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

Some fair points Ken.
But what Happens when a councillor like Mary Jean Devon, jumps from one party to the next, is that the standard we look for. Surely if we want to increase the turnout and change the perseption of politics for our younger people we have to set the bar higher than we are at this moment.
Sadly it has taken the schools issue to highlight what levels some of our present councillors will stoop to just for the sake of a little power and a few quid.Adding a councillor to score a point might not always work in your favour,time will tell.As for our Island councillors I have been at many community council and residents meetings since the last election but I certainly have not seen Gordon Chalmers, Mary Jean at one or two yes, but they are supposed to be councillors for Oban South.I doubt they could find Glencruitten.
Just my thoughts but looking forward to seeing what the local reaction is at the election.Hopefully one way or another the change will come.
Power to the People.

neil macintyre also commented

  • The financial point from Phil is spot on, how could you encourage younger people to get involved before if they have to live on fresh air and expenses.The number of councillors to a ward might give you choice but if you don’t see them from one election to the next what good is that.The Islands should have their own ward and be able to deal with the different aspects of Island life themselves.I think the story about 12 or 15 councillors heading to Islay for a half hour meeting tells its own story.
    First past the post,nice and simple.
    Like a one question referendum,Power to the People.
  • Like it Ken and thanks Larry I was sure you were getting mixed up.The election is getting more interesting every day.
    The feedback I get is that they are not very clear on how the numbered voting works and why you have to be careful how you rate your choice.If they like two or three people the same they think that number they put them down in doesn’t matter.Also if they just vote for one person will it be valid.
    Just some of my responses when canvassing, will the staff on the day have time to give a short briefing to people coming into vote?
    Cheers Neil.
  • For Ken and Anne.
    Thanks for your response.I have a Large following among the ladies in Oban so wouldn’t be surprised if it’s hanging on a bedroom wall somewhere.Keep the faith the change is here.
    Power to the People.
  • I hope Larry has his MacIntyre’s mixed up! Noticed earlier today I have had one of my lovely banners stolen or just ripped down! Do you think I am annoying people! ha!ha!
    They were beautifully made by Mark Gowdie at Digital Kangaroo. Although I am certainly biased, they were the best on show. If someone really wanted them all they had to do was ask – I know they could be collectors items in the future. Obviously someone with no interest in “Time for Change” but they can keep ripping them down, the message will still be there. I have my party workers on the look out for them anyway. Power to the people, even with no banners.

Recent comments by neil macintyre

  • Kieron Green wins Oban North and Lorn by-election to Argyll and Bute Council
    Brilliant news Kieron.
    As the leader of the Labour group in the council I look forward to working with you and I hope it will encourage more young people to come forward to help change the council.
    To have to give up your job for this shows how committed you are.
    Our early morning leaflet delivery must have helped.

    Cheers Neil.

  • The Argyll budget crisis and the failure to abandon game playing
    Right on the money Linda.
    I certainly felt sorry for the parents watching what was just a pantomime last Thursday.
    The cuts to special needs support and classroom assistants will never go ahead and should never have been put in the consultation in the first place.As you rightly say when the hard decisions have to be made we have everyone jumping ship but no surprise there.
    As for councillors expenses which Michael Russell is keen to cut he needs to get his SNP colleagues on the council to agree.
    When Councillor Freeman asked for support to stop increases to responsibility payments only 5 councillors supported him which I was one.
    The SNP councillors sat on there hands and did not vote apart from one who registered a NO vote.
    Councils across Scotland are having to make very hard decisions due to lack of cash and in Argyll we have to concentrate all our efforts to save as many jobs and services that we can and that should be the priority not the sad political games being played by the three tenors.

    Cheers Councillor Neil MacIntyre.

  • How to kill one of the most important businesses for Oban: Arygll and Bute Council strikes again
    Interesting article newsie and its great that it has generated so much interest.
    Mr MacLeod will be coming along to the business day next week to discuss his access, not the new building, which he is not against.
    His problem is with the open space which he thinks Will affect his business.
    Mr MacLeod on the 17th of December in a very friendly correspondence with Roddy on a different matter asked if the council could be persuaded to buy him out, as it would save on car parking and hassle.
    Signing off with “Awra best Alan”.
    Taking a slagging on different issues is part of the job so I am fine with that but I think on this one it would have been nice to be asked for our side of the story, to give it a bit of balance.
    It might not be everyone,s cup of tea but badly needed toilets and showers incorporated in the building will help visitors and locals alike. I like the idea of just pedestrians along the pier side as there is very little room on that side and I am sure it will help the tourist office at the Columba corner.
    I certainly can,t see how this development will stop people from finding and enjoying these fine restaurants and now that we have the Transit Marina plans taking shape and the work on Stafford Street ready to go I hope people will enjoy the changes.

    Cheers Neil.

  • Breslin sticks to the trail on Castle Toward and exposes more council manoeuvres
    Obviously I will be supporting Mary in her campaign for election next year but with Roddy being approached to stand and the financial backing in place if he takes up the offer it would certainly make the election debates a minefield of information.
    I hope he gives it a go he will not win but just imagine the crack.
    Well all the best for the New Year folks it has been an enjoyable few months since I was elected I have certainly found working with everybody has been pretty straightforward on the committee’s I am involved with which is great and the way it should be.
    Linda I promised you an interview to go over my first few months
    in the council and see how things have gone.
    If it’s okay with you it would be better to wait till Castle Toward, Rockfield and Kilbowie are concluded then I can talk openly on them along with the Chord and TIF projects.
    Hope it stays dry for the street party in Oban and again Happy New Year to everyone.

    Cheers Neil.

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    Brilliant Mary it is great news for Argyll.

    Cheers Neil.

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