllr

      Mr Walsh enjoy your new role of watch dog. Back to the pumps no doubt?

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      • I very much hope that the more cynical of Iain Hurrel’s remarks prove, in time, to be unfounded – and perhaps early review of the council’s new events licensing policy would be a good start.

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  5. Just a quick thread change although the communication post is her brief.Has Louise Glen-lee been removed from her spokesperson,s role.The story or rumour is doing the rounds in Oban, any crack on this from anyone.
    Cheers Neil.

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