Hooray for the coalition and the honest-as-the-day-is-long postie …

Comment posted on SNP’s Coalition for Progress now has a majority – 19 councillors by Catherine Gillies

Hooray for the coalition and the honest-as-the-day-is-long postie McCuish. Looking round the virtual room containing them all I see so many people I trust. I can’t remember when we last had a council ruling group I could say that about! Now I am going to burn their ears off about protecting our amazing heritage and celebrating our astounding culture. Who will they get to lead that particular charge?

Recent comments by Catherine Gillies

  • Audit Scotland report on Argyll and Bute Council now available
    If you know my political affiliation than you are way ahead of me. I never vote the same way twice!
  • Audit Scotland report on Argyll and Bute Council now available
    Hardly!! You would need a thicker skin than I’ve got, and also have to prepared to compromise and wheeler-deal which I would be hopeless at. There would be no changing anything without joining the old guard. And they wouldn’t accept a mouthy woman – anathema!
  • Audit Scotland report on Argyll and Bute Council now available
    Various things have depressed me about this prolonged period of political upheaval, and this audit report simply rounds up the chaos which we can all see.

    Firstly we finally got rid of the old guard who had presided for so long over a static, old fashioned, narrow-minded and eternally mysogenist administration.

    Then we got a set of newbies, some of whom had good fire in their bellies, but not enough political ability to cope with the wrecking ball which a few of the old guard (who had honed their old boys club for a very long time)managed to continue to swing. Nor enough political ability to make anything stick though lord knows some tried.

    Now the old guard are back. We can look forward to A&B continuing to disappear into a dot on the dusty horizon in the national context.

    Never mind what the political affiliations were, this was only ever about petty power and personal gain from chairmanships of committees. People desperate to get back up the tree. Nothing whatsoever to do with the good of the communities in A&B, nor the future of this place.

    I am reminded of the Maggie Thatcher jibes about parish councils, and feel saddened that A&B isn’t even run as well as that. Personal fiefdoms, parochial powers, self-serving internal politicking, and so much ignorance – of how it should be, how it could be, and how we as the A&B communities would like it to be.

  • Labour announces formidable candidate for Argyll for 2015 General Election
    All of the above makes me feel that Mary Galbraith deserves a medal for standing for election in Argyll and Bute.

    Nil illegitimi carborundum.

  • How do you write a tender and appoint a bidder when you know nothing about the subject yourself?
    I might add that the terms of the tender were drawn up in consultation with a steering group made up of people from within the arts and heritage sector in Argyll – so collectively they DO know what they are doing. I wasn’t on it (as I declared an interest) but it had/has a lot of good people on board.
    I do know that HIE and A&BC put cash into the process, which is good, but I am not sure who was on the panel for assessing the tenders.
    Instead of mystery and accusation around procurement I think we should all share knowledge – after all it is a matter of public money and interest, and everybody INCLUDING the procurer is better protected in the end if there are no secrets.

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39 Responses to Hooray for the coalition and the honest-as-the-day-is-long postie …

  1. A new dawn – I just hope that the SNP group don’t ever forget that once upon a time they were in bed with Walsh & co, and resist any future temptations to make inappropriate pacts with unsuitable partners – or their past will come back to haunt them.

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    • The example of the Alliance should never be forgotten in terms of a descent into ‘anything goes’ that should never be replicated.
      The best guarantee is Roddy McCuish’s nature which has been steadfastly honest. The challenge for him will be to hang on to that in the face of anything – and that is bound at some point to bring its difficulties.
      We have all seen politicians who have become little more than holograms after selling off any semblance of integrity. It is hard – now – to imagine the straightforward Roddy McCuish committing or permitting any departure in that direction.
      We will be as much on watch with this administration as with any other. And, as we have said, the presence of the Argyll First group is both reassurance and canary.
      It is not the number of bodies in the coalition that matters, it is the substance of those bodies.

