Comment posted Argyll First endorse Michael Breslin in Dunoon vote by newsroom.
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.
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- 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?
- 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.
- 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.
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- Indy, research funding and Scottish universities
Anyone is welcome to put their views on this site, Graeme. That’s what the Comments facility is there to enable.
I was an academic for a substantial period and have experience both of engaging in academic research and of supervising doctoral research; of the way research funding works; of the way the research process works; of what drives it and what enables it to be the best.
Of course Scottish universities would continue to do research but without membership of the common research area we have at the moment, it is hard to see how they could hope to produce the top flight results they have been producing in the current research environment.
Most research has a value but if a small country wants to get its research into orbit, it needs a bigger rocket than it can fuel by itself.
Anyone may say what they wish on this but I defer to no one on the soundness of the argument this piece presents.
And it has nothing whatsoever to do with nationality.
- Campbeltown Picture House planning for spectacular return
In many cases we would agree with you.
In this case, with the Campbeltown Community Business working closely with the funders to ensure that they meet the requirements of the applications’ processes when they submit them – and with the general level of awareness and interest there is in this project, we are confident that the project will succeed and the work will be done.
There is little attraction in going to an event that marks a temporary closure so, while we have no information on the event or the size of its audience, it is not surprising if there were few there.
When the Picture House reopens, it will be an object of curiosity and interest over a wide area.
If the team and their consultants get the ambience right and the programming right [these are their next series of challenges - it's pretty sadistic in the continuing demands], that initial curiosity is – and must be – convertible to a regular audience.
This initiative has so much to offer to the community life of Campbeltown, to its business community and to support for economic growth, it has a strong likelihood of success – and the voluntary members of the Community Business have their feet to the Board.
- On nationalism
If you’re referring to the author of the letter, you demonstrate the process he is talking about.
If you’re talking about the author of the article, myself – I am a rationalist, not a nationalist. The two are not compatible.
- On nationalism
It has to be doubtful that the egg-lobbers of Kirkcaldy see: ‘a Yes vote about trying to protect what is left of the values and institutions that many of us used to think of as being British’.
There is though a very challenging play by the Irish playwright,Tom KIlroy – Double Cross.
This identifies the double-jeopardy of empire as being that a state newly emerged from empire into independence and forming its own identity, has no template other than empire – and so ‘creates’ itself in the image of its former imperial principal.
What you are saying here carries all of the symptoms of that particular double cross.
How can you know that there never was a better way of doing any of the British things you claim, bizarrely, that a ‘Yes’ vote is designed to preserve? [And the notion that the proposed new Scotland is conceived of as a place of sanctuary for the repository of the sacred artefacts of the Union you would destroy is the laugh of the campaign.]
The NHS, for example, is now a sacred cow by default. It would be a positive advantage to be free to start again in defining, shaping and delivering a national health service free at the point of delivery.
Your stance would be more worthy of respect had you shown an independence of mind that is willing to think newly.
It is also noticeable that you choose the soft option of engaging with the patently honest letter – from the already paralysed victim of the action you support Scotland to take; and that you are sufficiently arrogant to assume that your own idealism is in some way ‘better’ than his?.
You fail to engage with the major issues of the Achilles heels of nationalism – its chauvinism, its utopianism and its incipient racism.
And by the way, the federation that the United Kingdom should move to become and which would without doubt be the most popular option of all – cross-party and across the Union – would not be a ‘unitary state’.
- On nationalism
‘we ourselves’ and ‘ourselves alone’ have the same connotation of comfort in separateness.
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