Comment posted Council issues prompt response on Martha Payne’s NeverSeconds clampdown by Robert Wakeham.
Without trying to ‘whitewash’ the new council, it doesn’t look to me as if Roddy McCuish did fail his ‘baptism of fire’ – given his very recent ascendancy to the council leadership, his inheritance of both a damaged public relations office and some senior staff who might have been far too cosy with the ‘old guard’, and the fact that the affair blew up in his face just before the weekend. I think that this coming week might be a bigger test of the whole administration, albeit less in the public eye.
Robert Wakeham also commented
- ‘reasoned debate’ – and you talk about ‘cheap stunts’, Prof, but won’t elaborate?
- It’s the ‘cheap stunt’ remark that I’d like you to clarify, but you’re clearly a busy man. Hope the imbibing doesn’t colour your opinions too much.
- Easy to assume someone of British professorial standing, but across the pond (and maybe elsewhere) it seems that the term is used as loosely as the description ‘city’.
- So tell us how you know that ‘he was told to do that’, that the the SNP spin machine was responsible for the wording. Tell us what you consider to have been a ‘cheap stunt’, and why. No axe to grind? – come off it, IanFraser
- Gus, your comments have now reached the stage where they seem to be going round in circles, and I for one am getting confused about where you’re coming from. As far as I can guess it’s based on resentment at the SNP being the main group in the new council, and on arranging and re-arranging (or ignoring) events and facts to fit your party political convictions. The trouble is, sometimes facts can’t just be conveniently ordered to fit.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- Operations Director alleged to have materially misled Community Health Partnership on legal challenge to ADP contract
‘more than meets the eye’ – care to elaborate, Mike?
- Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkind caught offering to sell influence for cash
I wonder how much scope there is for reducing corruption – which you say is pervasive at every level – by making the finances, and connections, of elected politicians more transparent. Private Eye has a field day with digging up the shenanigans of these folk, and – using your hypothetical case of the land owner, the planning committee chairman, and his wife – I wonder if there are fifty shades of transparency, and scope for getting a lot more transparent?
- Brian Wilson on Clyde and Hebridean Ferry Services tender
It doesn’t – lots of people have done things in the past that they came to regret, but most don’t admit to them.
- New Savills research predicts [with caveats] Scotland’s residential market to outperform rest of UK this year
Don’t you mean Aberdeen?
- Russell offers to meet Council administration to discuss Castle Toward
I think that Simon’s on a mission – defend the council, come what may.
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