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
- Community volunteers sought to spread the word on new rights to social care
This is indeed a step in the right direction. The minefield of financial red tape surrounding self-directed support needs very careful & expert navigation for those in need of social care.
It could not come at a better time, particularly with a ruling group of Councillors who believe that funding for vulnerable adults is an option – not a necessity http://forargyll.com/?s=bedroom+tax .
I wish Becs all the best in her new role and can think of no-one better suited to it.
If anyone out there thinks that they can help, please get in touch with her ASAP!
- David Stewart writes to Cabinet Finance Secretary on ‘low pay loophole’ in public contracts
You may also add care and support staff to the list of those sub-contracted staff. These are the folk who have the difficult, complex and challenging task of looking after the most vulnerable in our society.
In many cases they are paid less than £7.00/hr & haven’t had a pay rise for 5 years.
- Parliamentary pressure on Transport Scotland over A83 vulnerability to landslides
It would be interesting to see what road safety/traffic management measures have been taken on the A83 outside a 4 radius of the Rest and be Thankful.
Here in Tarbert the community council asked for advice on extending the 30MPH speed limit from it’s current position to the West of Tarbert to the Carrick cemetery.
The only advice that we got was that they wouldn’t be doing it. It is yet another request for a sensible, inexpensive and comparatively simple.road safety improvement for our community that is being deposited in the waste bin.
It will have good company there alongside our requests for:-
• a safe pedestrian crossing
• flashing speed signs
• road widening
• improved pavements
• traffic control measures on Barmore Road
It would seem that the Scottish Government, our constituency MSP and Argyll & Bute Council are fixated on events around the Rest and Be Thankful and very little else!
Surely it’s high time for Transport Scotland to recall the A83 stakeholder group and hear a few home truths about their abysmal failure.
Our communities really do deserve better!
- Broadchurch actress reports Argyll hotel as ‘one of the most amazing’ in Independent Traveller magazine
Quite right too!
- 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.
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