SNP meeting on Monday may be testing time for mega-coalition proposal

The agreement made between former Council Leader, Dick Walsh and the SNPs ‘negotiating team’ of former local party group leader, Robert E MacIntyre from Bute and novice councillors Louise Glen-Lee and Sandy Taylor,  is to be put to a meeting of the SNP group on Monday.

This meeting will, no doubt, be attended by a variety of party apparatchiks who will tell them what to do.

The agreement is to see the SNP become part of a new coalition administration led by former Council Leader, Dick Walsh, and his Alliance of Independent Councillors – with Argyll First and a clutch of Independents who fly solo.

Robert E MacIntyre, Louise Glen-Lee, Sandy Taylor and Gordon Blair support the proposal three of them negotiated – but it is not finding universal favour.

Some SNP councillors are firmly opposed to what has been agreed.

They are said to include both former party group leaders of the SNP-led administration. This was deliberately torpedoed by its own party hierarchy in order to see their councillors the undemanding shallows of opposition or no longer in a position of lead responsibility.

Councillors Anne Horn and Mary Jean Devon appear to see this proposal the same way as these recent former leaders, Councillor Roddy McCuish and Councillor James Robb.

We do not know where Councillors Richard Trail and John Semple stand on the issue.

Senor responsibilities nominally allocated already appear to include:

  • Councillor Robert E MacIntyre [SNP]: Chair of Area Committee for Bute and Cowal
  • Councillor Louise Glen-Lee [SNP]: Lead Councilor for Tourism and Culture
  • Councillor John Semple [SNP]: Lead Councilor for Economic Development
  • Councillor Duncan MacIntyre [Alliance]: Lead Councilor for Roads and Infrastructure
  • Councillor Dougie Philand [Argyll First]: Chair of Area Committee for Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands

The SNP appears to have learned no lessons whatsoever about internal loyalties from the catastrophic loss of electoral credibility arising from the scheming, the uncivil wars and the panic-driven orchestrated rush from responsibility of the past year.

Councillor Glen-Lee, who is given to describing herself as ‘Michael’s Pit Bull Terrier’ and her principal, local MSP Michael Russell, have allegedly offered their support to a third party, whose identitfy we know, to put themselves forward as an SNP candidate in the 2016 Scottish Election.

The aim is alleged to be to see him positioned on the list to take the SNP’s  Highlands and Islands List seat currently held by Mike Mackenzie MSP.

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16 Responses to SNP meeting on Monday may be testing time for mega-coalition proposal

  1. For Argyll –keep getting adverts on this system for Holyhead to Dublin and penbroke to rosslare–how do I switch it off?

    No chance reintroducing Campbelltown to Ballycastle?

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    • We can’t control this either. We simply take Google Ads and hand over identified spaces to them. They populate the spaces with rotations of their ads that present as appropriate to our location and our site – or are generic.

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  2. Guess the identity of the “Third Party”. It wouldn’t be an ex-senior Cllr (now no longer a member of the SNP) but very likely to be re-instated very soon would it??

    I’m trying to be circumspect about his identity but if it is him (and I think it’s a him) then it would have the added benefit that the SNP wouldn’t have to throw out all the “Vote Mike” badges they have in stock when McKenzie is de-selected……

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    • We would read the political ambitions the same way as you [and there's nothing wrong with having them]. Nothing else has ever made sense of the decision to stand as a councillor, with all of the losses in earnings and authority that the decision will have involved.
      But this was not the chosen route.

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  3. We’re not going to do a ’20 questions’ routine but, to let local politicians off the hook, it’s not any of them.
    And we’re now taking a vow of silence.

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  4. I think you’ll find that the individuals mentioned will be considered past their sell-by date and divisive.

    There are a number of political astute yet younger people ready to pursue or continue their political careers having shown themselves successful in the wider world.

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  5. Graeme, “I think you’ll find that the individuals mentioned will be considered past their sell-by date and divisive”

    Well actually the recent evidence suggests that that statement could apply to most SNP Cllrs, your ex-leader, the constituency chairman, the local MSPs and yourself…. :)

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 14 Thumb down 3

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