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Comment posted Argyll First endorse Michael Breslin in Dunoon vote by newsroom.

Mr Russell’s politics are, in many ways, as ‘old school’ as Mr Walsh’s, both are of the ‘whatever does the business’ view.

It will be part of the challenge for the new coalition administration and for the SNP group within it, to stand on their own values and to find their own way.

Just as they should not be officer-led, they should not be MSP-led either.

If they are to win the trust and the respect of the general electorate and unite Argyll, there must be no smart tricks, just intelligent hard work and fairness for all above all things. Argyll is hungry for that.

newsroom also commented

  • Donald Kelly makes his personal voting preference public – unlike many others. He also makes it clear that his affinity within the council is with the Argyll First group which he co-founded and which, as a non-political group, constitutionally accepts individuals of any political persuasion.

    Unlike even more others he puts the interests of Argyll before those of the party he personally supports.

    Voters clearly did not share the confected expressions of confusion amongst the comments above.

    Had they not done so, they would have voted differently.

    As a councillor respected for his integrity, Donald Kelly got the most powerful personal vote in Argyll. That is what tells the story that matters to real people.

    If politicians paid attention to this story, things might be positively different.

  • Bit of a WOW moment, here, Arnie.
    Tell us more. Where did you see this?
  • Bob – as Private Eye say ‘Shurely shome mishtake’.

    It was the three Argyll First councillors who took a voluntary pay cut of 10% – Donald Kelly, John McAlpine and Dougie Philand – saved the money and donated it to three charities focused on young people.

    Michael Breslin is the SNP candidate standing in the election today for the Dunoon ward of Argyll and Bute – who has been endorsed by the Argyll First group.

  • Absolutely. Of course it is the core responsibility of officers to understand such situations and to ensure that the Council administration is aware of the detail and the implications.

    It is also not unreasonable to expect an alert Council Leader to work this out or to ask questions that produce the right answers.

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