Comment posted McCuish announces details of ‘team fit to build recovery in Argyll and Bute’ by Bob Chicken.
Phil, I think you may need to edit your comment. The word “bllocks” either needs one less “L” or an additional “O”.
Sorry – couldn’t resist!
Bob Chicken also commented
- Oh yes, one more thing on the Social Care agenda. How about planning for returning the unique services of Neighbourhood Networks to our communities?
- If this is going to be a truly progressive alliance they will need to tackle the iniquitous social care charging system as a matter of urgency.
An independent survey has shown that it charges some of the highest rates in Scotland. It seems to regularly bill service users for services they haven’t received and appears to have been designed by the finance department for the finance department and not for the service users or their care managers.
Either by luck or design the Progressive Alliance has made an inspired choice in Anne Horn as the champion for vulnerable adults. I hope that her sound understanding of their problems, allied to her well known propensity for hard work, will start to overcome many of the problems of social care and bring more fairness to the system.
Recent comments by Bob Chicken
- 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.
- 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/
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