Comment posted Argyll First endorse Michael Breslin in Dunoon vote by Robert Wakeham.
Such is life when national party politics percolate down to local council level, and people seem to jump to conclusions about whether local councillors with party affiliations will or won’t slavishly follow the national party line in matters of local, not national relevance. And one councillor had the temerity to identify with a national party but join a non-aligned group on the council. To the gallows! I wonder how many people won’t be satisfied until local community councillors declare their national party sympathies, and won’t be satisfied unless the community councillors ensure that they follow the national party line?
Robert Wakeham also commented
- Seems a bit paranoid to me
- Ife – the proof of the pudding is in the eating; You insult the voters for Donald Kelly by assuming they didn’t know what they were voting for, when he’s an existing councillor with a proven track record and has changed neither party nor affiliations this time around. You seem to be in a right old muddle if you think that the SNP local councillors are in politics to break up the united kingdom – this notion makes the old cold war ‘reds under the bed’ paranoia look positively sane. You need to be let into the secret that local councillors are there to deal with local council matters – some might have ambitions to eventually levitate into national politics, but that’s hardly the point, is it?, they wouldn’t get a free transfer as there’s a small matter of getting elected, at which point you’d be free to scream blue murder as loud as you liked.
- A good illustration of the limitations of national party politics when it comes to local council policies. Aren’t a lot of other party politicians at local level really a disparate collection of independents by other names? The criticism of the alliance of independent councillors for behaving like a party after being elected as individuals – with no coherent shared aims other than to act in solidarity with their cronies (sharing the perks of government) and freeze out a substantial proportion of our elected representatives – was right, but aren’t there clear conflicts in trying to govern an area like this while standing on a national party ticket?
- Wasn’t there a time, not so long ago, when councillors were predominantly independents (at least, as far as the council agenda was concerned) and party politics at local council level in an area like Argyll was almost unheard of? Were councils then as bad as you suggest?
- And that’s putting it mildly.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
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Just remember that the ancient Greek city states were the cradle of democracy, and that – apart from WW2, the subsequent civil war and the military rule of the Colonels from 1967 to 1974 – Greek governments have been democratically elected and thus the Greek nation could reasonably be seen as accountable for the rottenness of successive governments, as well as the prevailing ingrained culture of tax dodging.
Just as the recent Westminster governments, with their less than honourable reluctance to confront large scale tax avoidance, can arguably be seen as reflecting the will of the people. As can the democratically elected councillors in Kilmory.
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And the track laying on the new Borders Railway is in the hands of a Dutch team, and the undersea broadband cable links laid up & down the West Coast last summer were in the hands of a French team, and the new submarine power cables from Hunterston to Kintyre are being laid by the Norwegian arm of a French multi-national.
- Ungritted A83 sees multiple vehicle offs
Maybe because, unlike in Alpine countries and Scandinavia, the snow here is usually localised and/or ‘here today & gone tomorrow’ – and people are surely wary of the hassle of having to repeatedly stop and put on / take off snow chains, or risk damage by driving with them on cleared roads.
- Scotland owes its welter of new powers to the No Thanks pro-union vote
The fact that ‘..nothing else was on the paper except YES’ was the real problem for me, as despite feeling very strongly that Scotland needs control of its own destiny there was no way that I’d be happy with total separation, and so for me the only reasonable solution would be a federal UK.
- Ungritted A83 sees multiple vehicle offs
Unwashed sand off a beach facing the open sea should be effective – but there’s quite a history on the West Coast of problems with beach sand being used, unwashed, in mortar and concrete to the later regret of the building owner.
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