Comment posted Misleading instructions to voters: is Duncan Macintyre trawling for 4th preference votes? by newsroom.
On a point of fact, you and anyone will find that by far the most positive thing we have published in the course of this election campaign has been on the Labour Party’s manifesto – a model of positive honesty with a clear set of values and a practical approach to sorting out the current mess.
And we cannot see, in this piece, criticism of Councillor Robertson who is not an SNP candidate but a member of the Alliance of Independents.
We have also been the only media presence to comment critically – and unequivocally – on The Herald’s recently politically manipulative and unfounded adventure in support of the SNP on education issues.
And we do not feel any need to self-censor any positive comment we might make on any worthwhile achievements or activities by the SNP or by any other party or group.
On that front, we have been more consistently and positively supportive of Argyll First than of any other party or group. Because they merit it.
Similarly we have probably been more supportive of the political activities of Jamie McGrigor than of any other individual politician – because he has an instinctive sense of an important issue and he will pursue it.
And be it criticism or support, it is merit on the issue and the integrity of the individual that drives what we publish.
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- As we understand it, Returning Officers are usual senior council officers, often CEOs.
They are paid additionally for performing this duty. Some give that money to charity and some keep it, as they are entitled to do.
The former Returning Officer Nigel Stewart, was a senior Director before they got their titles egged up to Executive Director.
Mr Stewart retired and Mrs Loudon then took over as Returning Officer.
Mr Stewart’s work in this field was so widely regarded that he had been responsible for training Returning Officers.
- We understand that the former and Scotland-wide respected Returning Officer, Nigel Stewart, offered to come back to run this one since the Council is clearly under great internal stress at the moment – but was rebuffed.
- With the caveat that you should mark as many transfers as you WISH.
In the end, the ‘none of these’ or the ‘only one, two, three etc of these’ option is a democratically important statement of how one individually responds to the menu.
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- Labour paralysis proves Lamont right
On the current position of the Labour party, Kassandra – both you and Malcolm, above, have foundation for how you see that position. This is because Labour is on a cusp, from where it can fall or rise – by its own actions.
That it may fail is the basis for the weak recent polling in respect of the May 2015 General Election.
That it may rise – and if it does it can present the most serious threat to the SNP – is the reason for the obvious SNP fear that this may happen.
You have a perfect right to wish it to fail; but if it does, it will leave the unicameral Scottish Parliament with a serious democratic deficit which does not take long to be to everyone’s disadvantage.
Never give too much power to anyone.
- Labour paralysis proves Lamont right
Looking at some of the comments above, we are unhappy with the degree of quite vicious and crude abuse of people whose views differ from those of the contributors in question.
We would ask contributors to be civil, to engage with the argument of the person to whom they are responding,and not to take the cheap shot lazy route of rubbishing and abusing them instead.
We are all human beings, distinguished by our ability to reason – than which there are few greater pleasures.
- Launch of a Credit Union for Cowal
Thank you for providing these missing names.
This is a very worthwhile initiative, particularly so in the Credit Union focus on community.
Our congratulations to everyone who has made this happen.
- Salmond finds irresistible his ‘dark star’ of London and his reviled Westminster
You will find that we have consistently been pretty excoriating on ‘Labour’s woes’.
Johann Lamont’s parting shot could not be more accurate – that Labour’s Westminster MP cadre has not understood at all that the driver of politics in the UK at the moment is Scotland and not Westminster.
If they cannot grasp that and recalibrate what passes for their thinking on that premise, they will not have earned support.
- South Kintyre by-election
How do the Greens feel about the extent to which the SNP and its followers are simply taking ownership of them – like a flower in the SNP buttonhole?
They decorate it well, of course, and did sterling service in the indy referendum, keeping mum at all costs – but they are paying the price of their lunch now.
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