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
- SNP MP calls for UK Conservative-Lib Dem coalition to continue for a further year
I am still reading my way through the white paper
One of the first impressions that I got was that the timetable is unworkably tight and badly thought through.
In the unlikely event of a Yes victory there would be 18 months to complete the most complex negotiations to untangle the legal, financial, military and political relationships that currently bind us together. Then, there would have to be the horse trading over the costs and financing of it all. Finally there would have to be the drawing up of new treaties, arrangements & agreements with the UK, EU, NATO, UN and many others.
In the middle of all of this falls a general election and a probable change of government & at the end of it a further election to the Scottish Parliament.
All of this was known when the timetable was drawn up.
- Labour take 2013 Dunfermline by-election for Scottish Parliament
Congratulations to Cara Hilton and the magnificent Scottish Labour team whose hard work made this victory possible.
Graeme. I spent a couple of days canvassing in Dunfermline. It was very clear that the fear of separation was a major issue for voters there. It was also a substantial factor in the 9% swing to Labour in Donside.
Also worth bearing in mind that the SNP conference only finished a few days ago & their promises to turn Scotland into a land of milk & honey didn’t deflect the voters of Dunfermline from rejecting them.
- Restoration funding for Campbeltown’s glorious town hall
Well done eveyone involved in putting the bid together – great job.
- Audit Scotland report: work in progress an oasis of reason
At risk of sounding thoroughly boring here is a quote from Argyll and Bute Labour’s manifesto for the 2012 council elections:-
“Argyll and Bute Labour want to create just, fair, open and effective local government for the people of Argyll and Bute by fighting for:
A full member review to design 5 year strategy by September 2012.
Each Department to have carried out a 5 year strategy review and make recommendations by December 2012
All meetings involving Council Members to be fully minuted and available on line, jargon-free within 5 working days
All papers for Council meetings to be available on line at least one week beforehand
All full council meetings to be fully recorded by December 2012
To involve community groups much more closely in council strategy and decision making
The setting up of a Strategy Group of council members and appropriate community groups, to oversee strategic reviews, monitor the progress of the resultant strategies and publicly hold the responsible Council Members and officers to account for their success or failure.”
Perhaps that would have been a proper way to start to deliver more effective democratic governance to the people of Argyll and Bute?
The full version can be found here http://forargyll.com/2012/04/labour/
- Transport Minister asked to reconvene A83 Task Force
Short & Sweet – So the fact that it goes to Campbeltown is of no importance at all then?
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