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I’m afraid the record of independent run councils …

Comment posted Argyll First endorse Michael Breslin in Dunoon vote by Dave McEwan Hill.

I’m afraid the record of independent run councils would suggest that no sensible person could support them.
The are usually aimless, lack strategy and direction, have no overall ambition or targets and are incapable of delivering any disciplined course of action.
They also operate in a vacuum without proper scrutiny and, unlike in a political run council, take no individual responsibily for anything when things go tits up.
You can vote out a political party en masse if their policies are wrong. How do you vote out a group of gormless independents?
They almost always find themseves controlled by a couple of strong willed characters and find themselves pushed about by the hired officials most of the time.
Just like Argyll and Bute in recent times!
In short independent run councils are a nightmare.

Dave McEwan Hill also commented

  • “News that Conservative and Unionist Councillor Donald Kelly is endorsing a SNP candidate , having earlier in the week propelled the SNP into administration in Argyll and Bute will result in his long overdue expulsion from the Party ”

    It would be akin to being expelled from the gas chamber or death row

  • “or staff’s emails”

    Hits the spot!

  • As the entertaining sage Oliver brown once pointed out “The value of a man of straw is that he shows which way the wind is blowing”
    Fot the last couple of decades this has obviously been the watchword of the LibDems who, unburdened by any principles or evident policies, unashamedly always followed the latest trend to court popularity.
    When in Argyll and Bute will they wake up to the fact that their recent self-serving association with Dick Walsh was disastrous to them?
  • Michael Breslin is indeed a first class candidate.
    The problem is they will also elect two others in Dunoon

Recent comments by Dave McEwan Hill

  • The black arts of political spin betray SNP fears in Argyll & Bute
    Glad For Argyll has brought this example of Labour Party deceit to our attention. I checked and the Labour Party has asked their supporters to vote Tory in several other seats as well.
    So much for labour Party rules which suggests expulsion for any member that does this
    Has For Argyll asked Labour’s Mary Galbraith what she thinks of being betrayed by her own party?
    That would be real journalism.
    They must have written Alan Reid off against the SNP in this seat but they have asked Labour supporters to vote LibDem in some other seats.
    Panic is the only way to describe this sort of stuff.
  • If you were at the ‘Indy’ debate in Dunoon Burgh Hall tonight, …
    When people resort to silly ad hominem attacks we know they have lost any argument
  • If you were at the ‘Indy’ debate in Dunoon Burgh Hall tonight, …
    For me the most encouraging thing about the meeting was the number of people I had never come across before in a political context who were at the meeting. (I am the manager of the YES shop that was being shouted at, as Patsy points out)
    As far Gordon MacInytre-Kemp goes the notes he was looking at that Gus McKay seems to find remarkable were some points he had scribbled down sitting having a snack in the 51st State before the meeting. Two of the other panelists also had notes which is normal and sensible at meetings. It might have helped Rob Shorthouse if he had had notes!
    I assume the couple of us sitting at the front were the SNP members Gus was referring to. As we are working every day in YES with Green Party members, Labour party members, LibDem members, SSP members, even some Tory members and people who are in no party at all we were not the slightest bit put out by Sarah Collins stating that she was not a member of the SNP.
  • UK Government plans to devolve financial levers to Scotland – and power to abolish the Bedroom Tax at will
    But no control of oil and gas revenues,excise duty,VAT,fuel duty, corporation tax, etc etc – the big ones. What a joke.
  • Council Meeting: resounding endorsement of Council Leader as inclusive way forward agreed
    Blair and McIntyre abstained. That is the fact.
    I feel very strongly for some of the SNP council group who find themselves being dragged into bad places on a call to their loyalty which of course keeps political parties functioning. This recess gives a respite which may allow some to escape from the predicaments they find themselves in. They have been ill served indeed by successive leaders but have to accept the responsibility of having chosen them in the first place.
    Having been made aware of Roddy’s haverings on radio yesterday (advising the Scottish Government on how to do things!)it is now pretty evident that he lives on a different planet to the rest of us and likeable though he is he just doesn’t get it. Any notion that he is in charge is debateable indeed and it looks like the power base of Roddy’s empire is to the east of Argyll. However, as I pointed out earlier, he (and a couple close to him)can enjoy their extra payments in the meantime.

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