Comment posted Misleading instructions to voters: is Duncan Macintyre trawling for 4th preference votes? by newsroom.
As we understand it, Returning Officers are usual senior council officers, often CEOs.
They are paid additionally for performing this duty. Some give that money to charity and some keep it, as they are entitled to do.
The former Returning Officer Nigel Stewart, was a senior Director before they got their titles egged up to Executive Director.
Mr Stewart retired and Mrs Loudon then took over as Returning Officer.
Mr Stewart’s work in this field was so widely regarded that he had been responsible for training Returning Officers.
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- We understand that the former and Scotland-wide respected Returning Officer, Nigel Stewart, offered to come back to run this one since the Council is clearly under great internal stress at the moment – but was rebuffed.
- On a point of fact, you and anyone will find that by far the most positive thing we have published in the course of this election campaign has been on the Labour Party’s manifesto – a model of positive honesty with a clear set of values and a practical approach to sorting out the current mess.
And we cannot see, in this piece, criticism of Councillor Robertson who is not an SNP candidate but a member of the Alliance of Independents.
We have also been the only media presence to comment critically – and unequivocally – on The Herald’s recently politically manipulative and unfounded adventure in support of the SNP on education issues.
And we do not feel any need to self-censor any positive comment we might make on any worthwhile achievements or activities by the SNP or by any other party or group.
On that front, we have been more consistently and positively supportive of Argyll First than of any other party or group. Because they merit it.
Similarly we have probably been more supportive of the political activities of Jamie McGrigor than of any other individual politician – because he has an instinctive sense of an important issue and he will pursue it.
And be it criticism or support, it is merit on the issue and the integrity of the individual that drives what we publish.
- With the caveat that you should mark as many transfers as you WISH.
In the end, the ‘none of these’ or the ‘only one, two, three etc of these’ option is a democratically important statement of how one individually responds to the menu.
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- The SNP manifesto – are we seeing the take-off of a Scottish Icarus?
If you have another look at what we said above in this article – we described Holyrood as the Scottish National Parliament, saying that it is being made to look like a regional assembly by the calibre of the majority of the SNP Cabinet and of its MSPs.
Anyone listening to what passes for debate at Holyrood would be hard put to deny this reality.
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Mike – we are making sure than Alana Mathers knows that this note is here.
- Dead in the water: Oban transit marina
Fabulous summary. This will be our required reading for some time.
- Dead in the water: Oban transit marina
As far as we are aware, the sailing protocol – of which the Harbour Master must be aware – is that you may cross a yacht you have rafted up to at any time – including the sleeping hours, provided you go round by the bow and not the stern.
This leaves the private quarters of the yacht safe from potential prying eyes.
Any regular sailor making fairly frequent port visits is immune to being woken by a bouncing yacht in the night – so long as the movement is not accompanied by merry cries.
The sailors on these yachts would have fully expected sailors on rafted yachts to have to pass to and fro over their decks – otherwise they could not get ashore.
It is quite worrying that a council-managed facility had no interest in showing greater care than this for a less able person.
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