Following last night’s revelations here [below], Cowal Councillor Gordon Blair is said to be acting as the agent of local MSP, Michael Russell who, if this shambles had anything remotely strategic about it, could be described as ‘masterminding’ it.
As it is, Mr Russell is certainly ‘mastering’ it – but ‘minding’ seems to be a requirement too far for this monumental blunderbus.
Councillor Blair has allegedly been tasked with bringing down his own party’s council administration on Thursday, a matter he is said to be relaxed about since he is finding the responsibility of power too onerous and would prefer to be behind a pea shooter on the opposition benches.
He appears to have been offered protection from party disciplinary consequences for his coming actions at Thursday’s council meeting.
This appears to be a time of political dwarfs with out of scale egos.
There will be a vote of confidence in the current administration, which will be unlikely to carry.
This may well be the time when the coalition partners retire from a scene that has always been out of their control but in which they have worked loyally to be true to the commitment they initially gave.
What has been an utterly avoidable situation was externally manipulated and has been profoundly damaging to the Argyll few of the SNP group or the local SNP MSP put above their personal interests. And the national party has been AWOL, at best.
This is not about any failures by Councillor Roddy McCuish, the first leader to be felled by prolonged internal conflict and disruption; or by Councillor James Robb, the second leader since last May, who has been successfully scapegoated for trying to maintain some discipline in management decisions that were – remember – taken by collective decision.
It is a failure of political courage and an absence of the discipline required by any party or group in charge of anything.
This is about a party political cadre utterly lacking in responsibility to the electorate and to the place – and devoid, at all levels, of political intelligence, integrity and courage.
This has been a prolonged betrayal of those of us who voted for SNP candidates at the May 2012 local authority election. It is an example of how never to do politics. It will not be forgotten.