Resignation-triggered by-election for Oban North and Lorn

The 2012-2017 term at Argyll and Bute Council must count as one afflicted by the greatest number of upheavals of so many kinds – some tragic, some fully comic, some definitely headed for the Idiots Guide to Local Government – an entire volume of which could profitably be devoted to this unforgettable period.

The latest episode is the resignation of Councillor Iain Angus Macdonald, creating this by-election.

Councillor Macdonald could be said to have tried most of the potential variations available to him in the experience of being a councillor.

  • He was elected as an independent.
  • He joined the SNP-led coalition administrations – they changed with bewildering rapidity in 2012 to 2013 – and in the heady early days of that he was characteristically enthused by the possibility of engineering a radical change in the way elected members engaged in their responsibilities.
  • Then, when the SNP finally gave in to their party’s pressure to get out of power to protect the indy vote in September 2014 – in case their eager and well meaning reformist boots were a tad heavy on the political ground – he joined the Lazarus administration led  by former Council Leader, Dick Walsh.
  • Then he resigned from that and flew solo.
  • Then he joined the SNP group.
  • Now he has resigned from the council, reportedly out of dissatisfaction with its operations – and, rumour has it, dissatisfied with the SNP, feeling that his membership was a mistake.


Forgive us if we got some of the former Councillor’s evolutions out of order- or if we missed a couple.

He may well be chimaerical [he could not deny it]  but Iain Angus Macdonald is an honest and interesting man motivated by ideas – and there is a dearth of both in local government.

So – Oban North and Lorn can gird up for yet another by election.

This is less about the winner – who is virtually bound to be an SNP placeperson – than it is about identifying the individual and/or the party capable of standing resolutely and effectively  against the SNP in what is becoming,  to all intents and purposes, a one party state.

We have established that the independent, Kieron Green, will definitely be standing again; and are inquiring if Andrew Vennard will be doing the same.

Both are now well known and trusted in the area – and both have markedly improving electoral performances to their credit.

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  • My wife has encouraged me to stand. What do you think readers? I could,undoubtably,bring dynamics to this deprived area of the U.K.
    Firstly,let’s get rid of the SNP Stupidity,then I stand as an independent.
    My politics are well know in my area.i am right wing with morals.
    Let’s sort out the unions that seem to control A&B council,reduce numbers,privatise the good bits and run down the bad bits.
    Bring in private companies from England thus reducing the SNPs chances of garnishing further support.
    If you think this is a good plan,speak to me?

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 6 Thumb down 12

    R.B Stoker March 11, 2016 8:13 pm Reply
    • Your wife sounds like a very sensible woman and her encouragement to you to devote your energies to the betterment of Argyll are a testament to her self sacrificing generosity. I’m sure she’d miss having you aboot the hoose.

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      jake March 12, 2016 12:58 am Reply
    • Mr Stoker, you take my breath away with your ingenuity. Your wife should be commended too. Private companies from England to help sort out A&B, I wish I had thought of that. It is very humbling that you are so self sacrificing and philanthropic, would you be from Surrey by any chance? As the locals put in the their quaint dialect, tha mo bhàta-foluaimein loma-làn easgannan, nobody can deny that. Oidhche mhath Lachie.

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      Lachie Macquarie March 15, 2016 7:38 pm Reply
  • Sure your winding us up Bram

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    Tom Hayward March 11, 2016 8:25 pm Reply
  • Ofcourse not,my man. This mob rule mentality in Argyll must be suppressed at all costs. If we don’t move swiftly,the SNP will rule the whole of North Britain shortly.
    This will simply just not do,old boy.
    Do you think I would garnish support as I could do a lot better than that Green labour chap who hid under the bushel as an independent in the last farcical by election?

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 9 Thumb down 7

    R.B Stoker March 11, 2016 8:32 pm Reply
    • You back on the toot again?

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      John M March 11, 2016 8:38 pm Reply
    • aye right
      Wrote any good books lately ?
      Or did you only have the one good book Vlad the Impaler in you ?

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      Tom Hayward March 11, 2016 8:40 pm Reply
  • Just tell Gideon to send big big queque. Tell him to do it now.

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    willie March 11, 2016 8:50 pm Reply
  • On a personal level, I was saddened to hear of Iain Angus’s resignation this evening. He was scunnered with the way the council worked and he was correct to take that view. But he is a very perceptive individual and he knew why this council is rotting away under the so called leadership of Messrs Walsh and Morton. Radical change is needed to ensure we don’t have any more resignations from those who understand the need for that radical change.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 18 Thumb down 15

    Cllr Michael Breslin March 11, 2016 8:58 pm Reply
    • Where can that radical change come from Cllr Breslin?

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      John M March 11, 2016 9:05 pm Reply
      • John M, vote Conservative just to give those that deserve it a bloody nose, then start by asking all A & B councillors to justify themselves, that should clear the decks.
        Lastly all residents of A & B should consider carefully what any candidate is promising and hold them to account.

        Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 16 Thumb down 5

        Richard March 11, 2016 9:57 pm Reply
        • Richard,that’s the spirit that made England glorious. Let’s sock it to them.I could stand as a Conservative,although I am a Boris fan and a dissenter of Cameron.
          We need radical English Right wing politics to sort these imbeciles out in Argyll.
          Do you stand with me,Brother.

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          R.B Stoker March 11, 2016 10:00 pm Reply
          • The only time England has ever been “glorious” is when the Scots fan the Empire on their behalf.
            Times have moved on,with Scots the most educated country in Europe.No need to pillage other countries now for self gain.
            We can do this ourself,in our own back yard.
            Finally,GERS- what a miserable advert that is for Union Dividend!
            Even Latvia are performing better than the UK. Wake up people and let’s get out of this nightmare!

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            A.Salmon March 13, 2016 3:50 pm
        • I had a moment tonight before I go into the tank here in Trini.
          You have given me the best laugh I’ve had in years. So much so that my Blood pressure is too high at present,to dive.Be better tomorrow though,will yours?
          SNP will romp the SG elections,thanks for your support Dick!

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          Hugh Jazz March 11, 2016 10:12 pm Reply
          • Jazz, try Willie’s begging memo’s for the A83, you will be proud of his efforts!

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            Richard March 11, 2016 10:38 pm
  • Cllr Breslin; Ian Angus MacDonald may well have been scunered and a perceptive individual but he certainly has left the stage to the sound of his own footsteps. I also hope that Andrew Vennard stands as he is buliding up a respectable share of the vote and is not afraid to stand by his principles. I voted for him last time and will do so again. Never thought i would but there you go.

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    phill March 11, 2016 10:48 pm Reply
  • In my opinion if a councillor is elected by the voters as an independent and he/she decides to “jump ship” to another political party then they should do the decent thing and resign.
    They can stand for re-election representing their new political party.
    Why do councillors such as Councillor Macdonald not do this, because they do not want to run the risk of losing their annual salary plus the perks attached to being an Argyll & Bute councillor.

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    Treble T March 11, 2016 11:51 pm Reply
    • There is no logic to your post treble t
      If he was only interested in his “salary” why would he resign?
      Please check out the other councillors attendance and tell us why they haven’t resigned.
      My guess is they do not resign because there “salary” is guaranteed by not resigning. They also know to collect their salary when they do not have to do any real work, except vote when Dick tells them to.

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      Keitho March 12, 2016 10:05 pm Reply
  • Another Community Councillor from Oban!! Who needs Argyll and Bute.

    Will Labour support an independent party member scared to say they are labour? Neil McIntyre seems to have had more to say when he was a community councillor. Maybe he can clarify?

    SNP win.

    Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 8 Thumb down 14

    No Cheese Here March 12, 2016 2:40 pm Reply
    • NCH – when the faithful responded to her announcement on independence, was there a wee look of fear in Nicola’s eye?

      Hot debate. What do you think? Thumb up 12 Thumb down 8

      John M March 12, 2016 6:00 pm Reply
      • Only broad grins John M,
        A great conference speech from the UK’s most charismatic politician.
        The party leader that every party wishes was their party leader.
        Gggggggggg rrrrrrrrrrr i i i i i i i i i i i i i ii i i i i i i i i i nnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

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        Keitho March 12, 2016 10:26 pm Reply
        • There’s no getting away from it Keitho, she’s a great speaker and holds her audience well. Lot’s and lot’s of promises, well maybe not lot’s and lot’s, I noticed no commitment for a 2nd referendum in the next parliament. Do you think they are holding that one back for tomorrow?

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          John M March 12, 2016 10:57 pm Reply
      • eh No! the fear was in your face reflected on the tele.

        Back to the post about Oban and Argyll. SNP win. Even newsie has to recognise the fact.

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        No Cheese Here March 13, 2016 12:13 am Reply
  • I’m having a good day today.An hour ago the doc gave me the green to dive. Feeling fit.
    A friend sent me Nicola’s speech. Felt really teary for the first time in my life.
    Scotland will be free of Wastemonster very soon,have faith.
    Did you see that plank Osborne trying to explain how his Black hole has expanded in the past 4 months. Anyone listening to this snake oil salesman,must have caught on by now,no?

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    Hugh Jazz March 12, 2016 10:13 pm Reply
  • Lol.enjoyed reading some of the comments on here,but would like to dispel the myth that we will be independent soon.
    I don’t know if anyone read the Edinburgh agreement,I suggest some snp supporters should.
    Secondly there is no referendum plans in the snp manifesto for only the second time in the snp,s history, wake up to reality, no referendum will happen even after we voted to leave the eu.

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    Peter March 13, 2016 12:57 pm Reply
    • Are you at present,writing he SNP Manifesto?
      The Manifesto does not get released for public consumption until next week.
      Your post reflects your own agenda but has no factual basis.
      Enjoy Osborne’s desperate Austerity budget next week along with the SNP Manifest.Only one of these items will hurt you personally.
      Please tell us which one?

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      A.Salmon March 13, 2016 3:45 pm Reply
  • Keitho,you can only imagine the size of my underpants! I could hold a labour conference in mine……..chortle!

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    Jackie Bayleaf March 13, 2016 3:59 pm Reply

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