The motion to continue meets all of Simon’s …

Comment posted Current council coalition seeks to impose future political management by James Robb.

The motion to continue meets all of Simon’s points about concluding a piece of business. So why should Cllr Walsh and his Coalition feel any amendment necessary.
It was just infantile politics for the Trinity knew that no opposition member could recommend the proposals to any future administration.

Recent comments by James Robb

  • Baillie fury at Argyll and Bute Council refusal to support all tenants affected by bedroom tax
    Neil
    I don’t do personal, ask your local councillors.
    Is there a new group setting up in Argyll and Bute – Tories for Independence? We would have groups from all the political parties in the YES camp then.
  • Baillie fury at Argyll and Bute Council refusal to support all tenants affected by bedroom tax
    Neil,
    Here is a link to the public record of that Council decision:

    http://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/moderngov/mgAi.aspx?ID=78533

    The key differences in the SNP proposal are Point 1 – take everybody out of Bedroom Tax rather than means test relief and Point 4 respond positively to request from RSLs to increase the incentive for tenants to “right size” to make better use of the limited stock of social rented housing.

  • Argyll and Bute Council on track to lose £80k per annum to Waitrose
    Helensburgh’s first out of town supermarket has an enthusiastic following and is a huge success. The concerns of the school, ignored by the Planning Committee, of putting a supermarket next to a school have been realised. Almost half the pupils now choose Waitrose instead of school meals. The effects on social inclusion, learning and health are complex and any mitigation will require co-operation between the school and the supermarket. The financial loss to the school of up to £80,000 per year, which threatens the sustainability of school meal provision (or requires cuts elsewhere in the education budget), is simple and quantifiable which any ethical, responsible and highly profitable business should accept as its responsibility to make good.
    The local reaction from Waitrose supporters is that the school must up its game to compete. That is in part true but if Waitrose is setting up as the school’s bootleg tuckshop – the first two things inside the shop are a free coffee machine and a display “food to go” featuring two shelves of chocolate bars – then were is its social responsibility? Waitrose makes much of its £12,000 per year community grants but that dwarfs in comparison to the £80,000 per year take from pupils lunch money. The Parent Council concerns about so many pupils crossing the road at the bus stops because of poor pedestrian management are also being ignored.
    Children do have a choice but the school, being responsible, encourages them to choose healthy options. What responsibility is Waitrose willing to accept for the situation and what is it willing to do to help mitigate the problems it has caused? No response so far from the company.
  • Baillie fury at Argyll and Bute Council refusal to support all tenants affected by bedroom tax
    yes it is.
  • Baillie fury at Argyll and Bute Council refusal to support all tenants affected by bedroom tax
    I am disappointed that this is being turned into a party political issue when it is really one of social justice and honouring the consensus (apart from the Tories) at the Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Parliament is providing an extra £1.1m over two years to mitigate the effects of the Tory Welfare Cuts. Mary Galbraith should do her homework and then she would know that the Council will not actually receive the funding until next month.
    Refusing the request from our RSLs for an increase in the tenants “right sizing” incentive (some councillors spoke in support of this but then voted against it) gives lie to the Council’s claims to partnership working.
    A promised review of these bad decisions affecting some of the poorest and disadvantaged in our communities sometime in the future is no comfort. Councillors should put aside their tribal loyalties, put their most disadvantaged constituents first and support abolishing the means testing of Bedroom Tax relief in Argyll and Bute immediately.

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    • Crazy She-Vampire-Bat!

      Last days in the bunker moving the non-existent divisions around. Only four days now until the good guys tanks are parked on the castle lawn. I wonder if they will find any interesting skeletons in the ruins of the doomed Administration?

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  1. I’m not familiar enough with some of the procedural stuff relating to this story – how can the current Administration tie the hands of the new one? If they vote now to ‘recommend’ the retention of the Executive Committee, can a new ruling group not simply ignore the recommendation after the election, if they want to?

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  2. So, the Council pass a motion recommending (ie not binding) a structure to the incoming council and Newsie spins it “which tries to imposes the status quo ” and starts foaming at the mooth again.

    There is no story.

    Settle down dears – still 3 days to go…. :)

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  3. Robert, given that “the Executive had set up [the Short Life Working Group]* to review the matter of political management arrangements” it seems only reasonable that the Council comes to a decision on the matter before it is dissolved.

    An incoming Council of whatever hue need of course take no notice of the recommendation – regardless of the nonsense spin Newsie tries to put on it. But by ensuring the Council voted on it Cllr Walsh was ensuring also that his admistration concluded on a bit of business that it had set up.

    Everything else about this story is just so much froth and some who should know better are getting their knickers in a twist over nothing at all other than Newsie’s over-wrought and cooncil-conspiracy-ridden imagination..

