Comment posted Challenge to ALL ‘Independent’ council election candidates by newsroom.
Argyll First have told us that there is ‘No way will we join a coalition with the current Alliance’. They sent us this statement to clarify their position.
From: Argyll First
Argyll First is a non political group of like minded individuals who have a common purpose to put the interests of the people of Argyll First.
We feel that it is important to re-emphasise the Aims and Objectives of Argyll First given that a number of candidates standing in this weeks election have expressed an interest in joining the group should they become elected. http://forargyll.com/2011/06/argyll-first-ready-to-recruit-like-minded-candidates-for-2012-election/
Some key points worth considering.
Argyll First are not registered with the Election Commission to do so would undermine the whole point of the group
Members of Argyll First have a free vote on all issues
Argyll First put people before politics
Argyll First have been the only 3 elected members to take a !0% pay cut during the term of the present Council
Argyll First have been totally consistent in their support of viable Rural Schools
Argyll First have argued the case on two occasion in the Council chambers in an attempt to return democracy to Argyll and Bute Council
The motion put forward in 2010 received support from just three Councillors
The motion put forward in 2011 received support from eleven Councillors
We are pleased to note at long last our calls are being heard and that other groups are now coming on side regarding the scrapping of the undemocratic executive Committee
If reelected we intend to put a motion forward in 2012 and look forward to achieving one of our many goals by receiving the necessary support required from a new administration in 2012.
Argyll first want to abolish the centralised Planning and Licensing Committee and reinstate decision making to the local Area Committee thereby making your local elected councillor responsible for decisions affecting your local area.
Argyll first are delighted that on the 15th of May they have been invited to make an oral presentation to the petitions committee at the Scottish Parliament in support of their petition Sign for the A83.
This to our knowledge is the first occasion that Councillors from Argyll and Bute have been invited to do so
Members of Argyll First have mutual respect and a good working relationship with our Msps in the Scottish Parliament in particular Mike Russell and Jamie McGrigor
Argyll First look forward to continue working in positive and constructive manner for the benefit of the constituents of Argyll and Bute.
For further information on Argyll First please contact.
Cllr Donald Kelly 07977327751
Cllr Dougie Philand 07554012163
Cllr John Mc Alpine 07594550853
newsroom also commented
- People contacted us Neil because they overtly did not just want to know how each Independent stood on these issues – but wanted to see them commit to a position in public. Our audience makes us the most public platform in Argyll by some way.
The wish to see Independent candidates commit to an individual position on this matter did not, in what we saw, reflect distrust of the candidates but a general suspicion of likely manoeuvres that the experience of Kilmory has taught them to expect.
They seemed to want everyone to see where candidates stood on this – we guess to limit their wriggle room afterwards.
- You are largely right – but we have to leave open the possibility that some current members of the Alliance may change their position.
However, after the block vote on Thursday night last where they agreed to try to impose a specific political managament device on an incoming administration – there’s no evidence of any change of heart anywhere.
Recent comments by newsroom
- Time to stop to think – as the cult sweeps into Campbeltown
In the spirit of what you say, we have removed the joke which signed off the piece above.
There is a distinction between vigorous political campaigning and a level of proselytising that enters the territory of the formation of a cult.
This article is a genuine warning that that line has been crossed; and that sensible people need to consider whether they stay on the dangerous side of that line, join it or retreat from it – while retaining their wish to vote however they like.
- Time to stop to think – as the cult sweeps into Campbeltown
This is not ‘political involvement’ as such, as it is understood – because it is unilateral political involvement and it is being recruited hard, as these three simultaneous initiatives demonstrate.
- As he moves to Cabinet, former Transport Minister tells McGrigor options for the A83 ‘will be kept under review’
Thee are sections of the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful and at Achnatra, where this looks to be an issue.
- ‘And how much would this have cost an independent Scotland?’
Agreed. It was a very serious mistake to insist in the full face of the evidence that the prospectus was correct.
This produced three negatives:
- distrust in competence – because the logic of what was ging to happen was clear [and was spelled out, for example, in For Argyll's own 8-piece series from independent research of the worldwide oil and refining sectors] and denying that logic looked clueless and ham handed;
- distrust in integrity, where competence was assumed;
- resentment at being takes for idiots.
Had the lies on the possession of legal advice on Scotland’s potential EU membership not been told; had the prospectus not been calibrated on endless oil money to pay the bills for extravagant additional increases in benefits, with no increase in taxation; and had there been a well conceived alternative currency proposition, together those would have been worth at least another 5%.
- Clegg dreams of threesome coalition for Westminster in the face of the Groper’s revenge
Thank you db. Corrected to ‘…take some seats from both Labour and the Lib Dems’.
And re yours and Lowry’s remarks on Alan Reid’s position, he lost nearly 5% of his vote last time but both the Conservatives and Labour candidates were between him and the SNP candidate Mike Mackenzie, in fourth place.
This time, Alan Reid has nothing to thank his Leader for tonight.
Clegg’s declaration that the Lib Dems would happily shack up in a Labour coalition with the separatist SNP may well cause the fairly numerous Argyll pro-union voters [alarmed by the growth of support for the SNP since they failed to win the independence referendum] to find a safer place for their votes than the Lib Dems.
Where this happens, we would see the majority of those votes going to the pro-union Labour candidate rather than to the Conservative one, since that party is fielding a candidate untried at this level, from the islands and not widely known across Argyll and Bute.
The SNP in Argyll have too much to purge from the chaos of their betrayal of their electoral support in the local authority election in 2012. They may improve their vote but here, on evidence, they cannot be trusted to put local before party interests and are unlikely to take the seat.
The best bet is on either Alan Reid or the Labour candidate, Mary Galbraith – and it would be a foolish person who wrote off Alan Reid too early.
He may issue silly self promotional material and have developed in his public speaking a shouty manner than does not suit him – but he has been an intelligent, dedicated, unshowy hard working constituency MP whom people will not want to let down.
We do not see the SNP taking Argyll. We would see the Conservative vote fall after Gary Mulvaney’s impressive candidacy last time; but we cannot call it between Alan Reid and Mary Galbraith.
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