I can’t say specifically what the A&B press …

Comment posted Good appointment to council press office by Integrity? Not in theCondemall.

I can’t say specifically what the A&B press office do but more generally a council press office’s duties will include the likes of:

Dealing with media enquiries.
Producing internal and external communications including things like staff magazines, and also keeping people like MSPs, us punters, other partners etc informed about services and issues.
Maintaining the council website.
Managing the ‘brand’ of the council to ensure consistency.

It is actually an important part of a council and effective if managed well.

Recent comments by Integrity? Not in theCondemall

  • Two new polls put SNP over 50%
    Similar experience to mine Lundavra. Nobody from any party has been at my door although yesterday I got a pile of leaflets worthy of a young oak tree!

    From my travels around I would say the SNP have been the most visible in terms of posters, leaflets, placards etc and there is little doubt in my mind that they are still comfortably ahead of the other parties when it comes to the effort ‘on the street’ (much as they were during the referendum)

    I did chuckle when I drove from Helensburgh through Rhu to Garelochhead. Plenty of SNP stuff in Helensburgh then disappeared in Rhu before reappearing in Garelochhead. Only the Tories had any presence in Rhu. If only they could hive off Rhu as a constituency the Tories might actually win a seat!

  • 2007 racist sectarian jibe comes back to haunt Argyll & Bute SNP candidate
    ‘Hun’ has been used as derogatory term by Celtic fans to refer to Rangers fans for years. There are a number of different stories about where it originates from however, in much the same way as Rangers fans call Celtic fans ‘fenians’ it is pretty widely accepted it is now a derogatory reference to being Protestants. As you can probably imagine neither word tend to be used on their own, they normally have other words added before or after, none of them complimentary!
  • 2007 racist sectarian jibe comes back to haunt Argyll & Bute SNP candidate
    What I have witnessed round my way is less of an issue about people using taxis and more that people are worried about potentially being over the limit the next morning if they need to drive. I fully agree regarding taxis if you are talking about getting to and from the pub. Whilst it is true that some rural areas have better access to taxis than others I’m afraid that is part and parcel of the decision you make when you choose to live in a rural area.

    The morning after is more of a grey area because it is really hard to know if you are legal or not and obviously the reduction has made people even more wary. I know there are lots you can buy to test ŷourself but they are not entirely reliable and it is really when you are at the margins that people worry.

    i do have some sympathy with pub owners as ultimately you choose to run a business and then a law changes which you have no influence over and it causes your takings to be reduced. There are many industries where if something similar happened there would all sorts of complaints and sympathy from people but because this is an industry associated with alcohol it doesn’t get as much sympathy.

  • 2007 racist sectarian jibe comes back to haunt Argyll & Bute SNP candidate
    You honestly don’t think that every party does this? The hypocrisy by political parties and supporters of them when it comes to social media is ridiculous. an Aberdeen Labour councillor made a very offensive tweet in December and the SNP demanded he be disciplined. labour didn’t do it. Neil Hay makes one and Labour demand he should be disciplined, the SNP don’t do it.

    That is just two examples highlighting the hypocrisy of it but we all know there are stacks of examples out there with every party not just Labour and SNP. Parties should practice what they preach or just shut up. It’s insulting to those people who actually are interested in proper politics, and the differing views, and just flames the fire for those political supporters who are blinkered to their own parties wrong doing whilst desperate to jump on the wrong doing of opposition parties. It’s school play ground behaviour.

  • 2007 racist sectarian jibe comes back to haunt Argyll & Bute SNP candidate
    Iain

    As I sort of said above I do tend to agree – a couple of ill judged comments on a football forum (and I doubt there is anywhere on the internet more full of derogatory remarks than a football forum!) doesn’t really make you a bigot. I am a member of a football forum and I dread to think what I may have said in the past about some rival fans – never with any real malice.

    OK the sectarian element to this is not ideal, especially given the history of trouble it ahs caused in the West of Scotland over the years.

    What I would say is that at least you have directly addressed the issue in your comment. The amount of deflection in some of the other posts is ridiculous, almost as if O’Hara never said it and the whole thing ahs been made up. Until your post not one of the posts from SNP supporters has in anyway addressed the fact he did post these things.

    Machmaolain tries to dilute it by saying that there is nobody in the world who hasn’t posted something they regret but, in the same post has a go at ‘The Stig’s’ post for displaying the same sort of sectarianism that O’Hara has. Either decide it isn’t that big a deal or deal with both sides equally. I

    I do wonder what the reaction would be if a post from eight years ago by say Dugdale making offensive remarks about, for example, Polish people (totally made up before anyone starts googling!). My guess is those trying desperately to deflect from O’Hara’s comments would be all over it like a rash.

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17 Responses to I can’t say specifically what the A&B press …

  1. Congratulations on your appointment Aileen.

    May I on behalf of the Museum thank you for your interest and assistance in our activities.

    A new opportunity for you with which I wish you every success.

    Kindest regards.

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  2. Newsie, is that the same Dunoon Observer that you exclusively revealed was due to close before Xmas last year??

    “bunker mentality and dubious practices”? Pffft.

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  3. Is this also the same Dunoon Observer that doesn’t report on fatal accidents and never seems to follow up on stories that do not involve ferries?

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    • Well said JimB. You’re not the only one who notices that the Observer never follows up on reported stories. Most frustrating. This weeks paper was all police reports and courts, golf and bowls ! Then again baybe nothing happened……….

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  4. Good appointment. Aileen is a well known and respected journalist in Argyll, big loss for the Dunoon Observer but ABC needs the quality in these positions. Don’t imagine this administration will give her the same amount of fire fighting the last lot created.

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  5. When the Jo Smith saga eventually comes to some conclusion does this mean everybody who was abused by the press office under the various councillors and officials orders will get their day in court.Anything else is a complete waste of time.
    As a interested bystander what exactly does A&B,s press office actually do.

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    • I can’t say specifically what the A&B press office do but more generally a council press office’s duties will include the likes of:

      Dealing with media enquiries.
      Producing internal and external communications including things like staff magazines, and also keeping people like MSPs, us punters, other partners etc informed about services and issues.
      Maintaining the council website.
      Managing the ‘brand’ of the council to ensure consistency.

      It is actually an important part of a council and effective if managed well.

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  6. Whilst I wish this lady success in her new appointment, I can’t help thinking that this indeed is a very safe appointment by the council. The Observer’s lack of criticism of A&B over the past few years has been obvious to all, no doubt guided by the fear that they may lose local government advertising (something that should have happened years ago!). Still, looking on the bright side, one less member of staff should help their dire finances.. and probably increase the coverage of golf and bowls!

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  7. Yes newsie, you are welcoming her now, but i wonder how long it will be before you turn on her when she doesn’t want to deal with you. Never mind, no doubt you can make up something and add a gate to the end of it. I wish the woman all the luck in the world, she will need it.

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  8. By the look of this site she’s got her work cut out. What few on here seem to have twigged is that Ms McNicol will be required to protect the council’s reputation, just the same as her predecessors will have tried to do. From what I’ve read of Argyll & Bute Council, it has been its own worst enemy, conducting some kind of witch hunt until it had nobody in place to prevent the complete car crash that was the Martha Payne/NeverSeconds fiasco. Ms McNicol is no longer a journalist, she has been employed to act as gamekeeper rather than poacher. No doubt, in due course, she will fall foul of the self-righteous vitriol all too apparent in this blog. Best of luck to her, I wouldn’t have touched the post with a barge pole.

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