Comment posted 11th April: George Berry chairing hustings for Oban Wards 4 and 5 by Spock.
As a member of the audience at the so-called “hustings” last night, I was disappointed to find that the whole event became a SNP rant on the performance of the Council over the last few years. Very little in the way of candidate policies emerged. Much more in the way of attrition and stage managed attacks on individuals within the Council were displayed. I am not surprised that some candidates declined to attend.
If the SNP gain control of the Council I can only fear for the future, based on what I heard and saw last night. For example, Oban has tremendous potential as a transport hub for the highlands and islands. However, the SNP seem hell bent on withdrawing funding which would result in closing down the airport at Connel. Whilst they may have concerns over the Oban pontoon proposals, they seem to lack understanding of how this could help increase tourism and local businesses. Where is the vision and what is the sense in doing this? There was plenty of negativity and criticism but very little in the way of suggestions of what could be achieved.
Recent comments by Spock
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I watched part of the BBC programme before I had to switch it off because of, in my view the unpleasant behaviour, as accurately described by FA, of the pro-independence camp. Another recent programme on the TV explained the rise of the nationalist movement in pre-war Germany. Whilst the extreme Scottish nationalists may be some way off the brutish tactics employed then, there were similarities in attitudes particularly when it came to suppressing opposition through undemocratic means.
Perhaps the imminent pro-independence paper will address the issues in a more objective fashion so that we can have a proper and civilised debate on the independence question.
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In my view, JnrTck summarises the SNP agenda for the campaign leading to the Referendum in 2014 perfectly. But is it logical, that is, sensible and the product of rational thought? For example, how much of a ‘different’ direction can Scotland go if it is bound by the monetary policies of the rUK by sticking with the pound? Or it has to abide by the rules of NATO and the bureaucrats in Brussels?
I can see why JnrTck hopes that people accept the SNP agenda because to do otherwise might mean they are being logical, sensible and rational.
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Impressive job specification, but peanuts and monkeys spring to mind. After the usual Tax & NI contributions, will £18/hr attract the right calibre of applicant?
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