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
- 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.
- Campbeltown IS to get the white elephant ferry route
One of the lessons we all learned from the last Ballycastle service is that it’s important to develop the business to business links.
After the service had stopped, and prior to a 2nd attempt to get it going again, a survey was done with businesses on both sides of the North Channel. It was found that, despite a complete lack of encouragement to business trade, many links had been forged and that a surprising number of businesses had started trading on the other side.
It was also found that the short and sporadic seasonal nature of the service discouraged many traders from making any commitments. A number told us that they would be happy to trade across the water if the service ran on an 11 or 12 month basis.
There were also a lot of agricultural ties between the two sides. None of this was exploited by the ferry company. Indeed, one got the impression that they were actually anti-business.
If this service is to prosper there needs to be a concerted effort to make these vital business to business links with the mainland. Perhaps this is a good opportunity for HIE to lend a helping hand (and some serious seedcorn funding) to encourage local businesses to make a start.
Tourism is, of course, important, it provides the the icing for the cake. However it is the day to day trade links that will make this service work and, hopefully expand from the, less than generous, 3 days/week to the 5 to 7 day service that is really needed here in Kintyre.
- Struan Lodge closure proposal and costs confusion – have we not seen this before?
“When all of this unravelled through the dedicated researches of SRSN and of the newly formed and effective Argyll Rural Schools Network”
So,who is going to take up the sword, so effectively wielded by these bodies for the primary schools, on behalf of the old, the poor and the vulnerable as they are marched into the firing line?
- Troubling responses to the death of Margaret Thatcher
I find it a sign of a healthy democracy that, from the announcement of her death, the UK media and public expressed their true feelings about Thatcher, whether I agree with them or not.
A few young socialists showing their joy at the passing of such a divisive icon of British politics is surely to be applauded and not villified.
On the other hand, yesterday’s tributes in the Mother Of All Parliaments seemed designed as nothing more than a stage managed session of mutual self gratification for the Tory Members. It was just about saved from tooth rotting, sugary blandness by the contributions of Glenda Jackson, Michael Meacher, David Winnick and Angus Robertson.
However,the moment I enjoyed most, took place in the placid environs of the House of Lords where the true and lasting nature of the Tory Party really became apparent. Lord Tebbit, in the presence of Lord Howe, told us he regretted that “I left her at the mercy of her friends,”. The Chingford Polecat truly savaged the Dead Sheep!
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