John – no idea. Was it posted to …

Comment posted Council Elections: Candidates Election Leaflets by newsroom.

John – no idea. Was it posted to this story? I’ve been on duty since 07.45 and I’ve not removed anything.

I suggest you repost it and, provided it’s not libellous (not having seen it at all) it will get approved.

Ans apologies for the gremlins.

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  • Can anything address the disease in Argyll and Bute Council?
    That ‘ultimate authority’, Steve, is more apparent than real.
    The majority of councillors have little idea of the detail of any issue.
    They are low paid, part timers. Many glaze over at the sight of numbers rather than words; and officers make sure to give them brick sized blocks of papers to read – and frequently at the last minute before a meeting – to keep them as uninformed as possible.
    Papers presented to council meetings carry – helpfully upfront, the officers’ recommendations on the actions to be taken – and funnily enough, those recommendations are usually nodded through by the woodentops.
    The very occasional independent minded spirit is bullied by being told serially that their motions are incompetent. They also find direct questions unable to dig out straight answers. They are forbidden to speak directly to staff on the groun but are directed to put questions to the relevant executive – who knows just how to deal with them.
    Confident and capable councillors can and do override these obstructions and insist on the authority they possess. But to make a difference you need the majority of elected members of a council to be of this calibre and self-confidence – which is rare. In general, there aren’t too many of these`; some are brand new to the job and can be easily fooled; and others have been burned off quickly by these deliberately neutralising and intimidating tactics.
    The balance of power between councillors and officers is a bit like the bad old joke: ‘What’s the difference between true love and herpes?’ Answer: ‘Herpes is for ever.’
    Councillor face regular re-election with the membership of the chamber changing from one election to the other. Officers can generally stay put, play the game, creep their way up the ladder and hang on there like a limpet.
    Time is always on the officers’ side and time is what shapes any culture.
    We are not saying a change of culture is impossible but it is very hard indeed to bring about – which is why we made this ‘emergency response to formal failure’ proposition. It’s the most effective – and achievable – approach we can think of.
  • Castle Toward decision cannot be acceptable to South Cowal community
    Most wretched of all is the fact that Castle Toward in its present state clearly is not worth more on the market than the community were able to pay for it.
    If the council were now to go on to sell it at some stage for no substantial amount more than £750k at today’s prices, having continued to pay £22.5k to £25k per month to insure and secure it while they watch its deterioration continue and accelerate – how will they account for having chosen yesterday to prevent it being sold for £750k to one if their own communities?
    And how will they account for what will inevitably be a declining population and a declining local economy in Cowal and in South Cowal?
    One thing is certain.
    It is now incumbent on this council administration to dispose of Castle Toward in very short order and for a sum very considerably in excess of what the community were able to pay.
    Councillors supporting SCCDC should now make a ritual point of formally asking the Council Leader every month, in writing, for information on the progress of disposing off Castle Toward; for information on the current marketing and sales strategy being used; and for information on the additional cost of re-marketing the property – and publish each response.
  • Too little to late – ADP extends local service providers contracts by a month
    Absolutely correct.
  • Too little to late – ADP extends local service providers contracts by a month
    They were deaf to all requests until the volume got too high.
    This is no concession. It is a desperate attempt to play a ‘Get out of jail free’ card.
    There is a lot more to come.
  • Too little to late – ADP extends local service providers contracts by a month
    There was a tendering process and an award of contract.
    The question here is whether the tendering and contract award processes were compromised in a way that would seem to indicate the possibility of a predetermined outcome. We have already published on this and will shortly be adding to that in a second piece.

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11 Responses to John – no idea. Was it posted to …

  1. First thing Ive heard from Mr McIntyre that makes sense – “Time for Change”
    Time for a new Administration and a new Transport Convener-
    Aye Right!

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  2. Its a hard job being a candidate but I’m pretty sure I have said some sensible things.Maybe not to the SNP supporters like yourself Gerry but I don’t dance to anyone’s tune.
    Power to the People.

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  3. Newsroom,
    Simply cannot get media fire beyound ‘temporarily unavalable’, please check back soon, for the last several days on the few listed candidates highlighted in red. For the others, nothing.

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  4. I note that very few have provided leaflets above. Are the candidates just too busy going door to door or are they apathetic or plain lazy in Argyll? In my particular village we have received only 2 flyers through the door (that’s out of 9 standing!).

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