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
- 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.
- Jim Murphy hit by eggs in Kirkcaldy
On a point of fact: the ‘Seagull Whisperer’ at Mr Murphy’s Oban street session was not an apocryphal incident. We were there. We have the photographs. We christened him. His powers were mesmeric.
- Indy, the banks and the Scottish economy
About 20 months ago, Alastair Darling who was Chancellor at the time of the major period of meltdown in the financial sector in the Autumn of 2008 gave this first hand insight on his experience of the recapitalisation of RBS: ‘All I can tell you is that, on the night of 7 [October] 2008, no one at all anywhere in the world rushed to chip in to bail out RBS, despite the fact that it had a very large trading arm in the United States and many of the losses that it made were there.
‘Obviously the US Fed was immensely helpful in terms of liquidity support and tiding over;it kept RBS going for a whole afternoon when it got into trouble on that Tuesday.
‘When it came to recapitalisation, though — I think that the recapitalisation figure is about 30 percent of Scottish GDP — there was no one queuing up to do it. As Mervyn King said, these banks are global in life but national in death.’
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