Rustle with Russell

What arrived in this morning’s post but a self-promotional prospectus from local MSP, Michael Russell.

Such exercises are necessary in bad times. And this does lighten the mood.

In the parallel universe politicians inhabit, Mr Russell:

  • promotes ‘collaborative working’. The two felled SNP council leaders will one day testify warmly to his own Quasar-powered performance in this respect? This morning’s puff actually says: ‘collaborative working – one of the things Argyll does best’. Not universally.
  • tells us he is ‘pressing’ mobile phone companies. Bad news for the share value of Vodaphone, Orange, O2 etc – given the outcome of his persistent  ‘pressing’ of his local party.
  • worships at the feet of the Scottish Ferries Review – did he read the same document everyone else read or are there ‘platinum’ versions for SNP MSPs?
  • and presents the Glen Croe ‘relief’ road [comic relief perhaps] as the second coming of the Scottish Government.

Oh – and he is ‘bracing for the bedroom tax’. No jokes please.

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  • What exactly does he say about his work with mobile phone companies?

    I do find it odd that so few of these SNP representatives have websites they can use to tell all of us what they’re doing.

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    Mairi April 29, 2013 11:47 am Reply
    • We’ve not seen it but we got a press release a while back announcing that Mr Russell has his own App.
      He is also an assiduous texter, tweeter and blogger, so, if you google his name, you’re bound to find him telling you all about himself on one of several online venues.
      He has actually been in quite deep political trouble during the 2007 administration, in relation to a very unpleasant smearing blog his assistant wrote [The Universality of Cheese] – wholly unknown to his principal, of course.
      Russell denied all knowledge when the stuff hit the fan after an appalling smear on an MSP of another party – and left his assistant and close friend to take the bullet – he lost his job. ‘Put not your trust in princes’ and all that.

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      newsroom April 29, 2013 12:17 pm Reply
  • Yes, mine went straight in the bin as-well.

    Who ‘s money is paying for this self promotional dribble? This does tell us one thing though..the mans running scared, he’s in deep trouble and he doesn’t have the shoes for it.

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    mary walker April 29, 2013 11:49 am Reply
  • This personal vendetta against the SNP and Mike Russell in particular is getting a bit out of hand. I prefer balance in my news and don’t read many of the UK and Scottish press for that reason. I know that you don’t do balance, I read the editorial policy, but what began as an excellent website for news in Argyll has now descended into a vile anti-SNP rant worthy of Alan Reid, Brian Wilson or the Daily Record. I have decided to bail out and make up my own mind about the news I read rather than having somebody else’s view of it streamed into my living room. There are plenty of choices. I am sure that the editor of “Cowal Courier” has his own political views, but he keeps them to himself and scatters his criticism in any direction where this is necessary, not just at one target. That is the difference between a news website and a personal blog. I’ll pop in from time to time to see if balance has been restored but I won’t hold my breath. Goodbye!

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    Andy April 29, 2013 12:35 pm Reply
    • Andy, I understand your comment. However, without meaning to be provocative, I have been on newsnetscotland now for a while, on recommendation of someone on here who has disappeared.

      And if you want to talk about vendettas, look no further than the pages of newsnetscotland.

      You have the same story week in, week out about the BBC being biased. Total paranoia. Everyweek they string out the ‘Arkan donation’ story like it’s new news and wonder why the BBC dno’t do the same. They want publicity for the website, but I don’t think any non political person would think favourably of the merits of Indy if they read the pages. Negative, bitching, petty and completely biased. Oh – and most contributors are anonymous – regardless of what those on here say to defend, it’s a sad day when you can’t put your name to a debate. Ashamed of the cause?

      But worst of all Andy, unlike on here, Pro-Union people rarely, if ever, have their comments published. They use the cop-out of ‘we cannot guarantee every comment will be published’. Convenient.

      So whilst sure, this site does lean towards the No camp, at least all others are welcome to comment and the debate is pretty interesting. Your contributions are valuable – pointless all agreeing with each other and rubbing each others’ backs!

