Change of colour in Kil­mory

The Oban Times - - News -

THE coun­cil elec­tions are done. Some of those elected are old, no- one seems to be bor­rowed (un­less one of the top cats is elected as an MP), but there is a def­i­nite surge of blue.

Do I de­tect a slight change in the po­lit­i­cal map? We will need to wait and see. I think we might be in for a few sur­prises.

Af­ter the coun­cil elec­tion there has been jig­gery pok­ery go­ings on in Kil­mory.

The Lib Dems, the In­de­pen­dents and the Tories voted to­gether to form a new group tak­ing con­trol of Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil. So what of the SNP – who knows what tac­tics they will need to es­tab­lish them­selves.

Is this a po­lit­i­cal marriage that started in heaven and will end in hell? I will watch and lis­ten.

But what of the district coun­cil elec­tion cam­paign it­self. What about the con­duct of can­di­dates at the door giv­ing opin­ions and per­haps promises?

Over the last two weeks I have been ap­proached re­gard­ing the way peo­ple were spo­ken to at the door by can­di­dates when they said they were not plan­ning to vote, or not vot­ing for the po­lit­i­cal party stand­ing be­fore them.

Is it time that Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil needs to vet can­di­dates or po­lit­i­cal par­ties be­fore be­ing al­lowed to stand for elec­tion? Hu­mil­ity and grace costs noth­ing - not a single penny. The demo­cratic process is im­por­tant but in my opin­ion peo­ple who are not spo­ken to in a re­spect­ful man­ner should con­tact the coun­cil and re­port the is­sue.

I feel that Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil must have a code of prac­tice that has to be fol­lowed. In light of this I would urge any­one who felt they re­ceived dis­re­spect­ful treat­ment on the doorstep should re­port it to the coun­cil or to the po­lit­i­cal party the per­son be­longed to im­me­di­ately.

Hav­ing been in­formed of this is­sue, I feel that some peo­ple are not fit to stand for a bus, far less the coun­cil.

Ge­orge Berry.

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