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.
newsroom also commented
- 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.
Recent comments by newsroom
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Height correction being made now. Thank you.
- Food from Mull & Iona serving up for BOWfest tonight – the music starts tomorrow
Apologies – we had no intention of ignoring Food From Argyll;but we didn’t mention any of the contributors in the photo-piece on the event.
The prior pieces were highlighting the specific emergence of Food From Mull & Iona, which like Bute producers, has an island sub-identity that is working hard to showcase the quality of the food and food products they produce and grow these very appropriate businesses to help to sustain their island economies. Since Food From Mull & Iona is new, we were working to make sure people knew about them and about the success they achieved first time out.
- The independence campaign: personal gains and loss
For John Sinclair – comments under Comment 1 above.
The visceral love of place expressed in ‘Caledonia’ is something we ALL share.
The territorial taking exclusive possession of it by one half of this now divided country and the active attempt to dispossess the other half from feeling that it also speaks to them and for them [to me and for me] is proof of what I personally most fear.
‘Should I become a stranger’? Half of the population is being made strangers now.
As an Irish person who made a conscious decision to come and live in Scotland, familiar with the songs of emigrants that are part of the tonality of every culture with a diaspora, I have always heard ‘Caledonia’ as a song in that vein.
It never felt as if it was a song of division, a song that excluded me from those feelings and from this expression of them.
And if it has become that, I can’t accept that Dougie Maclean would effectively license ‘Caledonia’ as a musical guillotine separating ‘them’ from ‘us’.
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We noted in an earlier article that it takes about as long by air from London to Edinburgh as it does from Edinburgh to Lerwick.
- Andrew Argyle: Scots turkeys vote for Christmas
On the fishing issue, this report from a week ago, 6th September, is on the CEO of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, Bertie Armstrong, opening up on personal bullying he received at the hands of the First Minister when he was trying to get information on why the SNP’s policy on fishing has changed.
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