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  2. Crazy; Hope you’ve got your tin hat on for when the surfers and trolls start throwing their toys out of their cots!!
    Voters in Dunoon have a clear choice now, conflict or Coalition for Progress.

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  3. No fair!!
    There goes my hope of a SUPER School based in H’burgh which can accomodate 199000 children from sunday evening to friday afternoon.
    Mortons? are you reading this??

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  4. Hooray for the coalition and the honest-as-the-day-is-long postie McCuish. Looking round the virtual room containing them all I see so many people I trust. I can’t remember when we last had a council ruling group I could say that about! Now I am going to burn their ears off about protecting our amazing heritage and celebrating our astounding culture. Who will they get to lead that particular charge?

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    • you will not be alone Catherine… there was plenty of support for what we have in the landscape around us this weekend by the Scottish Place Names Society conference.
      Some of us may only be small voices but together we have the most vital message to shout about.

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  5. To quote Private Fraser,”We’re doomed”.

    I predict that turnout in Cowal will be very low. The exercise will be largely pointless.

    It certainly raises the question of whether in the case of the death of a candidate the whole council election should be postponed and not just the ward.

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  6. OK, wishlist time! Who do we want in the leadership roles?

    I think George Freeman should definitely get some kind of leaders post back for all that he lost and gave up.

    We need able people to deal with the Officers who unexplicably think they are in charge – hahaha – to be a fly on the Kilmory walls this morning!

    Answers on a postcard

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  7. Friday evening I was feeling a bit deflated with the results. Come Monday and I am euphoric. Same results but a different outcome. I am so glad that Cllr Elaine Robertson has joined the Coalition (the good one that is!). She is held in great respect in North Argyll but her membership of the Alliance was straining relationships. Early signs that Roddy is going to make an excellent leader of the Council.

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  8. What a breath of fresh air we now have to get the good guys back in Cowal on Thursday and really give Dick Welsh the message closed door nepotism in our council is finished

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  9. Great news. Hope they put James Robb in charge of the Helensburgh and Lomond Area Committee.

    Small point: Rosneath’s Robert McIntyre is not new to local politics. He represented Rosneath and Clynder on a previous local authority.

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  10. Good morning folks how about some predictions.
    Dick Walsh will pull out of the election on Thursday as he would rather do the garden now.
    Duncan MacIntyre will retire and buy a boat to tour the west coast looking for potential pontoon sites.
    By election in the North and with the backing of Lowry and JayC, Donald Melville will sail in with the help of his new kayak.
    Or will Easdale go for Independence and elect Duncan as El Presidentee? Who said life in Argyll was quiet, all we need now is Trump moving to Tiree to build a new golf course and Murdock to buy the Oban Times and we have the lot.
    Power to the People.

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    • Awww thanks for thinking of me but alas I’m in the wrong ward for my vote to count. Power to the people, well 93% of them anyway! Have a nice day.

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  11. I would not be so hasty. Mr Walsh has, in the past, shown himself to be a very shrewd operator. And it is not unheard of for people who did think they would go with one grouping to then change their minds.

    So while this McCuish coalition looks *probable*, I would wait until after the Dunoon count before cracking open the bubbly.

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  12. For Neil MacIntyre and Mairi, there are some members of the Alliance who are “person non grata” and who would not be welcomed into the new coalition. Prior to Friday there were six. That has now reduced to four. It does not take a genious to work out who they are.

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  13. Hi DB, your “drunken lecture” and the advice from other community contacts on Friday and Saturday would have helped. I did spend some time on the phone late on Saturday night and standing on Peaton Hill on Sunday morning explaining the various options to Robert. I have no doubt that along with me, he has taken the best decision as far as his constituents are concerned. After all, it is our communities and our constituents who are the most important people.

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  14. Well, well – it looks like a new administration in Kilmory. The best of luck to them – given the challenges the area faces – they’ll certainly need it.

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  15. I hope the new coalition brings the new approach that Kilmory needs and the correct persons are given the jobs that will turn round Argyll and Bute and help people who elected this new grouping

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