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.
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I have never been an ‘Ulster Unionist’ I do not know Mr Clegg. I am no part of any political or other clique. I now have no political affiliations.
I have joined two political parties in my lifetime.
I joined the Labour Party of Northern Ireland when it was set up in 1985 by the late Paddy Devlin, since Northern Ireland had a serious political deficit being a member of the UK but with no UK parties established there. The LPNI did not survive too long in the largely sectarian politics of Northern Ireland it was set up to render redundant.
I joined the SNP early in the 2007 minority administration as I was and remain deeply respectful of the abilities and achievements of Argyll’s then MSP, Jim Mather. I left the SNP early in the independence campaign when I saw, on independently researched evidence, its prospectus to be disappointingly incompetent and downright dishonest. I was relieved to have come to this decision when I saw how primitively tribal, abusive and divisise the indy campaign became.
In my voting history, since I make my decisions on the calibre of candidates alone, I have probably voted for representatives of every one of the main UK political parties and for independents – and, in Northern Ireland, for the Social Democrat and Labour Party [SDLP].
For the record, I personally found the most genuine and honest moment in the endless indy campaign to come from the Scottish Conservative MSP, Jamie McGrigor.
At the pro-union launch indoors in Dunoon one night – which was constantly disrupted by a pretty brattish SNP claque, Jamie McGrigor, who was on his feet at the time, uncharacteristically turned on them and said: ‘Do you know, I am sick of you. I am sick of the lot of you. You’re going on about Bannockburn – but I went to a memorial event recently for Flodden and there was not one single SNP representative there, from any level. Not one.
‘I was there – to pay my respects to the many Scots who died in that battle but no one from the SNP was bothered to come, because they lost.
‘You lot are only interested in the victories, not in the Scots who died in failed attempts. I have no respect for that.’
He sat down to silence and then growing applause.
Being a gentlemanly person, Jamie McGrigor got up again at the enld of the session and apologised to the SNP claque ‘for losing my temper’.
To me, his first intervention blazingly underlined the hyopcrisy of the braveheart stance; and his second one spoke volumes for the sort of civility in politics I did not witness at any other point in the campaign.
So while I am politicised, I am unattached; dogma free; recognise merit, dishonestly and incompetence where I find it; have been and will be profoundly critical of every political party deserving it.
I believe that party politics are redundant and damaging to any state’s chances of progressively building for a balanced and sustainable future.
I believe that the United Kingdom, if it has any political vitality left, must work to become a federal union, as the fairest and most mutually respectful political system for today – and I will openly support that. If the UK proves to have little interest in fundamental reform and redirection, I will not support it again.
And that’s the picture.
- Lamont standing down immediately as Scottish Labour Leader
The desperate grasping at Kezia Dugdale rather suggests that what you fear may happen is on the slipway.
Kezia Dugdale is a talented MSP who shines in a very shallow pool where the best talents are unremarkable.
With experience and a good mentor, she could be an influential politician for the future.
But she is being grabbed at simply because she shines relatively, with no care for the fact that she needs time and guidance to grow to political maturity.
She does not need to be propelled prematurely into the leadership of a haphazard parliamentary group within a national party which is directionless and underfuelled.
With no sign on the horizon – at Holyrood or Westminster, of the thinkers that are so badly needed right now, Labour needs a strong strategic political intelligence to harness and redirect itself. There is no sign of that capability either.
Political fixing and opportunism will get a listless party through the odd bad night but cannot fuel it for an expedition.
The prospects are not good.
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Obviously cross-eyed in adding this one up. Apologies. Will recalibrate this later.
On the second point, this is a rule-of-thumb indicator; and some people who give first prefs do so out of temporary disaffection with another party and are not actually core vote for the party on question. So the most reliable rule-of-thumb is to take votes at face value – including those for newly disaffected independents.
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Had you made your suggestion on the lighting design for the square to Councillor Petrie who might then have taken if forwards at council level and become singularly associated with it through that process?
We should make it clear that it is popular received perception that associates Councillor Petrie with the ‘Comet’ lights, rather than any claim made by the man himself.
It would be very interesting to know of your complete plans for the lighting of the Square and the thinking behind what you had intended.
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It may be that this is an issue Mr Brown has not fully thought through.
He does seem the most capable candidate and the most progressive one.
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