Russell way adrift of his boss in attacking Argyll & Bute Council’s budget

Argyll and Bute’s SNP MSP, Michael Russell, yesterday chose to attack Argyll and Bute Council for cutting – not extinguishing – library services as part of its budgetary response to the 3.5% average cuts imposed  – forcefully – by Finance Secretary, John Swinney, on all Scottish local authorities for 2016-17.

Yet, days earlier, on 26th February, Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, had gone out of her way to congratulate two specific councils – Aberdeen and Argyll and Bute – for ‘the way they had managed the pain of this year’s budget’.

It has also emerged that the reduction to school library services came directly from headteachers. Councillors in the current council administration sat down with headteachers to discuss how they felt the education budget  – the largest single cost to the council by a very long way – could best absorb its share of the imposed cuts.

In order to protect as far as possible the provision of classroom assistants of various kinds, the headteacher apparently identified library services as an area in which they could accept cuts. The specific school library services affected are also said by a council source to have been identified by school librarians.

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  • ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz more anti snp guff from the Irish Republican British Unionist!! Confused? She always is!!!

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    No Cheese Here March 3, 2016 1:53 pm Reply
    • NCH don’t be an idiot.

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      Robert Wakeham March 3, 2016 2:03 pm Reply
      • Robert

        Leave being an idiot to you! Our hack claims inside info. She has nae info or she’s listening to louden and her cronies.

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        No Cheese Here March 4, 2016 3:54 pm Reply
    • NCH, what has Mr Russell achieved in the life of this parliament for the constituents he represents.

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      Richard March 3, 2016 3:40 pm Reply
      • Dick

        He annoys you! seems fair to me

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        No Cheese Here March 4, 2016 3:49 pm Reply
      • Dick,I just heard Woofie Tank Commander state the SNP are a clear amend present danger to the Yoonion.
        God I feel so proud!!!?

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        Hugh Jazz March 4, 2016 4:25 pm Reply
    • Mike Mackenzie. It’s so easy to get confused. Tell me, what nationality are we claiming to be today, Scottish or German? Your either confused, a liar, or your still trying to hide your past. Which is it?

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      Oban4me March 4, 2016 12:46 pm Reply
  • Just when I thought Mini Hack was beginning to be impartial!
    Oh well,I got a mild laugh from this ,cough,article!
    It’s not all baaaaaaaaaad though. It gave Dick an excuse to Froth from his enlarged orifice!!

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    Hugh Jazz March 3, 2016 3:49 pm Reply
    • Jazz, why don’t you try and answer the question.

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      richard March 3, 2016 4:49 pm Reply
  • Warning this is an anti SNP blog
    SNP baaad

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    Tom Hayward March 3, 2016 4:12 pm Reply
  • What does this council excel at? They seem to me as a dreadful organisation.
    Why should I be forced to pay another £690 next year. For what,no roads without potholes,no street lighting,uncouth and unruly children(Oban,terrible place).
    All you read in the local periodical are people demanding this and demanding that.
    Why don’t they get off their fat backsides and do something for themselves,especially Oban.
    This morning in Oban,I saw the fattest woman I think I have ever seen,tattooed to the hilt.
    When I was a young lad,we would have paid a penny to see a sight like that.People have no respect for themselves anymore.Sad really.

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    R.B Stoker March 3, 2016 4:35 pm Reply
    • I don’t find it easy to agree with much you post RBS but I think I saw her last time I was over in Oban.

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      Keitho March 3, 2016 5:42 pm Reply
  • Mr Stoke, I do nut like yoor altitude. You mite have been taking aboot my big hefty Scots las. She got feery from Mull to Oban today to shoppe.Yoo can not speek like that aboot girls. Very bad.
    My girl she get mony from goverment and spends it on great tattoo on hir back and I no tell you els were.
    Stop being bad man.

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    Sacha Distillery March 3, 2016 5:34 pm Reply
  • HJ and NCH have exceeded, yet again, anyone’s assumptions as to the limits of their literacy, comprehension and the infinity of their SNP persecution complex.

    This FA article is a factual reportage of Nicola S’ praise of A&B CC for their management of the council cuts .The article make reference to Mike Russell’s trenchent condemnation, only 24 hrs earlier, of A&B CC management of the council cuts in an earlier FA article . This article quoted MR ‘s own press release, which MR had also posted on his own w/site.
    (http://www.michaelrussellmsp.scot/2016/03/02/argyll-bute-may-break-law-with-library-cuts/)

    FA has offered factual reportage of the SNP/ NS praising A&B CC simultaneously as offering factual coverage of SNP/MR condemnation of A&B CC .

    And all HJ and NCH can offer is that FA’s factual reportage ,of what is an internal SNP conflict , is somehow anti SNP!!
    You couldn’t make it up !!

