Later in yesterday’s meeting of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillors Duncan Macintyre and Sandy Taylor leaders of their respective groups of councillors, Argyll and Bute for Change and the SNP, presented the following statement to the council.
It is effectively a position statement in principle, confirming that, as we have said, there is as yet no agreement between the two groups to frame their intended coalition – but that they anticipate that there will be one.
Two fingers to the Short Life Working Group and Audit Scotland
The two group leaders are breathtakingly arrogant in their unequivocal intention expressed here to do as they like.
They will be large enough, in their beneficence, to permit the Short Life Working Group on Political Management Arrangements – established under the eyes of the Audit commissioners – to complete its work.
But when that is done, it is here their stated intent to ignore it for an indeterminate time – and go ahead and ‘appoint an interim administration based upon the current model.’
We already have ‘an interim administration based upon the current model’.
In fact we have had ‘an interim administration based upon the current model’ since May 2012.
And how ‘current’ is the ‘current’ model they propose? The ‘model’ of today – and how more ‘current’ can you get? – has no Deputy Council Leader.
It is the recommendations of the SWLG that are supposed to be providing the replacement for today’s ‘interim administration based upon the current model’. There is no provision for another variation of an ‘interim administration based upon the current model’.
This thing is like a hydra – constantly regenerating in serial temporary administrations.
How long will it take under the realistic timescales and manoeuvres proposed between the SWLG and the human contraflow of Macintyre and Taylor to see Argyll anywhere near stability?
And the puffed up pomposity of the dual signatures, like a cod international concordat, is the stuff of satire.
While Taylor’s effort looks like ‘A Gadfly’, we note that Councllor Macintyre has already perfected the scaled down scrawl that tennis celebrities use to sign for their fans en passant. This is fame?
This ongoing farce has reached such a stage that a conclusion some electors are already voicing seems the most sane and secure way to put an end to it and start again: a new election for the Argyll and Bute local authority.