When the three-man Argyll First group of councillors came together, they acted as one, with no formal leader, taking decisions collectively.
As Argyll and Bute Council entered what became a widely known and continuing chaotic period, it became necessary for the group to have one person who could negotiate on its behalf and speak for it.
Its first leader then became the popular and conscientious Councillor Dougie Philand from Mid Argyll.
The group had agreed at the outset that they would change leaders periodically and their first changeover has now taken place, with Councillor Donald Kelly from South Kintyre taking over from Councillor Philand.
Since May 2012, Argyll First has been a consenting part of a series of four administrations. The first three of these were SNP-led coalitions. The current one is led, again, by Councillor Dick Walsh of the Alliance of Independent Councillors, now representing the Argyll and Bute for Change Alliance – an unlikely compendium, to say the least.
It is a marriage of mutual convenience between the Alliance of Independents, whose deadweight percentage is high; Argyll First; some renegade SNP members who still apparently remain members of the party [whose own rump of 8 councillors forms the sole opposition to a 28-strong administration]; and a few stray independents. Got that? Hardly straightforward but this is Argyll and Bute.
Argyll and Bute for Change is in power with the Argyll, Lomond and the Isles group, numerically the larger of the two partners but in an administration which, nevertheless, is led, for the time being anyway, by Councillor Walsh.