Comment posted Challenge to ALL ‘Independent’ council election candidates by newsroom.
You are largely right – but we have to leave open the possibility that some current members of the Alliance may change their position.
However, after the block vote on Thursday night last where they agreed to try to impose a specific political managament device on an incoming administration – there’s no evidence of any change of heart anywhere.
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- People contacted us Neil because they overtly did not just want to know how each Independent stood on these issues – but wanted to see them commit to a position in public. Our audience makes us the most public platform in Argyll by some way.
The wish to see Independent candidates commit to an individual position on this matter did not, in what we saw, reflect distrust of the candidates but a general suspicion of likely manoeuvres that the experience of Kilmory has taught them to expect.
They seemed to want everyone to see where candidates stood on this – we guess to limit their wriggle room afterwards.
- Argyll First have told us that there is ‘No way will we join a coalition with the current Alliance’. They sent us this statement to clarify their position.
From: Argyll First
Argyll First is a non political group of like minded individuals who have a common purpose to put the interests of the people of Argyll First.
We feel that it is important to re-emphasise the Aims and Objectives of Argyll First given that a number of candidates standing in this weeks election have expressed an interest in joining the group should they become elected. http://forargyll.com/2011/06/argyll-first-ready-to-recruit-like-minded-candidates-for-2012-election/
Some key points worth considering.
Argyll First are not registered with the Election Commission to do so would undermine the whole point of the group
Members of Argyll First have a free vote on all issues
Argyll First put people before politics
Argyll First have been the only 3 elected members to take a !0% pay cut during the term of the present Council
Argyll First have been totally consistent in their support of viable Rural Schools
Argyll First have argued the case on two occasion in the Council chambers in an attempt to return democracy to Argyll and Bute Council
The motion put forward in 2010 received support from just three Councillors
The motion put forward in 2011 received support from eleven Councillors
We are pleased to note at long last our calls are being heard and that other groups are now coming on side regarding the scrapping of the undemocratic executive Committee
If reelected we intend to put a motion forward in 2012 and look forward to achieving one of our many goals by receiving the necessary support required from a new administration in 2012.
Argyll first want to abolish the centralised Planning and Licensing Committee and reinstate decision making to the local Area Committee thereby making your local elected councillor responsible for decisions affecting your local area.
Argyll first are delighted that on the 15th of May they have been invited to make an oral presentation to the petitions committee at the Scottish Parliament in support of their petition Sign for the A83.
This to our knowledge is the first occasion that Councillors from Argyll and Bute have been invited to do so
Members of Argyll First have mutual respect and a good working relationship with our Msps in the Scottish Parliament in particular Mike Russell and Jamie McGrigor
Argyll First look forward to continue working in positive and constructive manner for the benefit of the constituents of Argyll and Bute.
For further information on Argyll First please contact.
Cllr Donald Kelly 07977327751
Cllr Dougie Philand 07554012163
Cllr John Mc Alpine 07594550853
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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.
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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.
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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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