    Hope that helps :)

    * my brackets

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    • Simon, I find myself in the odd position of thanking you for answering my question. I will try not to let it happen again :-)

      Are you feeling nervous about the future?

      Have a nice evening!

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  4. Tim, why would I be nervous mate? I’m not employed by the Council, I’m not a councillor, not standing for election nor a member of a political party. What have I got to be nervous about?

    It’s those who are making fairly rash predictions and stupid promises that are nervous and they might yet end up with egg on their faces. And post-election I guarantee Neurotic Newsie will either a) be praising the electorate for their good sense or b)dammning them for their stupidity….

    I will have a good evening thanks Tim – you too :)

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  5. The motion to continue meets all of Simon’s points about concluding a piece of business. So why should Cllr Walsh and his Coalition feel any amendment necessary.
    It was just infantile politics for the Trinity knew that no opposition member could recommend the proposals to any future administration.

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    • James is right. This was just petty and a waste of everyone’s time. The paper should have never been submitted as an agenda item.

      What the Council should have been doing (as others have) is pulling together some different models of governance delivery and then presenting these options to the administration (whatever its make up) after the election.

      This is the stuff of school playgrounds.

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  6. “Tim, why would I be nervous mate? I’m not employed by the Council, I’m not a councillor, not standing for election nor a member of a political party.” – Simon

    Well if thats the case, bearing in mind all the inside info you have, begs me to ask, are you Sally bin Loudon’s husband then? :)

    I asked before and now I hope you have had a chance to read through the snash from the candidates, so who are you voting for?

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  7. James, ‘infantile’ is being unable to muster enough votes to win a vote and then whining about it afterwards. ;)

    Have you thought that mibbie Tricky did it – just because he could??

    CSB – don’t be a silly-crazy – no. As to who I shall vote for – well having read various leaflets, party pamplets (including absolute tripe from one candidate) and listend bored out my skull to a snp advocate – I shall be voting Independent. :)

    And you??

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  8. Hmmmm, not Sally’s husband… are you actually a bloke? Stranger things have happened lol

    Postal vote already away, I voted for:

    1. An INDEPENDENT Independent
    2. An INDEPENDENT Independent
    3, 4, 5, 6 – can’t remember the exact order
    7. Danny Kelly

    Anyone but Danny :)

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  9. Gawd you lot are obesssed. Robert you’ve cracked the Damascus gay female one before and trust me it wasn’t near funny the first time either.

    “doc” predicatable as ever – trying to make a funny – but obviously that operation he had was a humour by-pass.

    Crazy-living up to her name as per…

    Still, ah know you’re all excited! Not long to go now – but calm down dears (honestly it’s just like talking to the kids before Christmas…. :)

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  10. Got a lovely leaflet through from Ken Smith last night. He might be third on my list (can’t remember).

    Coracle – I’ve said it again and again – I have no political affiliation and I think it was a little more than just the SNP that saved the school ;)

    For the record, there is one person standing in Lomond North who deserves my vote more than anyone and thats the one that stood up and spoke out against the closures on the 25th of November 2010 and was unwaivering in his support of Luss Primary School throughout that horrific and tumultous time – GEORGE FREEMAN.

    I want to vote for someone who has principles, no matter what the personal cost and who will dogmatically represent the views of the people he represents.

    George is my No.1 purely on the commitment he showed to Luss and its primary school.

    I think he flippin well deserves it.

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  11. well played csb and arsn – that dumb snp no longer required! if i remember right the snp gave up power to save your school – a third place vote is perfect. what do rest of arsn say about this?

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  12. Yes, I’m an ARSN member – which is a group of parents and community members from across Argyll that have gotten together over a common purpose.
    We all have different political views and backgrounds (mine as I have stated on here before was Labour for many years).
    The above is my personal view on the candidates in my area and nothing to do with ARSN Coracle, but congrats on the nice try at stirring it.

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  13. Integrity – oh c’mon off it – “ARSN aren’t a political group”.

    Of course they are. They might not be a political party but their actions are those of a political group. Gawd’s sake even the advert top right of the For Argyll page says ‘Vote ARSN’!!

    Duh!!!!

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  14. Crazy – what link??

    And “doc” you doing mind reading as well now??? “What Integrity of course meant…. “

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  15. Might I suggest that once the election is over Forargyll arranges a Forargyll Lunch for all its contributors this past year (at amodest charge)?

    It could be a great bun fight!

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  16. BUN FIGHT!!!! Yes yes yes! Simon, you can wear a disguise!

    Simon, ARSN’s lovely advert top right, click on it. Should take you to the list.

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