Comment posted Argyll and Bute Council: the empire strikes back with Argyll facing worst of all options by Bob Chicken.
One has to ask where the LibDems are in this piece. They say that they are a “progressive” party yet don’t want to take part in a “progressive” alliance.
Surely after their experience with the previous “regressive” alliance they would jump at the chance of supporting the progressive alternative.
They are working with SNP and Scottish Labour led administrations (e.g.Highland Council) the length and breadth of Scotland yet don’t seem to want to work with the SNP here. Surely compromise is in the nature of local politics – get the best deal for your constituents and fight their corner for them without compromising your core principles.
So, are they progressive or are they just Tories in sheep’s clothing?
I haven’t seen any statement from them or the Tories saying which core principles would be compromised by working with the Progressive Alliance.
Perhaps they and the Tories are concerned that the, no doubt, passionate and hard fought referendum debate over the next two and a bit years could sour working relationships. If so they should say so.
Perhaps it is the SNP or their partners that are uncompromising and getting in the way of a deal?
Surely it is better to either thrash out a deal with the largest group and rule out the uncertainty or make a clear statement as to why you can’t achieve a deal so that we all understand why?
Recent comments by Bob Chicken
- Land Reform Review Group’s Interim Report – an empty envelope addressed to a dead letter box
Nice one Newsroom! This centuries old sore in Scottish Law really needed a healthy airing again.
The interim report stems from the failure of the Scottish Government to address the problems created by Lord Gill’s 2 rulings.
The Scottish Government had a good opportunity to amend the legislation in March 2012, when the Agricultural Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill came up for debate in the Scottish Parliament. Despite appeals from opposition members and others the SNP seemed to deliberately ignored the perceived errors in the original 2003 Land reform act.
They preferred to, half-heartedly, set up an appeal which then made any further parliamentary discussion sub judice. Thus they effectively booted any worthwhile reform legislation into the post-2014 long grass.
- Argyll and Bute Council: Where are we now?
Graeme-in what way? Does this mean that you are a tad moved by recent events? Or do you consider them to be of ‘brown trouser’ signifigance for all reasonsble SNP supporters out there?
- Argyll and Bute Council: Councillor McCuish leads again
Webcraft – Surely it was direct rule from Holyrood that caused the problem in the first place!
- Loch Fyne Whiskies sold
A great pity that Richard is selling up. He has done a terrific job with Loch Fyne Whiskies and his choice of stock has brought a lot of pleasure to many of us!
- Care Accolade 2013 recognition for Argyll and Bute Council Community Dementia Team
Well done the Dementia Team – thoroughly deserved recognition for all your efforts.
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