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
- A83 Task Force recovened early to discuss community concerns
The business of ‘protocol’ looks as if it can leave any constituency whose member of parliament is a government minister ‘out on a limb’.
In our case, in Scotland, we are more fortunate than anyone in England in that we have several representatives in Holyrood – and our Westminster rep has no ministerial post.
Nevertheless, it would be reassuring to be able to think that Mike Mackenzie is not constrained, by being a member of the ruling party, from asking tough questions.
Perhaps I’m being naive.
- Oban South and the Isles to ready for by-election as Councillor Hall stands down
Doesn’t this underline the problem of conflict of interest that can arise from local councillors standing on a national political party ticket?
- A83 closed both ways at Rest and Be Thankful
Yesterday the Glasgow Herald announced that plans were being drawn up to plant 250,000 trees above the road to help stabilise the hillside and reduce the incidence of washouts.
- BEAR Scotland update on A83 road accident on 28th February
The answer would be one of their electronic information displays, at the Dalmally junction.
If they can provide one at Lochgilphead, surely they could do the same at Dalmally.
- McGrigor raises a glass to the new Harris distillery
Or is Longshanks ‘slightly bitter’ by nature, to put it politely.
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