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
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John, I’m not quite sure what your faux smear campaign on Mary Galbraith’s reputation is trying to achieve.
She is, quite rightly, proud of her record of public service. Just as Argyll and Bute Labour are proud to have a woman who values social justice; whose roots are deeply embedded in Kintyre; is a highly qualified economist of considerable national and international experience of the public and private sectors, standing as a candidate here.
You are quite right in one sense, Mary Galbraith does have a record with the UK government – an honourable one. She served as a member of the Senior Salary Review Body (SSRB) for 6 years. Her selection and appointment were done by an independent body, working to the Nolan Principles, to ensure that merit was what qualified applicants for the role.
She was the sole Scottish person on the SSRB at the time. This ensured that it maintained a pan-UK perspective. Initially the post was an unpaid one but in the first year attracted a fee of £300.00 per day. This rate remained static throughout the time she served on it. As you kindly pointed out this is all a matter of public record.
John, you and I both practised as consultants/advisors in the early 2000s and worked together quite effectively,on occasion. The going rate for public sector consultancy work locally was about the rate Mary was paid for advising on the pay and conditions of the most senior public employees in the UK. Indeed, I can remember paying a chef consultant £350 per day to train staff and advise on menus.
Forgive me if you think I am impugning your reputation as a consultant ( I’m not – you really knew your stuff) but I think that Mary was much better value for money to the public purse than either you or I were!
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So, keitho, you are expecting Mr O’Hara to be elected by the people of Argyll and Bute knowing that his commitment to them will always be secondary to his party – in all possible circumstances.
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Perhaps now would be a good time to ask Mr O’Hara in what circumstances he would sacrifice the good of his party for the needs of the people of Argyll and Bute?
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John, good to see you are following the activities of the Scottish Labour Party in Argyll and Bute with such intense fascination. I have no doubt we will continue to keep your interest up.
Our membership, both active and otherwise, throughout the constituency, including South Kintyre, has been steadily growing for a long time – and continues to do so.
Michael Kelly is a young candidate with excellent qualifications and the ability to think strategically about the future of South Kintyre. He lives and works in Kintyre and, like the rest of us, believes passionately that the removal of essential public services from Kintyre and Argyll must be reversed as a matter of urgency. We are delighted to have such a good candidate representing those views in South Kintyre and look forward to seeing him putting them into action.
Mary, Michael and the rest of our team have spent a considerable amount of time on the doorsteps of South Kintyre talking to people and get the strong impression that they are feeling very let down by the council and their representatives on it.
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Don’t apologise. I am well aware that EU regulations MAY create problems. Glasgow City Council appears to be getting round the legislation by saying they would give ‘material advantage’ to good who pay the living wage and, among other things, don’t use zero hours contracts.
To quote Patrick Harvie speaking on this subject “Sometimes it is necessary for governments to be willing to test the boundaries of what’s allowable.”
If you don’t try, you don’t get!
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