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
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- 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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- MV Loch Seaforth for Stornoway-Ullapool: a tale of public sector ‘management’
On a point of information: you cannot refer to ‘CMAL/CalMac’ or ‘CMAL’CalMac boards’. The companies are not associated other than as supplier and client; and as being the property of the Scottish Government of the day..
Cmal is an incorporated, supposedly ‘arms-length’, state owned company. It is a standalone, with no affiliated corporate junion or senior companies.
Caledonian MacBrayne is an incorporated, supposedly ‘arms-length’, state owned company – but is one of the state owned David MacBrayne Limited group of companies.
NorthLink Ferries used to be a member of this group, also as a supposedly ‘arms-length’ state owned company, until the Northern Isles Ferry Services contract was awarded instead to Serco, at which point the NorthLink brand stayed with the service and the company itself went out of existence.
Argyll Ferries, a subsidiary company of Caledonian MacBrayne and part of the David MacBrayne Limited group, is also a supposedly ‘arms-length’ state owned company.
CMAL and CalMac are therefore both owned by the Scottish Government [as 'Scottish Ministers'] but there is no corporate realtionship between them. They are not sister companies. Their Boards are zeparately appointed.
There is no great affinity between them either, with a key incident in the recent past being a cause of it. This is a matter which we disclosed a couple of years ago having learned of it from sources in Northern Irealand; and is something which we will revisit.
- Ascot to Scottish Tourism Week: Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative
There is an issue here. we were unable to see the logic of the Ascot presence and our questions on the strategy involved went unanaswered.
We have been – and remain – concerned by a loss of concentrated strategic focus that appears to have stricken AITC, ironically since it was granted council and HIE funding.
The flair’s not there and any hard or soft edged marketing needs flair – the one indispensable.
We think back to a seminal period which has not been taken into the development drive whose promise it exuded – the Tourism Summit at Portavadie.
That was packed with commitment, ideas, initiatives, energy, hope and fun.
Kintyre Express came in from the sea in tribute to the location. Brian Keating was pushing issues like air PSOs. The Scottish RYA was putting a hard edged business case for leisure sailing facilities and stepping stones of marinas through Argyll waters….
There was hope – there was a shedload of buy-in from the industry, there was static electricity everywhere.
At this stage we felt AITC was taking off and towing Argyll upwards behind it. The council was starting to loosen its stays and feel imaginative. We were on the way. Everyone was on board.
Now somehow, for whatever reason, the heart, lungs and mind don’t seem to be there.
We continue to hope but we need to be convinced.
- Ascot to Scottish Tourism Week: Argyll and the Isles Tourism Cooperative
That is a serious issue.
Public money is always at a discount in the public sector.
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The SNP Scottish Government’s plan for minimum pricing of alcohol was strategic, brave and rated as a serious contributor to the address to the issue you correctly identify.
It is a major loss that this plan was deliberately derailed – largely by the immensely well funded lobbying power of drinks giant, Diageo, whose profits are swollen by the misery of the vulnerable whom they exploit.
They fronted their campaign on the visceral romance of Scotch whisky – which was already beyond the minimum price that was planned and would have remained unaffected.
What they really wanted to protect was the profit margin on their cheap alcopops and vodka – the major stepping stones in developing a drink habit in teenagers and thereby protecting profits well ibto the future.
Diageo too played a major part in taking down the later attempt by the UK government to introduce the same ‘measure’.
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BBC Scotland was intimidated by continuous protest from the Scottish Government [which had learned well the Alastair Campbell lessons of just how to do this] during the indy campaign and failed markedly to interrogate as it should and in the public interest, what was demonstrably a flawed prospectus. It came under SNP fire because,b while wrongly diluting its necessary independence, it did not quite make the trip to open hagiography.
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