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      Jamie Black April 29, 2013 1:06 pm Reply
    • There is no personal or political vendetta – simply utter disillusionment, disbelief, anger and contempt for the mess that has been inflicted on Argyll.
      You forget that we did not make this mess. We comment upon it – and who with an objective mind could find anything balanced to say about something so wholly unnecessary, so undisciplined, so disregarding of its elected responsibilities and so immovably set on self-destruction – for supposed political advantage.
      There is a place for balance but there is nothing to balance here. It is an unmitigated and willed disaster.
      You forget too that we openly and warmly supported this party and this group. We did not chose to change that view, It and they taught us that there is no responsible alternative.
      Local and probably national political history will not forget this farcical episode in Argyll and Bute. It is beyond understanding – but not beyond anger.
      We are getting emails and phone calls from SNP supporters who are literally as close to heartbroken as it is possible to be. Many are people that have built much of their lives and certainly much of their hope around this party and, locally, around this group and its wider circle.
      They never deserved what has been dished up to them and to all of us in this self-centred bog.

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      newsroom April 29, 2013 1:17 pm Reply
      • I don’t believe a word of this. Your pathological dislike of Mr Russell is obvious from every sentence you write. This can be dated back to the schools issue and is just a personal grudge.

        This “disaster” is overblown nonsense. There has been a serious clash of personalities and priorities within the SNP group on the Council but are you really trying to tell us that this is worse than has been seen in other local authorities and indeed at national government levels? The Leader of the Glasgow City Council is currently being investigated by the police, the Standards Commission and Audit Scotland over his interference in a tendering process having narrowly missed being prosecuted after having been caught In flagrante delicto with another man in the back seat of a car on a public street. And you question the integrity of some of our local politicians? Remember the constant infighting in Labour between Brown and Blair. Indeed look at how Labour MPs rubbish the proposals from their supposed leader in Scotland. Look at the Lib Dems merrily throwing sworn policies out the window at Westminster as soon as they had a whiff of power. Look at the internal fighting in the Tories over Europe. Remember the expenses scandals, cash for questions, illegal wars… we could go on.

        You seriously need to get some sort of perspective if you think the SNP group in ABC is remotely near that that bad. National political history hasn’t even noticed what’s going on in Argyll – it is much more focussed on the things that actually matter to the nation.

        “We are getting emails and phone calls from SNP supporters who are literally as close to heartbroken as it is possible to be”. After your failure to admit that your story from yesterday about the convenor of the local constituency party resigning was completely false there is no way that anyone except the gullible is ever going to believe a word of what you write on here.

        Just remember your comment about Mr Salmond and lying and reflect on that for a while.

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        Fletcher of Saltoun April 29, 2013 4:07 pm Reply
        • Fletcher, Salmond was blatantly lying, are you trying to tell the people of Argyll that he wasn’t.

          The SNP trinity doesn’t know what the truth is anymore. The truth for them is what they make it, but the people of Scotland have stopped believing their lies, and they know it.

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          mary walker April 29, 2013 5:37 pm Reply
          • Mary: no he wasn’t. Even (unbiased) pro Labour people admit that. But you keep believing the myths.

            And besides, that wasn’t my point. Lynda Henderson purported a story to be true when it wasn’t and then refused to either correct the story or offer an apology. That makes her a liar and thuis (by her own words) utterly untrustworthy. No real journalist would behave this way.

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            Fletcher of Saltoun April 29, 2013 7:44 pm
  • That makes sense Andy, pop back in when its safe, most SNP lurkers are also looking for reasons to bail out of For Argyll right now when the going gets tough, a bit like bailing out of power In Argyll and Bute. Why not just say I can’t take it anymore?

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    MB April 29, 2013 12:54 pm Reply
    • Pah!, Pah! and thrice Pah!

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      Cecil April 29, 2013 1:10 pm Reply
  • That Bob Allan the CA Convenor hasn’t resign shows how distorted SNP values have become. LOL on Cowal Courier impartiality – he has been the conduit for the vile personal attacks on Councillor Robb (no moderation there).
    However newsie your understandable disappointment over Mike Russell is starting to make him a martyr. Let him dig his own political grave.

