Comment posted Council issues prompt response on Martha Payne’s NeverSeconds clampdown by Robert Wakeham.
It’s the ‘cheap stunt’ remark that I’d like you to clarify, but you’re clearly a busy man. Hope the imbibing doesn’t colour your opinions too much.
Robert Wakeham also commented
- ‘reasoned debate’ – and you talk about ‘cheap stunts’, Prof, but won’t elaborate?
- Easy to assume someone of British professorial standing, but across the pond (and maybe elsewhere) it seems that the term is used as loosely as the description ‘city’.
- So tell us how you know that ‘he was told to do that’, that the the SNP spin machine was responsible for the wording. Tell us what you consider to have been a ‘cheap stunt’, and why. No axe to grind? – come off it, IanFraser
- Without trying to ‘whitewash’ the new council, it doesn’t look to me as if Roddy McCuish did fail his ‘baptism of fire’ – given his very recent ascendancy to the council leadership, his inheritance of both a damaged public relations office and some senior staff who might have been far too cosy with the ‘old guard’, and the fact that the affair blew up in his face just before the weekend. I think that this coming week might be a bigger test of the whole administration, albeit less in the public eye.
- Gus, your comments have now reached the stage where they seem to be going round in circles, and I for one am getting confused about where you’re coming from. As far as I can guess it’s based on resentment at the SNP being the main group in the new council, and on arranging and re-arranging (or ignoring) events and facts to fit your party political convictions. The trouble is, sometimes facts can’t just be conveniently ordered to fit.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- Council cuts teacher numbers – without consultation – at Sandbank Gaelic Medium Unit
At least there’s good news from outwith Argyll today, with the new School Closure Review Panel putting a stop to Highland Council’s plans to close four primaries and consolidate the kids in one new school.
But maybe – in the not too distant future – Scottish schoolkids will be sitting at desks more like those horrible computerised supermarket checkouts, with nary a teacher in sight and ‘electronic countermeasures’ to discipline any misbehaviour. Roll over, George Orwell.
- Scottish Water report for 2014-15
I wonder whether they have a relentless focus on building better designed sewage treatment plants – given their various debacles in Argyll not so long ago – and I also wonder what impact the cost of fixing these had on our water bills?
- It’s ‘No’ to fracking from Lancashire
I suspect that – given the enormous publicity around the apparently Cuadrilla-created earth tremor – the councillors considered that it was more than their political lives were worth to approve this, regardless of the procedural and technical niceties of the planning system.
- A814 community not informed on road-resurfacing
I thought that surface dressing of roads was always accompanied – after an interval – by a sweeper truck removing the residual loose chips.
- Greece crisis: the timetable and the moves
They’re Euro currency whatever country issued them, and – ironically – more universally acceptable within the Euro area than Scottish bank notes are within Britain.
I can remember thinking what supreme arrogance the EU authorities had at the time the common currency was launched, when the design of bank notes came up for debate and the bureaucrats and politicians ensured that – while coins could have different designs for the different constituent nations – notes had to have a common design.
Living in Scotland I like the fact that issuing banks have different designs of notes, and I greatly resent the way that – in a very British unresolved hashup – they’re apparently not really legal currency outside Scotland (although refusal to accept them in England usually indicates that you’re dealing with a jobsworth / numpty / moron). We’ve also got the gross calumny of the UK national clearing bank being called the Bank of England, rather than the Bank of Britain
Sorry, I’m unusually grumpy this morning.
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