Comment posted Local government: party political or independent? by Graeme McCormick.
Some of the comments here seem to be a pre-emptive attempt to justify local issues over what is best for Argyll and Bute as whole.
Provided a party has a programme which is responsive to local needs then there is no reason why its programme cannot be region wide.
A & B is diverse and as a result more challenging than any other part of Scotland, but funding is tight. Consequently efforts must be focused on increasing an economically active population while ensuring an equitable social policy.
That means that parochialism must have no place in the new administration. Are Independents up to that challenge?
It would have been refreshing if candidates had challenged voters to ask what contribution the voters could make rather than the promises from candidates which with one or two exceptions show a worrying lack of ambition and vision.
Recent comments by Graeme McCormick
- Radically new council group changes all the dynamics: party politics dead in Argyll
I think we might have more regard for them if they all said they would only take their basic councillor salary and forego the extra payments.
All councillors should be part of the administration but have a free vote except for the appointment of lead councillors which should be divided up in proportion to the population share of each area committee.
That might just put a sort of break on factionalism
- Argyll and Bute Council: the serious stuff
Serious stuff indeed! our young people’s future or half-empty care homes.
Other areas are also worried about school closures being revisited.
- Minutes of today’s meeting of ‘Concerned Councillors’ Group
Come back James Robb
- SNP meeting on Monday may be testing time for mega-coalition proposal
I think you’ll find that the individuals mentioned will be considered past their sell-by date and divisive.
There are a number of political astute yet younger people ready to pursue or continue their political careers having shown themselves successful in the wider world.
- Walsh to lead all but Lib Dems, Conservatives and George Freeman
Do you really have to share your bedroom experiences?
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