Comment posted Council Elections: The count by newsroom.
Hard to know how this will play. In a low turnout, it’s the determined who vote.
How many of the general public are really determined to protect members of the Alliance of Independents from the just consequences of what they have done to Argyll?
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- Sorry Paula. That is flatly incorrect and you cannot therefore have any evidence for it whatsoever.
In our entire lifespan we have blocked fewer than 10 comments – and that’s allowing for memory loss. They have been blocked because they were fully actionable, scatological or smearing for political advantage.
We have also banned one person permanently because he persisted in clear libel in what was clearly a personal obsession that had nothing to do with anyone else.
We sin-binned another for a period for an instance of outrageously poisonous manipulation.
If anything, we should arguably have blocked a lot more comments, not in our own interests – it is patently obvious that we let anyone say what they like about us – but to offer more protection to some individuals than we have done.
We have perhaps been overly tolerant in such cases because we prefer contributors to self-edit in the interests of observing a basic standard of civility and we believe that most people will do so.
- Thank you. It can, of course, be added at any time.
- All that we can think of here is that any comment you are aware of as unpublished may have been written without the ‘Post comment’ button being properly activated.
Two of us have been sharing the monitoring of comments over the life of this article and neither of us has blocked a single comment – something we have almost never had to do.
- Simon – just lose the blinkers and read what’s being said. There was no suggestion that there is anything wrong with ‘urban based’ anythings.
This was a serious response to your comment. It’s important to try the ‘what ifs?’ What if this is a serious matter and not a squib?
If it wasn’t a serious point but merely another squib through our letter box, then there is no use trying to engage. Email your address and we’ll send you a box of Bengal matches to play with.
- And we don’t bother so much here about the state Iraq has been left in by our illegal intervention.
It’s a matter of scale, Simon but it’s the same thing.
We have all to try to understand the condition of the other.
If one is a townie or a teuchter – to use the pejoratives for both – one cannot ‘know’ what it is to be the other; but one can ask, discover and intuit.
The problem with the school closures was driven, in part, by the phenomenon you identify: urban-based councillors adopting a position on rurality with no experience or understanding of rural communities, the way they work and they way they can fail.
It was the complacent assumption that a position of ignorance was somehow a qualification for superior wisdom that was the can of petrol in this inflammation.
In this case, as you rightly say, the people of Helensburgh didn’t and don’t think rural schools lke Luss and Kilcreggan matter much. Campbeltown cared as much for Southend; Oban for Barcaldine; Rothesay for North Bute; and Dunoon for Toward.
Why should they. It’s not their experience.
But that cannot be the basis for deciding, uninformed, on other people’s lives – or for ganging up on them.
Yet each of these places unknown to townsfolk is a rich and individual culture, a living organism that keeps alive much of the country. If these places die, then alternative means and values for living die too.
It’s not straightforward but it matters.
Recent comments by newsroom
- Brian Wilson on Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services tender
You are quite right about the number and degree of confusions in this area.
We are preparing an article for publication which, amongst other things which are quite an eye-opener, will clarify these positions.
- Lysblink Seaways off the rocks at Kilchoan
This does make rather a nonsense of the early decision to send Herakles back to Kirkwall before she even got to Ardnamurchan – because Kingdom of Fife was within 20 miles of Lysblink Seaways.
Hard to see what the role is for Herakles here at this stage.
- Russell offers to meet Council administration to discuss Castle Toward
It has to be said that this is now into ‘flogging a dead horse’ territory.
Of course there is perceived political advantage at play [this is politics and they all do it] – but continually reheating it is an error of judgment and does the members of SCCDC no favours.
They need to be allowed to refocus in whatever way they see themselves shaping their own future – and ‘differently’ is as likely to be better as worse.
But first of all, as human beings, they need a break to recharge. Their efforts have been unceasing.
- Brian Wilson on Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services tender
It would be good to stick to the issue of Brian Wilson’s piece rather than tack on other infrastructural issues that merit attention in their own right. We have provided opportunity for that in various articles on Prestwick and will do so again.
No one could present evidence to contradict Rob Trythall’s case that there is no business plan for Prestwick – because no such business plan exists. [Nor is there a business plan - economic development strategy - for Scotland.]
However, well below the strategic muscle of a business plan, there was serious merit in the Scottish Government’s recent proposal to have Prestwick designated as the UK’s reception airport for incoming and outgoing flights experiencing difficulties necessitating premature landing.
The point was that this would then not cause hold ups at the big UK hub airports with delays and re routings of other flights; and Prestwick could develop specialist facilities for dealing with the range of such emergencies – which could include the hijackings we hope not to experience.
But for the moment, the CHFS tender is a major issue affecting the entire west coast mainland and island archipelago of Scotland.
We will not lose sight of Prestwick and will very much welcome your input to that challenging major issue so important to the complex and wonderful Ayrshire. Until then, we would equally welcome your thoughts on the issues Brian Wilson is highlighting here.
- The black arts of political spin betray SNP fears in Argyll & Bute
First the hard evidence: if the Conservatives thought they had a chance of taking the seat, Argyll and Bute would be a target seat – it is not; and party central would be funding the local campaign – it is not.
Then, in the interests of objective fairness, no one has accused – and no one could accuse – Alan Reid of having his nose in any trough. He is marked by prudence, modesty and carefulness. He has been written off before and has won with a good majority. He may well do so again, albeit with a smaller majority as votes are more widely spread.
This time he has the added strength, if elected, of being a guaranteed conduit to government if we do end up with a hung parliament. We see this as, surprisingly, becoming less certain by the day; but if the pundits are correct and we do indeed get a hung parliament, the Lib Dems are 100% certain to be part of it, whatever the number of seats they achieve.
In Argyll and Bute, no other candidate can offer this certainty and Mr Reid finds himself with an unexpected but undoubtedly welcome following breeze.
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