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    Anne April 29, 2013 4:26 pm Reply
    • Please confirm for me –Is the story that the convener resigned True or a Lie?

      Please persuade your pal in ForArgyll also to recognise the correct answer and you both may have a chance to move on with your lives.

      Sinner repent!

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      H20 April 29, 2013 10:06 pm Reply
  • Newsroom it is your duty to report the facts, and the innuendoes,the shock and horror of anything that involves the population of A&B. If you did not we would be exposed to an authoritarian dog’s body that timidly obeys a ruthless, and uncaring agenda of the officers of the executive department.As a member of the SNP , it grieves me to say the above. However, I don’t live under a stone as I prefer close scrutiny and I thank you for reporting of perceived truth. People may differ but what cannot be denied is that one motion and an amendment will not save elderly care homes. We need to identify finances and resources. I have tried to identify real cash that are there for the money suits’s gravy train, in the hope that others will do the same. If only we had the beginnings of accountability and transparency from officials. We would have a well oiled machine and a not the present car crash.

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    Larry Nugent April 29, 2013 5:35 pm Reply
    • perceived truth—- Is that the truth or a fantasy that is based on a lie?

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      H20 April 29, 2013 10:11 pm Reply
  • I wonder where Michael Russell will pop up next as a MSP when Argyll & Bute rejects him ?
    He had already stood as a candidate in much of the country before arriving in Argyll .

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    Islay for ever April 29, 2013 6:29 pm Reply
    • Dont think he will be standing anywhere. Aloof, arrogant, bullying and dismissive for starters. Doubt he will get the party endorsement.

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      phill April 29, 2013 9:40 pm Reply
  • Pardon me for being naive but, if Mike Russell (and not forgetting his cute little sidekick Mike MacKenzie) have created such a quantity of ordure that it’s now flying off the fan and hitting all of us in the face – then why aren’t they splattered with it as well?
    Speaking personally I – and I don’t doubt many responsible Councillors and members of the electorate in Argyll & Bute -do not regard being coated with egotistical sh*te as being synonymous with “collaborative working”.

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    ClootieDumpling April 29, 2013 10:16 pm Reply
  • Lynda

    You really should admit to being misinformed about Bob Allan’s resignation – and name the liar. I know that journalists like to respect the anonymity of their sources, but that doesnt apply to liars does it?

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    Gerry Fisher April 30, 2013 4:22 am Reply
  • I don’t know who fed the guff to FA but maybe we can start a charity “guess the leaker” with monies going to “Save Struan Lodge Campaign”.
    Who could object to keeping a good care open?
    Contenders
    Lynda Henderson (speaking to herself)
    Anne I hate cyber nats (no I am not a labour/tory plant)
    Simon
    Islay for Ever (but prefers Campbelltown)
    Neil (vote for me if there is a bye-election) McIntyre
    Councillor (I don’t care what the vote was—Struan is closing) Robb
    Councillor (Breslin’s off my Christmas card list) Semple
    Add as you please

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    H20 April 30, 2013 9:22 am Reply
  • In my opinion, newspapers, especially tabloids, have often published things that aren’t correct. They do not go around constantly apologising or naming their sources.
    However, what can often be said is that there is ‘no smoke without fire’ and there may be an element of truth behind the issue which only time will reveal.

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    Lowry April 30, 2013 9:22 am Reply
    • Did he resign? Has he resigned?

      Before going to “press” do you not confirm that what you write is accurate. Did FA speak to the individual to confirm or deny the rumour.
      Was For Argyll told to write it to undermine the individual?
      The inability and unwillingness for FA to retract the falsehood shows in my mind a level of malevolence.

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      H20 April 30, 2013 9:29 am Reply
      • This reads a bit like a tantrum to me.

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        Lowry April 30, 2013 9:37 am Reply
        • Lowry
          I think we can see the side of the fence your on–does reporting the truth not matter? ==
          or by repeating something that is not true do you hope it will be believed?
          Is the story as put by FA that the convener has resigned True?