    Now HJ and NCH do us all a favour. Apply your febrile comprehension to FA’s reportage of the Port Ellen linkspan issue and see if u can accuse FA of being anti SNP.

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    SCOTNAT March 3, 2016 5:35 pm Reply
    • Chief frothier and Hammerhead,Scotnat, is not as intellectual as Major Stoker and our Sacha.
      At least they brighten up a dull day at Bitter HQ!!

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      Hugh Jazz March 3, 2016 5:46 pm Reply
  • Hugh has your tinfoil hat fallen off ?
    Maybe try sitting under a pyramid to keep the negative vibes at bay.

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    Tom Hayward March 3, 2016 5:56 pm Reply
    • Tom,I didn’t have you down for being witty.
      I still don’t!

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      Hugh Jazz March 3, 2016 6:11 pm Reply
  • Glad to hear it Hugh
    A wee lie down in a
    darkened room will sort you out

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    Tom Hayward March 3, 2016 6:21 pm Reply
    • Tom,your up there with the greats!
      Jackie Mason
      Bob Hope
      Nae Hope

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      Hugh Jazz March 3, 2016 6:34 pm Reply
  • who writes your material house comedian for the Titanic?

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    Tom Hayward March 3, 2016 6:46 pm Reply
    • I think there are other sites you can use for “penpals”.
      I hope you’re not one of these”funny guys”

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      Hugh Jazz March 3, 2016 6:49 pm Reply
  • Hugh
    Nice try
    I’m saving my finest bile for the rep for Bidvest , so your getting it easy

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    Tom Hayward March 3, 2016 6:56 pm Reply
    • Tom. Do you realise how creepy you are becoming?

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      Hugh Jazz March 3, 2016 7:01 pm Reply
  • Michael Russell has been very vocal during the last couple of months. There must be a Scottish Government election coming up!

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    Treble T March 3, 2016 9:10 pm Reply
  • “The specific school library services affected are also said by a council source to have been identified by school librarians.”

    BOll***s

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    Ian Sanderson March 4, 2016 1:38 am Reply
  • I am a school librarian. You are a complete liar! I’ve never read anything so pathetic in my life! School librarians were not even asked where they would make savings, we certain did not suggest to cut out on jobs. I think you owe all 10 of us an apology.

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    Lynsay Black March 4, 2016 12:50 pm Reply
    • We were given this information by a senior council source whose truthfulness we do not doubt.
      The difference between your experience and our source’s information will be in the selection of headteachers and school librarians consulted.
      Councillors will not have sat down with them all.
      It is, of course, likely that staff chosen for consultation would have been deemed likely to be cooperative.That’s politics.
      And we do not lie.

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      newsroom March 4, 2016 1:44 pm Reply
      • You have no source high up in the council. Anyone can pretend to have a source. You need a lesson from a librarian on fiction and non fiction. This website is pathetic and false and I guarantee you that not one librarian would chose to cut providing a good library service to the children in our schools. Name your source or stop telling lies!

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        Lynsay Black March 4, 2016 2:24 pm Reply
        • Lynsay Black. What school do you work at?

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          Oban4me March 4, 2016 4:11 pm Reply
          • Don’t reply to the yoony stalker. He will try and get you sacked for standing up to Walsh and co

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            No Cheese Here March 5, 2016 10:43 am
      • You do not,ahem,cough…..lie!

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        Hugh Jazz March 4, 2016 4:20 pm Reply
  • Why would anyone in the council talk to the obvious bullshit merchant that runs this supposed “online broadsheet” I’ve ready 5 stories on here and they all read as if they were written by a child. I know for a fact the librarians had nothing to do with the decision. And even if the “source” told them that. Who in the right mind would believe that people would knowingly put themselves out of a job. I also note the fact that the bullshit artist responsible for this page has no contact info on here where they can be properly challenged about the lies they are writing. It is safe to assume it’s a do gooder keyboard worrier with nothing else to fill their day than spread lies and make an already difficult situation worse for all the families who are facing an uncertain future and the task of finding a job in an already difficult job market!

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    Gary March 4, 2016 4:34 pm Reply
  • When I was a pupil at Morgan Academy Senior Secondary school in Dundee from 1965-1971 one of the English teachers was also the librarian. I know because he showed me how to number all the books in the library.
    If secondary schools managed in the 1960’s and 70’s to run a school library without an appointed librarian then surely they can manage to do so in the 21st Century.
    In my opinion school librarians are job creation gone mad.

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    Treble T March 5, 2016 12:33 am Reply
  • In the light of the fact that all of the Librarians in Argyll and Bute say they were not consulted at all – which of course we accept and condemn, we are reverting to our source for further information and will come back on this.

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    newsroom March 5, 2016 5:11 pm Reply
  • Hi

    How’s your source? What they died with all the evidence!

    lol

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    No Cheese Here March 30, 2016 1:05 am Reply

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