Comment posted Council Elections: The count by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll.
Trail has knocked Nisbet out in Helensburgh South
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- 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.
- 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.
- Macintyre, Strong and Scoullar elected in ward 8 as expected
Recent comments by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll
- Motion sends Scottish Parliament’s condolences on death of Sir Nicholas Winton, the British Schindler
It is quite amazing that he never made his actions public – they were only discovered by chance by his wife about 25 years ago. A remarkable man. Very fitting and just that he got to live a very long and full life.
- SNP Chairs and Members of Westminster Committees
There is a chuckle to be allowed at the fact that Jim Murphy was regularly criticised by SNP supporters for being a career politician who had no experience of working and now we have an SNP MP with no experience of working sitting on the ‘Work & Pensions Committee!
No criticism of Mhairi Black intended and I hope she does a great job. Just highlighting yet another case of total hypocrisy amongst ardent political party supporters.
- SNP alerts infantry to prepare to hunt out Carmichael
I tend to agree with JB on this. Alastair Carmichael did wrong, of that there is no doubt. I personally think he should stand down (but there are a few other politicians in all parties who should have done the same in the past and haven’t). However I just don’t see how pushing for this court case is merited given the other much more important priorities in Scotland right now.
The crowd fund is sitting at round about £60k just now (which was the target) – if this goes to full trial then that isn’t going to touch the sides of the total bill – it would surprise me greatly if the total bill (for both sides added together) ended up being south of £300k. Where that money is going to come from I am don’t know. The Lib Dems are refusing to comment on whether they are picking up Alastair Carmichael’s bill, who is going to be picking up the ‘people’s final bill if it does go to a full and length trial?
Yes we want fair and honest politics and yes we are not getting it. We didn’t get it from Carmichael but we also don’t get it from Tories, Labour or the SNP (and you can add other parties to the list at will). There are liars and cheats in every party, some on ‘lesser’ issues, some on greater issues. Those pushing for this wearing their SNP badges, including the main petition leaders, are blinded by party loyalty and the stench of hypocrisy is quite foul. All parties need to clean their act up but the ‘outrage’ at this particular incident whilst whistling innocently with a ‘nothing to see here’ attitude to their own ‘houses’ is a bit pathetic.
- Council cuts teacher numbers – without consultation – at Sandbank Gaelic Medium Unit
Whether it is in ‘crisis’ is debatable and is possibly overly dramatic language however Angela Constance herself has admitted that standards in literacy and numeracy are falling and Nicola Sturgeon whilst denying the Scottish education system is failing has admitted it isn’t doing well enough.
I think we can all acknowledge that politicians (of all parties) exaggerate their successes and downplay their failings so you can consider what Constance and Sturgeon are ‘admitting’ within that context.
- Community Land Scotland: Land Reform Bill – real progress but needs to be bolder still
The whole land reform issue is not something I have followed closely so I don’t really want to comment on the specifics of it as I am not knowledgeable enough on them.
In a more general sense I think it would be better, or maybe more productive, if issues like these and private education etc were not discussed in such a way that plays the class war card.
Playing the ‘we are subsidising private education’ card just encourages a counter claim from people who use private education (or private health as another example) that they are subsidising state education by paying for it through taxes but not placing and requirement on it.
There are much better ways of trying to progress things than playing the ‘us vs them’ game.
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