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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- Jock Dempster: hell and healing – two voyages to Murmansk
Mrs Strachan, we’re sorry to have to tell you that Jock Dempster died at the start of May 2013.
If you contact the helpful and knowledgeable staff at the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum project at Loch Ewe – via their website – http://www.russianarcticconvoymuseum.co.uk/wp/ – they will be able to help you.
- Oban South and the Isles to ready for by-election as Councillor Hall stands down
We have had it confirmed by Councillor McCuish that he does not intend to stand in the by-election in Oban South and the Isles.
Here’s a thought.
Supposing Councillors McCuish and Devon did stand down for re-election in this ward….
That would leave this large and sprawling ward [which includes Tiree and Coll out in the Atlantic] for eight weeks or so – in the sole charge of Councillor Alastair MacDougall from Mull [and an alarm clock}.
- A83 9th March: slope stabilisation work underway at Rest and Be Thankful
The emergency diversion route is always available to the emergency services, even when it is closed to other traffic.
It has been engineered with strategic lay-bys to allow both emergency vehicles and convoy traffic to use, snabling the fastest passage through by emergency services, even when a convoy is on the route.
During the working up period of the road, we watched a test usage scenario with convoy traffic going one way and emergency vehicles going the other way.
It seemed to work efficiently on that occasion, with discussions going on between both parties at appropriate points of conjunction.
The communications between the convoy leader and the emergency servces are obviuosly important.
- UK response to the Russia-Crimea situation: selfies, posturing and dangerous old hat
It depends on the timeframe - but there was Ireland, a near neighbour invaded.
More recently, the virtually licensed gerrymandering of constituencies and electoral malpractice in Northern Ireland came too close for comfort to the description of the installation of a puppet government. What is Hamid Karzi in Afghanistan, if not a puppet? And the post Saddam Hussein Iraqi regimes?
And no one would claim that the UK has never sown minefields. We cannot adopt an attitude that sowing minefielde well out of our own range is OK where close to home is not.
When you live in a country, as we all do here, you understand it and you interpret what it does in the light of that understanding.
We need to understand that people who live in Russia - and the Crimea, Ukraine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, America, North Korea, Israel, Pakistan... - all interpret their own countries' actions in the light of their insider understanding of it.
We all seem reasonable to ourselves - and we all have our minorities who see things differently and are as right or as wrong as the rest.
It's all about context.
Today's Sunday Times has a half page photograph of Vladimir Putin, photoshopped into a black and white outline, with a jutting AKA 47 [or such like] held at waist height – and against a background flooded in blood red.
We have to keeo our eyes open and see just how we are being manipulated into a fear of Russia and into a repeat cold war demonisation of a state that, in actuality, is working to secure itself against its genuine vulnerabilities.
As we have said above, it is in NO ONE’S interests to see a destabilised or weakened Russia and to see failing the country that is the agent of stability in Eastern Europe.
- A83 situation 7th March
Updates on A83 situation on 8th March are here: http://forargyll.com/2014/03/a83-situation-8th-march/
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