Comment posted Council Elections: The count by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll.
Very pleased that both Semple and Kelly got in. Disappointed for Anne but I know she will be delighted that John was returned.
A little shameful that Colville can perform a massive u-turn within a matter of half an hour on a fundamental stance on policy and still be re-elected. Judas Iscariot would have blushed.
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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.
- Trail has knocked Nisbet out in Helensburgh South
- 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.
Recent comments by Integrity? Not in the ConDemAll
- Has Councillor Iain Angus Macdonald’s rush to transfer to the SNP fouled the Ward 5 by-election pitch for Iain S MacLean?
Part of the answer to the issue of resigning from party X and joining party Y is for the public to stop voting like blind sheep and start to question the person behind the job.
There are too many people who would vote for a chimp if it had the right rosette pinned to it.
- SNP lose another Argyll & Bute councillor
This whole PR exercise about the number of people joining the SNP is a nice sound bite but doesn’t really add up to more than propaganda. So there are about 35,000-40,000 members now? At the 2011 elections about 900,000 people voted SNP. All this increase in member is showing is that more people who would vote SNP are signing up as members – it doesn’t actually signal a ground swell of new support, just an affirmation of support by a small percentage of people who voted SNP anyway.
- Bitter alone, Salmond now a declared guerrilla leader in charge of government
Richard, Tim is correct regarding the timetable for the Scotland Act coming into affect. You might be confusing those powers with the fact the SG can already flex income tax by 3p but have never done so. The Scotland Act extends it to 10.
The SNP, and more specifically Alex Salmond, is right to keep the pressure on the main UK parties to deliver on their promises of additional powers. However I think some of his approach is damaging to efforts to heal a rift between yes and no campaigners. Making claims about the parties already going back on the deal after 24 hours is ridiculous as is the talk of independence without referendum both by him and a now utterly irrelevant Sillars.
The SG represents all the people of Scotland, not just the 45%. Time for them to return to that job
- Salmond departure only hope for healing in Scotland – successor cannot be Sturgeon
The scenes in Glasgow last night are shameful, hugely regrettable, and a reminder that there is an ugly vein of bigotry amongst a relatively small number of people predominantly in Glasgow.
However it is not the face of the No vote as has been said on many Facebook posts (or words to that effect). Over two million people voted no, a few hundred have behaved like idiotic morons. Christ more people in my small village voted No (and Yes) than that.
Painting it as the face of the no vote is an insult to half the population of the country and can only inflame resentment amongst people who simply exercised their democratic right.
As for Graham’s remark that all no voters are selfish and don’t care about the poor. Well all that does is highlight what a petty person you are Graham. What a relief that Jackie Baillie beat you back in 2007. She isn’t perfect but she is head and zhoulders above you in terms of trying to represent people equally.
Hopefully last night was an isolated incident with those responsible properly dealt with by the authorities. Hopefully we see a rapid decrease in crowing over the result by the no voters and hopefully we see an equally rapid decrease in divisive sweeping insults by Yes voters. Time to grow up and move on.
- The Union, the young, reform and the pound are the gold in the embers of indy
Didn’t expect that I must admit. Bad news for the SNP.
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