Comment posted Challenge to ALL ‘Independent’ council election candidates by James Robb.
This is a question that really only applies to potential new councillors. The position of existing councillors is well known. The strictures of each group will be a matter for those elected as “independent” to explore before deciding.
It is the basic principle of accountable, open and transparent democracy that has become the defining issue in these elections. New members will have to decide between supporting a continuation of the current Conservative-Liberal Democrat-Alliance of Independent Councillors Coalition or the alternative Democratic Coalition (the current Opposition groups plus new “independents” and groups with shared democratic values).
Recent comments by James Robb
- Current council coalition seeks to impose future political management
The motion to continue meets all of Simon’s points about concluding a piece of business. So why should Cllr Walsh and his Coalition feel any amendment necessary.
It was just infantile politics for the Trinity knew that no opposition member could recommend the proposals to any future administration.
- SNP council candidates promise review of CHORD Colquhoun Square plans
Helensburgh CHORD is the curates egg – one can find good bits in it. What is central to this is that so many townsfolk feel disenfranchised. The SNP action is to rebuild that trust and get something more acceptable to more people. The withdrawal of the motion makes it easier for existing Administration councillors to come out of their trenches, defy the informal whip and support a more open, democratic and responsive council after the election.
- Robb excluded from budget meeting with Council Leader
Neil, I don’t know. Surely the easiest thing would be for the person involved to just explain what he/she actually did and why they thought it the appropriate action to take. Just ask the question of all the councillors. To save you one letter, I had no part in this whatsoever.
- 8 minutes: Is this the shortest and most expensive council meeting ever?
The Leader and Depute Leader are suggesting this was some kind of conspiracy amongst councillors not to ask questions. The absurdity of those comments is evident as such a fantasy would have to include Administration councillors as well. Most decisions are taken by the 16 Executive Committee members the rest come to Council. Thursday was a very light and straightforward agenda and only required 8 minutes because of Provost’s pleasantries and the proferred excuses to deny debate on Helensburgh’s future to all councillors.
- James Robb: Independence for Unionists
Happened to watch Politics Show with Scottish Labour leadership candidates interviewed by Isabel Fraser. Is this the best they have? Lamont when pressed said she supported minimum unit alcohol pricing but would oppose any SNP proposal. All seemed to have just landed in the studio from the last century. Still taking about separation when the rest of Scotland is talking about co-operation. Constructive representative opposition is not on the agenda for the moment. Hopefully when the contest is over the new leader will heed more experienced and learned voices in the Labour Party, Scotland Branch and develop some policies not least their definition of “devo max”.
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