How Argyll & Bute Works: New Political Group

The official opposition to Cllr Walsh and his group is the SNP Group. There are 4 other councillors who are not in Cllr Walsh’s administration: myself, Vivien Dance, Bruce Marshall and Neil McIntyre. There has been no approach to any of the 4 from the SNP as far as I am aware but there have been approaches to the SNP Group. However, nothing has as yet happened that would form a wider opposition to the secretive Cllr Walsh.

A week ago on Friday Vivien, Bruce and myself agreed to form what we have called the Reform Group. We have also formed a wider Reform Alliance. The alliance is there to allow councillors who broadly subscribe to our aims to remain in the group he or she is in as well as being a member of the alliance. Councillors are not allowed to be in more than one group at a time, hence the need for an alliance.

The aims of our Reform Group are shown below. I will update you on the shenanigans at yesterday’s council meeting on Monday.

The Reform Group has one key aim: To initiate a thorough reform of Argyll & Bute Council to ensure it works for, and is answerable to, the people of Argyll & Bute.

The group recognises that it needs to attract as much support as possible from elected members and it has also created a Reform Alliance which has the same key aim. The Alliance will work to achieve this aim by:

  • Moving decision making to local areas to the maximum possible extent.
  • Ensuring that councillors are accountable to their communities for decisions made.
  • Maximising the skills and abilities of councillors of all views provided they wish to contribute to reform.
  • Listening and responding to the views of local communities.
  • Minimising bureaucracy to bring democracy back to people in a simple and straightforward manner.

The Alliance:

  • Is open to any elected member, including members of political parties, provided there is a broad commitment to reform.
  • Will seek to get agreement in as consensual manner as possible. Disagreement on issues will be respected and not shunned.
  • Will ensure that all issues that affect the citizens of Argyll & Bute are dealt with as openly and fairly as possible. The use of exempt items for council business will only be used when absolutely essential.
  • Will be swift and open in dealing with complaints, be willing to accept fault where fault is found and it will learn from any complaints made.

Author: Michael Breslin

I am no longer a councillor with Argyll & Bute Council but given the appalling treatment I got from the senior officers and a few elected members, I plan to continue keeping an eye on what the council is doing.

One thought on “How Argyll & Bute Works: New Political Group”

  1. Michael,

    Why don’t you ask for support from the local population? A separate public group could be formed which links to your Reform Group. It might be called something like Reform Argyll and Bute Council now. I would be happy to become involved. I believe this creation could be mutually beneficial. Let me know what you think. I am happy to meet with you and explore the idea further. I am a member of the Strachur branch of the SNP but my idea would be non-party political.

    Regards,

    Dave Dewar 01369 840404 mob 07765573240 ________________________________________

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