Argyll and Bute has been witnessing, since the local authority elections of May 2012, the SNP hierarchy much exercised to get its local group of councillors, the largest in the council, out of power and at all costs.
There is a curious parallel in this with a situation at Aberdeenshire Council.
It has been brought to our attention that, a couple of weeks ago, Aberdeenshire SNP Councillor Fergus Hood who represents East Garioch, left the SNP and moved to the Liberal Democrats.
Mr Hood has made it clear that his commitment to the SNP’s root cause, Scottish independence, remains the same and that he will vote in favour of that in the September 2014 referendum.
However although his new party is ‘comfortable’ with his pro-independence stance, Mr Hood, while making his personal voting intentions known, will not campaign for it.
The reasons he has given for his action in moving to the Liberal Democrats make familiar reading here in Argyll.
Councillor Hood says that he has lost confidence in the SNP group of which he was a member and which he represented in the election campaign.
His problem is that although, as in Argyll, the SNP group in Aberdeenshire was the biggest elected group of councillors, in striking likeness to the situation here, they were unable to form an administration ‘due to internal politics within the group’.
Virtually echoing the perspective of the SNP’s current Council Leader in Argyll and Bute, Councilor Roddy McCuish, Councillor Hood says: ‘The SNP is not going to win this [Ed: the independence referendum] only relying on SNP votes.’
Fergus Hood finds his Liberal Democrat colleagues ‘an approachable group with talented folk’ and says that he has been working amicably with them for some time on an informal basis.
He says: ‘It is the Scottish Liberal Democrats who have the right policies for Aberdeenshire and are delivering in administration on the council.’