Comment posted Misleading instructions to voters: is Duncan Macintyre trawling for 4th preference votes? by Ken MacColl.
If you genuinely believe that you know what most voters want how about predicting the outcome of the Oban wards for next week?
If you want an illustration of how politics have changed over the years I recall living in Lochgoilhead at the end of the 60s. The local MP for Argyll was none other than the Hon Michael Noble, Secretary of State for Scotland and he was truly local as he lived in Cairndow just over the hill. At the 1970 General Election Mr Noble visited the village and spoke to around 60 folk in the village hall explaining the vital importance of ensuring that he and his party was re-elected. When the Chairman asked for questions at the close an elderly shepherd rose and asked the MP why it had taken him all of 4 years since the last election for him to call upon his Lochgoilhead electors.
After a faltering response Mr Noble departed the meeting in some haste.
He survived that particular election but stood down to become Lord Glenkinglas before the seat was lost in February 1974.
Elected members pay far more attention to their constituents those days or they pay the consequences.
Ken MacColl also commented
As you seem to think that you know what voters want and tell us so with some regularity I merely asked you to put your knowledge on the line. You have done so and we will see, in due course, how accurate your predictions are.
I don’t have that particular conceit although I admit to my own opinions sincerely held. I am content to wait for the voters’ verdicts
- You have to trust the voters, give them as much information as possible, and accept their verdict.I would not claim to know all the answers.
That much I have learned over the years.
I am not The Donald
- Oh dear what a short memory some people have, harking back to the good old days when we were represented by a random selection of crusty colonels and retired businessmented, if an election arose, from the old undemocratic FPP system, so beloved of Westminster. Local government now has a much more direct line to our government, if used properly, many more complex issues to be dealt with and is far more accessible to the electors if they are interested enough to engage.Island issues are not separate from mainland issues although they may reflect slightly different emphasis – confining their councillors would only isolate them and make their representation less effective.
I had not previously heard of it but the story of 15 councillors heading for Islay for a half hour meeting does indeed tell a story. It suggests that A&BC need to make better use of the video conferencing facilities that are available.
If certain members in a multi-member ward duck their responsibilities – fail to make themselves available for cross examination, for instance- the remedy is clearly in the hands of the electors and the opportunity for such action is close at hand
Self delusion is a trap for all aspiring politicians.
I noticed that your poster near the Guide Hall jn Oban was missing on Saturday. The SNP has experienced regular instances of people taking down / dumping our posters and banners over the years although nothing this year so far.It is a particularly juvenile response to the democratic process but sadly one that exists within our society.
During the election last year one member of the public who was displaying an SNP banner in a prominent situation on his property received an anonymous phone call suggesting that they might encounter “difficulty” with a pending planning application if the banner was not removed.
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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