Comment posted Misleading instructions to voters: is Duncan Macintyre trawling for 4th preference votes? by newsroom.
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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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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- Is this the ultimate dream Scottish property? Golfers will agree.
We admit to total ignorance of golf and so accepted without question this sentence in the information Savills sent us, outside of the property sale details:
‘Complete with eight tee blocks and six greens, the par 57 parkland course is challenging yet welcoming to all skill-levels alike.’
Following your information above, we found in the sale details a reference to the course as ‘the former Par 3′ course.
We will undertake to ask Savills for an authoritative rating for the course; and will add the answer here.
Is is normal or acceptable practice to describe a six hole course as an eighteen holer, if you choose to go around three times?
If this is the case, why aren’t all of Argyll’s highly scenic nine holers – like Bute and Tiree, for example – claiming to be 18 holers?
- Police Scotland Lochgilphead: police reports for week to 29th June 2015
This isn’t discriminatory, Stuart.
Police Scotland Lochgilphead is very well organised and sends us their police reports for Mid-Argyll every week – so this wouldn’t include any of the other areas where, as you suggest, there is indeed plenty going on.
- Best Environment Project Award for Helix Park and the Kelpies
They are, aren’t they.
Was the smell from the canal?
- Western Ferries: history and valediction
Yes. it was 19.00 to 20.30 at Livingstone’s in John Street in Dunoon – but this may have been an invitation and press launch.
Last night’s was the event the above article was born from.
Pity you missed the launch – but from a quick preliminary scan, the book seems well worth reading.
- A814 community not informed on road-resurfacing
We assume it would help you too if you were informed in advance?
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