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Comment posted Argyll First endorse Michael Breslin in Dunoon vote by Dr Douglas McKenzie.

From the information given above (especially from John) it sounds as if Mr Russell was merely saying that IF there was a problem with transferring funding from a new campus project to a refurbishment programme then he, as MSP, would do his utmost to sort it out.

I think Integrity put his finger on this earlier: this was a cheap attempt by Mr Walsh to score a political point over Mr Breslin by suggesting some form of dirty tricks by the SNP with the MSP favouring candidates from the SNP over the Council Leader who is not a member of the SNP but somehow implying that this information was deliberatively withheld from Mr Walsh for political purposes.

I repeat, Mr Walsh should have been entirely conversant as to what could and could not be done with the grants, not just because it is in his ward, not just because he was the leader of the Council but because his officials should have made sure he was aware of the limitations and opportunities that the grant from the SG posed for the Council in terms of its freedom of action.

I wonder if someone suggested to Mr Walsh that the funding could not be vired within the project area as they did not want the possibility of refurbishment to be even considered?

Dr Douglas McKenzie also commented

  • I was only giving what sounded like a possible interpretation of what was said: I was not at the meeting and haven’t talked to anyone involved (indeed was basing that interpretation largely on what you yourself wrote).
    I don’t think there really is anything in this.
  • David: It is the job of the Council’s unelected officials to inform the Council leader what can and cannot be done with funding, not the MSP. You are just highlighting the ineptitude of ABC when it comes to public finance and was well illustrated during the schools debacle over GAE and during the block grant crisis.

    For the now former Council Leader to be pleading ignorance on the basis that he was not informed by Mr Russell either as the MSP or Minister is frankly humiliating but it does remind me of Mr Walsh’s similar whining over the block grant, where he blamed the SG for the mess he had himself voted for.

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    Your position is completely untenable.

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    I’m afraid you condemn yourself by your own words. I don’t think that anyone reading what you have written here and the language you have used would conclude anything other than that you have a deep dislike for Mr Russell and that dislike is leading you to basically lose all sense of either proportion or impartiality. It doesn’t matter how well (or otherwise) you know Mr Russell you are clearly exercised by your interpretation of his actions and it is leading you well beyond the pale in what I would consider fair comment.

    This vendetta against Mr Russell and the SNP is destroying FA’s credibility and I have to confess that I’m seriously considering whether or not to continue reading FA (which will cheer Malcolm up if nothing else). I for one am becoming increasingly disenchanted by the constant negativity and sheer nastiness that has crept into this blog. I say that with a lot more sorrow than anger because I think that FA could have been great and indeed still could but there has to be a degree of balance, civility and indeed humour. All we are getting here is bile and it is causing me heartburn.

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    To be honest, this post clearly shows that you are speaking from your personal dislike of Mr Russell rather than an unbiased analysis of the man. Phrases such as “publicity hungry coward” are well beyond what is reasonable comment.
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    You don’t seem to understand the separation of a MSP’s duty to his or her constituency and their responsibilities as a Government Minister.

    Yet again, this is another instance where a member of the Government can do no right: speak up and be condemned as “desperate” or stay silent and be accused of not serving your constituents’ interests.

    It is just as well that Mr Russell has broad shoulders!

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