I picture the scene in Sally’s office last …

Comment posted Argyll and Bute Council ‘Martha’s Blog’ press release under scrutiny by Purple Heather.

I picture the scene in Sally’s office last friday morning …..

Sally and Cleland see the proverbial s**t hitting the fan – the internet, twitter, radio, tv etc etc

Sally says “Cleland – what will we do – this is HUGE, where are our Comms team when we need them? We are in a big big hole here”

Cleland nonchalantly says “where’s the spade ? I’ll get us out of this hole”

Sally says ” Be careful Cleland – don’t say anything stupid and make it worse than it is!”

Cleland departing office, spade over shoulder “Trust me Sally, trust me”

Recent comments by Purple Heather

  • Martha Payne and NeverSeconds hit fund raising target: new kitchen for Mary’s Meals
    She’s done it… £100,000 – HUGE CONGRATULATIONS, AWESOME!!!

    http://www.justgiving.com/neverseconds

  • NeverSeconds: time to let Martha Payne recover anonymity
    Exactly Barmore 2 and look at how successful that series was. Not only did it highlight how difficult a dinner lady’s job can be, it helped everyone to understand that the major obstacles to change were nearly always further up the management tree and not at the grass roots.

    Nick Nairn certainly appears to be sincere in his commitment to try and do something positive but there must be a little bit of him thinking that this would be a fantastic opportunity for a TV series and I have a suspicion production companies will be queuing up to fund it. You could offer Mary’s Meals the opportunity to be the programme’s sponsor (free of charge).

    Martha and her Mum & Dad can have as much or little involvement as they like. They might even choose to have no involvement with it at all, but I think from reading Martha’s blog she would be happy for something like this to go ahead as it would hopefully only bring good.

  • NeverSeconds: time to let Martha Payne recover anonymity
    ‘It’ll all end in tears’ – absolutely not.

    Nick Nairn and Michael Russell have both committed to work together to turn this unfortunate episode into something positive. Why can’t Argyll and Bute be part of that positive change.

    Councillor McCuish should invite them both for a meeting and commit Argyll and Bute Council to being the lead Authority responsible for rolling out any changes.

    When Nick Nairn and Co have decided what changes should be made they will probably want to work with some dinner ladies directly to test out how best to make the meals. Once tested, they will also need help to demonstrate to the other dinner ladies in the county (and possibly beyond)how to prepare and cook the new meals. Who better to do this than the excellent dinner ladies at Lochgilphead High School.

  • NeverSeconds: time to let Martha Payne recover anonymity
    It was all going to come to a natural end in the next week or two anyway (end of school term & start of summer holidays), which makes the decision by the Council to try and ban it all the more incredulous.

    Mum & Dad appear to be trying really hard to protect Martha from everything, which should only be applauded. They have consistently praised the school and all of the staff in the school.

    If the dinner ladies are feeling threatened that is the responsibility of the educational department to address appropriately by offering extra support to the dinner ladies and informing them very clearly that the issue is with the Authority and not the role of dinner lady.

    And if they are being threatened in the streets of Lochgilphead, that’s more about the mentality of some of the people in Lochgilphead rather than anything to do with Martha’s blog.

    If Mum and Dad can continue to protect her for the next week or so, I think it is important for Martha to be able to finish her project. She is only nine years old, no matter how you explain to her the events surrounding her blog she could still worry that she had done something wrong if it is stopped abruptly. And the one person who has done absolutely nothing wrong is Martha.

  • It’s goodbye from Martha as Council switches off her dinnercam
    Martha’s blog has received over 500,000 hits in the past 12 hours and over 10 milion retweets.

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5 Responses to I picture the scene in Sally’s office last …

  1. Even this analysis by Adrian Short is careless with the facts – translating the banning of the photographs as the banning of the blog, and this seems to have been quite a widespread mistake in media reports. Which just goes to show that even the experts can stumble over their words.

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    • Absolutely. Logic and reason aren’t necessarily the answer to everything but they’re the best possible lender of last resort.

      We were careful to say that the council ‘switches off her dinnercam’. That wasn’t banning her blog – a matter beyond their control.

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  2. Francis Horner raises a good point in the blog. If the three press officers recently suspended, sacked (sorry, resigned) didn’t write the offending press release, then who did? The chances are it was some inexperienced junior member of staff who’s been drafted into cover & pressured into producing a rushed effort by senior management on the verge of panic. A lot has been wrtten about Roddy McCuish’s role in all this but he shouldn’t have needed to go anywhere near it. It should have been dealt with by the senior Council management & they obviously weren’t up to the task. The new Council Leader must have been absolutely livid & rightly so. If this was old-style Central Government then somebody would soon be “off to spend more time with their family”. Choice of two I reckon.

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    • I picture the scene in Sally’s office last friday morning …..

      Sally and Cleland see the proverbial s**t hitting the fan – the internet, twitter, radio, tv etc etc

      Sally says “Cleland – what will we do – this is HUGE, where are our Comms team when we need them? We are in a big big hole here”

      Cleland nonchalantly says “where’s the spade ? I’ll get us out of this hole”

      Sally says ” Be careful Cleland – don’t say anything stupid and make it worse than it is!”

      Cleland departing office, spade over shoulder “Trust me Sally, trust me”

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  3. Calling Roddy McCuish ….. could you lift the ban on Mr. CJ Raeburn of 2 Queen Street Helensburgh G84 9QQ, from communicating with the council any further about the fact that developments surrounding the above property have resulted in the destruction of the living space and Mr. Cleland Sneddon’s notice served under the housing act is yet again another BOGUS notice, the second BOGUS notice received referencing demolition of the above property?
    Mr. Raeburn have been banned as part of a Stage 2 Complaint, inspite of the fact that MSP Jackie Baillie had stated in writing that the council does have further involvement regarding the destruction via flooding and perpetual sewage leaks which have been allowed to be managed by the neighbors (The Non-Insured!) to despose effluent and storm drainage in order to do a cozy little favour for the public services namely: Scottish Water and Argyll & Bute Council …. Try lifting this ban!

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