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          h20 April 30, 2013 11:15 pm Reply
          • BTW, It wisnae me.

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            Larry Nugent May 1, 2013 9:36 am
    • Lowry, you are backing a loser siding with Newsroom on this one. Dress this up how you will, fact is FA told us all Bob Allan had resiged, he had not, it was factually incorrect and deserves correction as H2O quite rightly calls for. Whether he had come close to or not is not the point, fact is he did not resign.
      This must now surely lead some on here to question or at least cautiously take at face value many of FA’s other claims, especially ones which cannot be as easily revealed as bogus.

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      JnrTick May 1, 2013 12:12 am Reply
  • We had authoritative information that the Convenor was resigning and we had authoritative information after publication that he had later been persuaded not to do so.
    At the time of publishing what we said was correct. We have nothing to apologise for, nor will we.
    What is important is that, for the health and credibility of political life, Mr Allan has to resign.
    If he does not and if the SNP underwrite a situation where – for whatever reason – the local constituency party can, with impunity, organise against its own party’s adminstration, no responsible voter could support them.
    Such an action would be an abandonment of due discipline and the enshrining of the precedent of a permissible laissez faire regime that no organisation, never mind a political party, could survive.
    The advice to the Convenor not to resign was every bit as eccentric as was the management of this entire episode; its source was the same and was the source that led Mr Allan into this politically ndefensible folly.

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    newsroom May 1, 2013 12:28 am Reply
    • More utter rubbish from Lynda Henderson. Have you actually spoken to Bob Allen? Whoever told you the story sold you a pup and in your arrogance you cannot admit to be wrong so you make up this story that he was persuaded not to resign.

      Your position is completely untenable.

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      Dr Douglas McKenzie May 1, 2013 8:39 am Reply
      • I agree – but it’s Mr Robb’s position that is untenable. To feed this information to FA is frankly appalling.

        I just wish FA would own up and admit that Mr Robb sold them the pup. I could be wrong, but probably not far wrong if I am.

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        Jamie Black May 1, 2013 11:56 am Reply
        • Councillor Robb’s contact with us on this matter has been limited to a fairly strong querying of an aspect of the article we published earlier, working to estimate the current staffing costs at Struan Lodge. Since we were working as best we could to provide some indication for our readers of the likely cost of staffing at this care home, we were resistant to the impact of his query.
          It is simplistic to assume that our respect for someone who has worked to insist on the primacy of collective responsibility and due process and who has had the courage to continue to do so in the face of frightful personal vilification, means that we are in cahoots with him or that we necessarily support every aspect of his policy.
          Our track record shows our genuine independence and that we support and oppose on evidence and on an issue by issue basis.
          We give no one and nothing carte blanche and it is fair to say that there is no one we have not offended.
          We’re not in any popularity contest. We’re simply working to get issues straight for our readers, to emphasise the need for an evidence base for decisions and claims of any kind – and to supply such evidence as best we can.

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          newsroom May 1, 2013 9:38 pm Reply
    • Agree with you here newsroom. For working with a small staff you generally get it right and ive no reason to doubt your explanation on this occasion.
      The Argyll SNP have let their supporters down badly.

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      phill May 2, 2013 5:38 pm Reply
  • Who was your source because based on the term authoritative if there was ever a “misnomer” this is it.

    Why should he resign your not a member of the SNP and the vast majority of members support his actions. Take this comment as authoritative- unless your a councillor or the exec team who are divorced from the grass roots.

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    Dougie May 1, 2013 9:54 am Reply
  • Jnr tick “This must now surely lead some on here to question or at least cautiously take at face value many of FA’s other claims”.

    Well I’ve been saying just that for years on here!

    And no H20 – I didn’t and don’t ‘leak’ stories to Newsie.

    Her imagination is far more inventive than mine could ever be 🙂

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    Simon May 1, 2013 10:38 am Reply
    • I wonder if it the same ‘authoritative source’ that made up the Spy Accounts fiasco. Just saying

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      Michael Banks May 1, 2013 10:47 am Reply

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