Comment posted 11th April: George Berry chairing hustings for Oban Wards 4 and 5 by Ken MacColl.
Poor old Simon has discovered that life is not fair!
I find most of those you name to be constructive but
I think your constant apologia for a cack handed administration is irritating and suspect that you have more involvement with it than you are prepared to admit.
Ken MacColl also commented
- The hustings on Wednesday was not organised by the SNP but their candidates for the Lorn wards had the courtesy and the political nous to attend to answer to whoever came along.It is known as accountability within the democratic process.The opportunity to respond to this was there for Messrs MacIntyre and MacKay and they ducked it. At least Elaine Robertson was prepared to defend her actions and while she was questioned about her actions she was not treated harshly.
As Ian MacLean states above there was no suggestion made that the Airport should be closed but certainly the desperate need for intelligent, committed and informed marketing was identified so that the considerable number of flights from the leisure flying industry be attracted back to what was once a profitable and well run, award winning facility.Private flying is a burgeoning sector.
The loss of the seaplane is yet another example of the lack of imagination and an inability to recognise potential. It is a huge reverse for Oban but the present administration is deaf to suggestion and unwilling even to approach the allies that exist in the Scottish government.
The Council pontoon proposal was similary constructively questioned as it would add nothing to what is already provided and simply create an additional cost of borrowed monies when a similar proposal-roundly condemned and opposed by the present administration- could be utilised and assisted at the other side of the North Pier.
- Why ask then?
- For the record “Ian” MacIntyre is actually Neil MacIntyre.
- Lowry’s account of the above hustings is so selective , personal and inaccurate as to be comical.As George Berry had organised the event it was inevitable that he would use some of the chair’s time in indicating his slant but he did certainly overdo this.
Those candidates who were present were each given the opportunity to comment on several aspects of Council work. The feedback from the audience conveyed general frustration and dissatifaction with the present administration
The most ndisheartening feature of the evening was the absence of sitting councillors Duncan MacIntyre and Neil Mackay who not only failed to attend but lacked the courtesy of contacting the organisers.
I did not see any presence from either the Oban Times or ObanFM and wonder at their ability to report on local news if they feel able to miss such an event.
- Fat chance of that!Far easier to snipe from the sidelines and from behind a wall of anonymity.
May not this be the perfect opportunity for Mr Berry to reveal the identity of the (allegedly) offending councillor – who is not to be there (allegedly)?
This event has been well publicised and for long enough ahead for all the candidates to make arrangements to be present. Those who are busily claiming in their publicity leaflets to be our “voice in local government” have an positive obligation to be there.
The way the local media reports on this -if at all- should be revealing.
Recent comments by Ken MacColl
- The Stones, The Stars and Professor Thom
Genuinely sorry to miss this talk but Putechan Lodge is a long haul from Oban!
Professor Sandy Thom is the grandfather of my sister-in-law and was a genuine polymath-with wideranging interests and considerable expertise in engineering, mathematics, astronomy, sailing and almost any other field that attracted his interest.He was truly “a living example of the power of a flexible mind and a versatile disposition.”
During the war he worked on the aereodynamics of fighter aircraft.
Only after retiring from the Professorial Chair of Engineering Science at Oxford did he devote his undivided attention to one of his many other interests, the locatin and distribution of megalithic monuments across the west coast of Scotland and further afield.He worked closely with Marion Campbell in Mid Argyll. He is considered to be the father of archaeoastronomy.
If you are able, go to the talk and enjoy.
Then support the campaign to safeguard the Sighthill Stone Circle.
- Disappointing stunting from Michael Russell
And, W.S., if you reveal your name, will we be entitled to make assumptions or presumptions about your ethnicity -as if it should matter?
- Another question for Andrew Mitchell
Were it not for whistleblowers and serious investigative jounalists-for too few around at present-we would know far less about those entrusted with our government.
- Campbell Cameron: Saying Yes
Pot, kettle , black….responding to Gus mackay is rarely a productive exercise but could I suggest that while the march was in support of Independence for Scotland, those who carried placards stating “YES” were in support of that cause.
My family had a long tradition of active support for the Labour party in Argyll and I recall how my father used to explain to me when I was a child the importance of countries like India and Ireland gaining control over their own destiny. Mind you he also spoke about the obscenity of nuclear weapons and the massive importance of the NHS and the principle that care should be free at the point of delivery.At that time the abolition of the House of Lords was a stated aim of the party.As a working class boy who got to university he would have been appalled at the notion of the Labour Party introducing student fees. I suspect that he would not have been singularly unimpressed with either Blair or Brown.
Devolution, even in times of financial stricture, has mostly worked well for Scotland and it has worked best in those areas where services, like Health and Education are in our Holyrood’s control and our own priorities are able to be addressed – contrast those with the chaos under Westminster control! The progression to independence is part of the process started in 1999 and perhaps the most significant factors of Saturday’s rally were the contributions from Dennis Canavan, Ruth Wishart and the growing Scottish Labour for Independence movement.
- Campbell Cameron: Saying Yes
I am the bloke in the blue fleece and I am entitled to look older than Campbell Cameron for the simple reason that I am considerably older.
Campbell is as hale and hearty as ever.
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