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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

  • ForArgyll on Pause
    When ForArgyll went on to hold I was much saddened by its demise but always hoped that it would return and start putting our wee corner of the world to rights again.

    It has always been a challenging site which was not feart to cock a snook at authority and challenge popular opinion. It was not afraid to be wrong and was honest enough to admit when it was. It was something of a beacon in a journalistic world that has become so clouded by vested interests.

    I have often found myself challenged by this site. Its views have annoyed and delighted me in equal measure (and sometimes both at the same time!).

    We are now descending into the age of post-truth politics where a mendacious social media has taken over from even, vaguely honest, accountable politics and has the power to ensure the election of a carpet bagging, mendacious bully into the most powerful elected office on Earth. It is such a shame that this essentially honest and principled site has descended into a playground for a never-ending blame game between nationalists and unionists. It has become its own version of Groundhog day.

    I really would love to hear ‘Newsie’s’ opinion on events within and without Argyll again. ForArgyll deserves better than this!

  • Transport Minister answers Russell questions on CMAL’s management of maritime assets
    I note that, in the reply to question 1, Derek MacKay avoids any mention of community consultation. To date,community consultation seems to be notably absent from the tendering process.
  • 13th April Poll of Polls shows rise in anticipated SNP seats at Westminster
    Clearly you have a set of values that should stand you in good stead. Debate as hard as you like,just remember to try and avoid collateral damage when you do so.
  • 13th April Poll of Polls shows rise in anticipated SNP seats at Westminster
    I am not trying to make any political point. I work with vulnerable adults and see, on a daily basis, how these sort of comments just reinforce people’s prejudices and make life more difficult for those who already have more problems than most of us would care to imagine.

    I am sorry to see that you take this as a party political comment on my behalf. It was not meant that way. It is a huge issue for me – above party politics.

    In this election I am aware that most parties (including the SNP) have recognised that Mental Health is an area where much improvement is needed and I am delighted to see that it is getting much needed publicity (and, hopefully, funding) as a result.

    Perhaps I was rather harsh in the way I commented on your piece. Before I worked in this field I was as likely as anyone else to make similar ‘clever’ comments to yours. I hope I have learned my lesson. I also hope that you can find it in yourself to do the same.

  • 13th April Poll of Polls shows rise in anticipated SNP seats at Westminster
    Your ‘clever’ wee jibe employing stereotyped images of vulnerable people does neither your arguments, nor your party any favours at all.

    All it does is to increase the stigma that these folk suffer every day of their lives.

    Can I suggest that you refrain from such cheap jibes in future!

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