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I don’t know what Mr Sneddon seems to confirm. I only know what what I actually heard Roddy Mc Cuish say.

As I have written, perhaps he chose his words badly and I also understand his dilemma. However to read that he is “walking on water” and the person to put in front of cameras and the next MP for Argyll and Bute seems a bit rich if he actually instigated the ban.

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  • I agree completely. It is not a good situation when a child has to go in to a dinner hall and both she and the staff feel ill at ease. I also have sympathy for Roddy McCuish in dealing with a difficult problem.

    However I dislike people trying to rewrite history when cllr McCuish seems to have said himself he was responsible for the ban. Also of course it is the Council that is responsible for the quality of the meals.

  • I wil repeat my question did Roddy MacCuish leader of the SNP council simply choose his words badly or did he say he was responsible for the ban.

    Scroll in 00:26:00

  • So did the SNP Council leader instigate the ban or not ?
    I don’t know much about this I only heard him speaking on the radio and whilst he said he was putting things right he also said he was reponsible for the ban in the first place.
  • Sorry robert but Roddy McCuish leader of the SNP Council he also seemed to say he was responsible for the ban in the first place.
    Listen to his own words on the BBC Iplayer “Its a good thing to do change your mind and I have certainly done that”.
  • Leader of the SNP council Roddy McCuish said “its a good thing to do changing your mind and I have certainly done that”.

    Scroll in 00:26:00 to hear verbatim exactly what he said.

    Perhaps he just chose his words badly but it sounds as if he was responsible for the ban.

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