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.