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.
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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.
- 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.
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- Oban North Pier development – try this
Thank you, phill.You’ve always been a markedly fair contributor – and that includes when you are critical of us. We do learn lessons.
- Oban North Pier development – try this
Apologies for forgetting the Regent- which is something of a gem in its own right. We will add it at once to the article above.
And yes – we absolutely support the Macleod enterprise. Not many businesses invest so much of their own money into their own development. The norm is ‘other peoples money’. And these are attractive, high quality businesses that stoutly support the Oban experience for visitors and help to create the foundation for the repeat visits that benefit the town.
Also yes – when we support businesses, the free advertising this does give them is neither sought nor paid for. It is based on our independent judgment and, as such, is a considered endorsement of business initiative we judge to be exemplary and important for Argyll.
If any fell short of our expectations, we would be the first to challenge that negative slide.
Because there is real ability, real quality and real hope in a wide spectrum of Argyll businesses, one of the very positive contributions we can – and do – make, is to bring what they do to the attention of our substantial and lively audience. And, as with the Ninth Wave restaurant on Mull they don’t have to be big businesses.
As for the council, there is no value in gilding a decomposing organism.
As with our positive response yesterday to the Council’s initiative in developing air routes to Argyll and the Isles, we do look for signs of imagination and economic development attack – and support them. Here too we back our own judgment – and some have expressed their very different views on this particular development.
But this is a diseased council with no more trustworthy or any more capable alternative administration – and that is Argyll’s problem.
The best that we can do on anything is to use evidence to arrive at independent conclusions and positions on every issue we deal with – to make available the evidence for the conclusions at which we arrive and the positions we adopt.
There will be no-one and nothing we will not have both supported and offended – because no one and nothing is right all the time or wrong all of the time.
We are honest brokers, like us or detest us.
And. by the way – we were not suggesting putting a roof over McCaig’s tower – but roofing over a central area of it – well inside and below the height of the outer wall – and we did say that this is ‘blue skies thinking’.
We do not expect risk-averse and conservative Argyll to go for this [nor are we saying it should]. And we did not expect people to go for our sugestions of a road extension down to near Gallanach, a bridge there to Kerrera, with road development on the island, building a community there across the bay, with a twinkling night-time conversation going on – and stimulation for all sorts of new businesses.
We still see this as a more giving solution to the future of the bay communities of both Oban and Kerrera than is the frightful, heartless ghetto of the ‘Dunbeg corridor’ plan which will blight the signature deceptive approach to this surprising town, raking down and around its bay.
And at least these ideas, however dismissable, are thought propositions generating both debate and, we hope, new alternative solutions.
- Quarriers who put Easdale Island on the map may do so again
Congratulations on a dedicated and quite staggering volume of work well done – and on a voluntary basis.
We too look forward with excitement to new access to funding that will see this genuinely unique island heritage secured – and to access to expertise and promotional respurces that will see its value much more widely recognised.
Liaison with the Atlantic Islands Centre on Luing will be mutually beneficial.
With scheduling for Easdale and all that it can bring, the Atlantic Islands Centre will have a fabulous living museum, as well as the Slate Museum, on its doorstep to refer visitor to go and see.
- Analysis of Gourock-Dunoon ferry services confirms imperative for change
There is a technical problem with Argyll Flyer which amy account for this.
It is not expected to be prolonged and the company has said that it expects MV Coruisk to sail for her core duty on the Summer season run between Mallaig and Armadale on Skye, which starts on Friday 3rd April.
Coruisk has been acting as winter supplement on the Gourock-Dunoon service since December – as she did last year.
- When is Council going to replace the A814′s missing warning for HGVs?
As the article makes clear – large vehicles canot be prevented from using it because there will always be a genuine need for such vehicles to access a place or a property somewhere along that road.
But a clear ‘limitation of use’ notice puts the onus on drivers and gives Police Scotland’s traffic division reason to stop inquire and act accordingly.
Making the road one way for large vehicles, say south to north, would allow such access, deter casual convenience use by such vehicles and prevent stalemates when two meet.
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