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Comment posted Misleading instructions to voters: is Duncan Macintyre trawling for 4th preference votes? by Ken MacColl.

As long as the preference of the voter is clear and there is no ambiguity, an “X” as first preference would be likely to be accepted; but the final decision is at the discretion of the Returning Officer

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  • Phil,

    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

  • Phil,

    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.

  • 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

  • Neil,

    Beware!!
    Self delusion is a trap for all aspiring politicians.

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    My thanks should, of course, have been to Robert Wakeham who contributes regularly and always has the courtesy to associate his name to his opinions.
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    Thank you ,Hugh.

    I stopped contributing, or indeed reading, FA some time ago as I can’t see the point of repeatedly inane comments from a small group of anonymous armchair critics-the contribution from OBAN4ME illustrates that in spades. For his/her information the audience was self selecting from the public and the questioners were chosen at random. There was an opportunity for around 30 minutes following the meeting for further interaction between public and elected members. The contrast between the conduct of this event and the closed shop cabals of the likes of Gordon Brown or PM Cameron are revealing.

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    Glad to see that Brendan O’Hara was able to squeeze in a mention of the Scottish Cabinet visit to Oban and Lorn on Monday. This was the seventh time that the Cabinet had met outside Edinburgh combining official business with various engagements across the area from school and housing projects, innovative energy developments and service providers.
    All this culminated in an open public meeting in the evening attended by more than 300 at the Atlantis Leisure Centre where the First Minister led her Cabinet in responding to an extensive open Q&A session followed by an informal opportunity for meeting with the cabinet members over tea and cake.
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    How sad to see that what started some years ago as an informative and sometimes challenging website has descended to this juvenile level of political commentary.
    Carries a distinct whiff of the Daily Mail.
    Certainly has no connection to the late and great Spike Milligan.

    “For Argyll?” In your dreams!

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