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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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- Perfect fit in new partnership marketing initiative for Cowal’s Creggans Inn
Had a grin at your imagineering of ‘a sobering run to Dunoon by HM finest’.
This sort of occasion is obviously about staying overnight and we had expected that this was central to the marketing strategy – but we will inquire.
- Gigha community ownership on brink of failure
[Updated below] A sentence in the opening section of this article has been removed:
‘Wightman was also allowed personally and unacknowledged, to write a major section of the final report of the Land Reform Review Group [immediately identifiable by its style] – although that was the formal responsibility of others.’
Mr Wightman has simply said to us:
‘This statement is untrue. Please remove it.’
So of course we have removed it.
However, the sentence is actually a multiple statement so, for the record because one issue is important – we have asked Mr Wightman to clarify which of its internal statements is incorrect – or if all of them are:
‘Did you write any section or sections or parts of any section or sections of the final LRRG report?
‘Is it incorrect to suggest that you were ‘allowed’ to write an element or elements of the report, where, for instance, you may have seen this as a right?
‘Is is incorrect to suggest that your authorship of elements of the report was ‘unacknowledged’ where we may have failed to notice such an acknowledgement?
‘Is it incorrect that the writing of the report was ‘the formal responsibility of others?’
For Argyll is aware that sections of the final report of the Land Reform Review Group were indeed written by Advisers to the Review Group rather than, as one is entitled to expect – by the topline membership [albeit a regularly shifting one] of the Review Group itself.
Our analysis of the language style and content analysis of major elements of the report as being both distinctively different from other sections of the report and arguably authored by Mr Wightman, who was an Adviser to the Review Group.
The passage on ‘ Statutory limitation on land ownership’ seemed a particularly attributable; and the passage ‘Inheritance rights changed to break up established landholdings’ scored a possible similar authorship.
These analysis may well have come to the wrong conclusions – and if Mr Wightman assures us that he was not the author of any of the main text of the final LRRG report, we will be glad to accept that without equivocation.
In our article of May 2014 on that report [http://forargyll.com/2014/05/final-land-reform-report-substantial-challenging-provocative-not-final/], we said:
‘The lack of philosophical, conceptual and tonal strategic unity weakens the report. It demonstrates the impact of specific influences pulling aspects of it in different directions – sometimes asymmetrically. There is no evidence of any kind of the necessary final editorship. Responsibility for this must lie with the Group’s chair since its inception, Dr Alison Elliot, former moderator of the Church of Scotland.’
Mr Wightman has refused to clarify his position on any of the questions which, as above, we o]put to him, saying: ‘I have no intention of responding to the range of bizarre and unsubstantiated allegations that you make below.’
- Gigha community ownership on brink of failure
There is no dishonour in an honourable attempt which fails.
The Gigha buy out has always been an honourable attempt, whether it succeeds or fails.
There is also no shame in failure – so much in life is down to the luck of the draw.
One community buy out may succeed where another may fail.
Problems arise, though, where the possibility of failure is not factored in to the thinking and where failure is disguised.
Amongst other aspects of this, where failure is acknowledged lessons may be learned from it that may protect other initiatives from failing.
- Gordon Brown to stand down from Westminster at General Election
This was always a puff. Gordon Brown never had any position from which to act as such a guarantor.
- Hazard warning lights on A83 for Rest and Be Thankful
And, as a hazard warning at the entrance to the Scottish Parliament, it could replicate the warning at the entrance to Dante’s Inferno.
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