Comment posted Council Elections: The count by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll.
Ward 9 has a shock.
Freeman in 9 rightly so.
Kelly out (rightly so)
Corry and MacIntyre in – I must admit I didn’t expect that.
Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll also commented
- 3,285 votes. 44.53% turn out so you are looking at an electorate of 7,377.
- I have just seen the figures for the Lomond North ward and it is abundantly clear that the school closure issue was a massive issue in the mind of the voters.
George Freeman, who supported our schools from start to finish, who was third in 2007 has jumped to first with a 38% increase in the number of first preferences he got.
Danny Kelly who blindly voted for closure despite pledging himself to supporting them (he always claimed to have a wise strategy which nobody ever actually agreed with) saw his vote collapse by a remarkable 68% going from 2nd in 2007 (only marginally behind Billy Petrie) to 2nd last out of seven (this despite 4 candidates standing for the first time in Lomond North).
My personal thanks to the people of Lomond North for showing their support for the candidate who publicly backed us and stuck to his word.
- Hard to say just now as there are a small number of candidates who it isn’t clear what side of the fence they will fall on.
My speculation is that, at the moment we have:
17 of what I would say are the ‘Good Guys’ (i.e. not favouring Duck Walsh’s Alliance),
14 ‘Bad Guys’
2 I am genuinely have no idea which way they will fall
and we also have three seats left to be determined by the Dunoon election
In my counts of 17 and 14 there is one in each who I have think will fall into those particular groups.
- Trail has knocked Nisbet out in Helensburgh South
- Macintyre, Strong and Scoullar elected in ward 8 as expected
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- Mandela an exemplar for redemptive spiritual largeness
I am fully aware of that Karl (that was exactly why I used Suharto to highlight the irony thing – or maybe it should be hypocrisy).
I have no problem with highlighting the ‘bad points’ – it would be ridiculous to deny them and paint Mandela as if he was the Archangel Gabriel his whole life – he clearly wasn’t nor does he claim to have been.
What I think though is that when you consider his actions (both before and after imprisonment) they need to be properly considered within the context of the political environment.
The ANC took money from Suharto (and others) to fund a fight against an evil government – Thatcher took money from Suharto….well just to get money.
- Mandela an exemplar for redemptive spiritual largeness
Far too simplistic is being very generous. It is certainly true that Mandela wasn’t opposed to using violence when he felt other avenues had been exhausted or were clearly never going to make any inroads against one of the most hideous regimes of modern times. He has often expressed a strong preference for peaceful methods but he never fully bought into the entirely peaceful methods more associated with the likes of Martin Luther King – he once said aid that non-violence is a good policy if conditions permit however the period of apartheid in South Africa was ruled over by one of the most odious and oppressive governments the world will ever be unfortunate to know.
For many many years the ANC was a non-violent organisation and only moved toward more violent methods when it became apparent that things were just getting worse rather than better. This wasn’t terrorism, it was civil war brought about by tyranny and unadulterated evil. If the likes of Churchill and William Wallace are held up as historic heroes for their battles against an odious regime then Mandela deserves the same accolade. The US took years to take him off the terrorist list yet they rejoice the name of George Washington. It is total hypocrisy – and let’s not forget Guantanomo Bay detention camp is still open for business.
It, of course shouldn’t escape the ‘irony meter’ that he was classified as a terrorist (and more specifically a ‘black terrorist’ by members of Thatcher’s Government – the same Govt who sold £500m of weapons to Suharto which allowed him slaughter the people of East Timor. Whilst I welcome the various tributes being paid to Mandela by politicians of all parties I feel David Cameron missed an opportunity to include an apology on behalf of the members of his party who took umpteen opportunities to disgrace Mandela during the Thatcher years.
I realise there are people who think that violence is never the answer and ideally that would be a great philosophy to live by but is it really realistic when the ‘enemy’ is so bloody evil that those committed to non-violence see their communities constantly at fear of attack, mutilation and every ounce of self-esteem bled from them by a Government who treats them as human vermin. Of course there are a few examples but they are very much the exception rather than the rule and I don’t think people who will never in their lives have to experience the sort of tyranny that the black people of South Africa did are in much of a position to throw the terrorist accusation around.
- Argyll and Bute Council seriously misleads Holyrood Education Committee
I read the submission about a week or so ago. An astounding airbrushing of history. This is quite clearly not an issue of semantics. It is an embarrassing attempt to paint the council in a better light than their actions merit.
Just further evidence that Cllr Walsh’s claims that the recent statutory report had hard messages which had to be addressed (or words to that effect) was nothing more than empty words. Nothing has changed in the culture of the council.
- Politics and council budgets – the Walsh stratagem
Such a move would have a devastating effect on local economies. It would be the nail in the coffin for many local businesses and consequently small rural villages.
- Helensburgh group calls for Argyll and Bute Council to take action against defiant developers
Apologies newsroom. You are absolutely correct. That was largely a copy and paste from something written prior to the last election and I forgot to update it.
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