SNP tightens party grip on local councillors in further chaos

A range of credible sources have it that:

SNP party group leader, Councillor Roddy McCuish intends to stand down as party group leader today and will resign from the SNP. This would be a typically clean-cut, no-nonsense decision from a man who is universally respected for his honesty.

New leader, novice councillor Sandy Taylor appears to have lost or ceded control already. All group decisions – of elected councillors – apparently now have to be signed off in advance by local MSP Michael Russell Russell and by the SNP Constituency Convenor.

Some SNP councillors may leave the group over this – a stance which would be welcomed by the public.

We understand that Councillor Mary Jean Devon is under pressure from her local constituency to leave the SNP and return to being an independent councillor.

Councillors Breslin and Hall are back in the SNP group.

Local MSP Michael Russell has had disciplinary action against Councillor Blair dropped.

After leaving the SNP-led administration on party instructions, Councillor Glen-Lee is said already to be to be back working for local MSP Michael Russell at £15k pa – taking her political earnings to £31k pa.

As a novice councillor given a senior responsibility, she would have been earning something around £24k pa from her formal council work.

The current alleged situation would support the validity of our earlier information that she had been offered just such financial shelter in exchange for walking out of her party’s lead administration at Argyll and Bute.

She refused to accept a new job in the administration and refused to take a pay cut in a senior responsibility top up and walked out on former Council Leader James Robb, who is said to be likely to absent himself from today’s meeting.

The major concern here is the tightening, not the slackening, of he party’s grip on elected local councillors. This certainly accords with the local MSP’s public statement on looking foward to ‘working with the new administration’.

Deals in the proposed coalition

More information on the deals being done between on the allocation of senior responsibilities is coming to us from several sources. The situation is not without its own troubles.

Councillor Breslin is slated to return to Education but we are being told that the Council’s Head of Service will leave in this eventuality.

As we have already published, Councillor Glen-Lee is down to return to  Tourism. This will also be regarded as unhelpful by council officers in a section which has been working particularly well with the industry.

Unlike salmon farming – which employs far fewer people and sees profits exported to corporate owners abroad – leaving not only Argyll but Scotland – the tourism sector is a major employer and its earnings largely stay right here in Argyll.

It would seem foolish to disrupt relations in the single area of success bringing genuine economic development to Argyll – and the potential for a great deal more.

There will be other senior responsibilities that could equally well occupy the wide ranging Councillor Glen-Lee and which would carry a lesser risk for the focused operations in a key industry sector.

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17 Responses to SNP tightens party grip on local councillors in further chaos

    • So if you “know” this is utter nonsense you must know an alternative version of events, Dave. Care to share it with us?

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  1. Oh FFS!!!!
    Why not get everything signed off by Wee Eck as well, just to be absolutely sure the party line’s being properly toed. That’d really speed up the democratic process of local government.
    Or maybe we should just dispense with the council altogether, and let the residents of Argyll & Bute receive their orders direct from On High.
    To quote a Scotsman letter from someone who’d been fruitlessly trying to get some sense out of her own council: “I feel like a child with feckless parents. Totally helpless”.

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  2. Dave – “Words fail me.This is all complete and utter nonsense”.

    Well there’s two points immediately spring to mind from your statement:-
    1. Given their nasty vicious civil war, the mess they’ve made of things and the shambolic behaviour of all concerned – to be honest ANYTHING is believable about the SNP in Argyll and Bute right now. Anything that is except words like professional, collegiate, unity, discipline, putting constituents first, etc etc.
    2. “Words fail me” – well quite frankly that’s an unexpected bonus :)

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  3. It would be worthy of comment had ForArgyll managed to get anything else right over the past weeks, but frankly either the article author or their source is someone not afraid to fill in the blanks by making stuff up.

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    • Russel you should be grateful to Forargyll for doing a superb job of collating the extremely complex and convoluted political shenanagins and putting them in words you can undrstand. Could you do it?

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  4. Here we go again.

    We need reporting of NEWS, not tittle tattle, gossip or rumour.

    Until it’s fact, it’s normally not worth reporting. This isn’t worth reporting.

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    • Completely agree Jamie.

      I think that part of the problem is that Lynda Henderson mixes up what has happened and what she would like to happen. Likewise in her interpretation of events: what we get is analysis based on what she would like to be the case rather than what might actually be the case.

      We will need to wait and see where the truth actually lies but I’ll be very surprised if very much of what is written in this article turns out to be correct. However, if I am wrong I’ll eat my fedora.

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  5. I suggest that all the councillors in Argyll & Bute resign their seats as the electorate could easily manage without them.

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    • Let’s not forget the last administration wanted to close a bunch of schools to make the budget work.

      You seem to think there are easy options out there. It’s surprising that all the elected members and paid officials are so incompetent as to be unable to spot them.

      If it’s all so easy, perhaps you and the editor of this gossip-sheet should both run for election.

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    • So who would spend your council tax then? All we expect is a reasonable degree of competence, honesty and integrity. Unfortunately these basics seem to be have been in short supply. The return of DW doesn’t exactly give you much confidence that we’re going to be overwhelmed by those basics either.

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    • So Fletcher Mike if you have since purchased a fedora the word seems to be that they are not allowed on Easdale, that is where you live is it not? But do’t forget they are not allowed!!

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  6. Your “credible sources” are just incredible. Or you get these reports from within your head, for reasons I dont understand being unacqainted with psychiatric science.
    But I do ask myself – “WHY?”

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