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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Party politics

It's been a real week for party politics, and it is only Wednesday.

On Monday morning (at 7:15am!) I had a one-man deputation at our door asking me about "rumours" and "stories" he was hearing inside a certain political party. After some questioning, it turns out to be the usual rubbish, so I have to explain why the individual is repeating it.

I've also had a very serious approach from another political party to stand as constituency MSP. After a very enjoyable lunch, where we agreed on many issues, and talked out the other areas, we parted with it very clear that I was not his man.

Next, I see a posting reminding me that "no-one is bigger than the party". Actually, my view is that any party is simply the sum of it's parts i.e. the members, and when members feel excluded then there are obviously issues that need to be resolved, or any party stops being representative.

Finally, according to tomorrow's Gazette (!) I invalidated my membership by standing as an independent. Have I actually submitted papers yet? As I suggested, this is a thoughtcrime.

This "revision" of the position is intriguing, given that none other than Angus MacNeil's assistant, Kenny MacLeod, is planning to stand as an independent in Ness. I am sure that readers can think of other council candidates who breach the same rules.

12 comments:

machaseo said...

"Finally, according to tomorrow's Gazette (!) I invalidated my membership by standing as an independent. Have I actually submitted papers yet? As I suggested, this is a thoughtcrime."

Complete nonsense, Angus. The Gazette seems to me to have reported quite accurately what you yourself blogged earlier. You gave the impression that you were going to stand as an independent and the SNP were well within their rights, and imho were right, to do what they did. You do indeed have only yourself to blame.

Your subsequent postings, including the stuff about the Data Protection Act and party election offices, seem to me to clash quite badly with the sentiments expressed in a recent post about you not being bitter over the local SNP. 'If you can't take it, don't dish it out' indeed, as you say.

On a lighter note, I passed DD Morrison's today and heard a boy who couldn't have been older than six saying, with a note of wonder in his voice, "Look Dad, there's a Labour shop"!

Does this mean Labour will need two change of use licences? ;-)

Anonymous said...

mach0 - so how does the treatment of Angus square with Kenny being allowed/encouraged to stand???? Or Murdo Maroot beating an SNP candidate in 2000 in the Manor Ward and still being an SNP member???

Please point out where Angus has actually said he is definitely standing in any election.

The SNP obviously don't want informed dissent or discussion of policies.

Anonymous said...

Machismeo, do you still believe that politicians breaking the law is acceptable? Angus has leveled the playing field for everyone by pointing out that both parties are breaking the law.

Anonymous said...

mach0 - loads of opinions, none constructive.

machaseo said...

mach0 (oh, the wit!) - so how does the treatment of Angus square with Kenny being allowed/encouraged to stand???? Or Murdo Maroot beating an SNP candidate in 2000 in the Manor Ward and still being an SNP member???

The point about Angus and Kenny: I haven't the faintest idea. As far as I'm aware though, Kenny Macleod doesn't have a ranting blog like this one, nor is he trying to force a wind factory that's about as popular as the poll tax on the people of this island.

Murdo Maroot? A man of integrity, as far as I'm concerned. He actually found out directly what his ward constituents thought about the LWP wind factory and voted accordingly. Would that some other of our so-called representatives had done the same!

"Please point out where Angus has actually said he is definitely standing in any election."

I never said anything of the kind. Try reading the posts before making an arse of yourself. I said, quote, "You gave the impression that you were going to stand as an independent and the SNP were well within their rights, and imho were right, to do what they did. You do indeed have only yourself to blame."

Machismeo (oh, the wit...again! Do ye no' understand the Gaelic?), do you still believe that politicians breaking the law is acceptable? Angus has leveled the playing field for everyone by pointing out that both parties are breaking the law.

No, I don't believe that politicians breaking the law is acceptable, and I look forward to both SNP and Labour candidates skipping in to CnES to get their change of use licences. It really kept me awake last night. As for your second line, do you really believe that by publishing this post, Angus was 'levelling the playing field for everyone by pointing out that both parties are breaking the law'? Hahaha!

mach0 - loads of opinions, none constructive.

The words 'very large pot', 'kettle' and 'black' spring to mind here...

Anonymous said...

machaseo seems like a guy who has too much of a dig at angus nicolson but he is right in many aspects. I was in town and saw the Labour Party Banners covering DD Morrison's old shop. It is a bit sad to see this slightly desperate side of the Labour Party do everything they can to hang on to a now almost certain loss to the SNP. The Christian Party here are taking away votes from Labour and this is not the first time. The last Westminister election ended with the SNP winning thanks to a few hundred difference between them and Labour, many thought the Christian Party took the much needed Labour votes!

Another thing i always wondered about Angus was the tv programme that he went on to complain about the new 'Stornoway Grey' landrover. He said something about the lovely moorland and scenary but correct me if im wrong but is he not supporting a certain windfarm development which will ruin the Barvas moor?

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Anonymous said...

Angus, I do wonder why Machaseo continues to post on here when he finds the other contributors so illiterate and below him.
Personally, I believe as I know that others do, that the party have shown their insecurities over the last couple of weeks and are obviously desperately trying to find a way to silence you. We all know that the SNP stand a chance to win up here but they also stand a chance to lose and that is what they should remember. By inviting negative publicity which is what they have done with expelling you when you haven't even said you are standing in any capacity again shows how scared they really are. The best thing that they could have done is sat down with you a long time ago so that you could air your differences and agree on some mutual ground which there has to be over 28 years, instead they have incited you which was rather silly.
Now bring it on Machaseo and abuse me like the rest of the folk who actually support Angus Nicolson and disagree with the SNP on this one. Believe it or not your rantings are pretty boring too.

Anonymous said...

I have yet to have an answer on why we, the taxpayer, are paying for Alistair Allan's nice little cushy position whilst he runs his campaign? Why are the people of the Islands not up in arms about this one? Why was his job not advertised locally? And now Kenny is also rumoured to be standing as an Independent but is still "allowed" by the party to be a paid up member and work as a side kick to Angus MacNeil when Angus is expelled for considering standing as an Independent. This is complete hypocrisy but I think we can all see that a mile off at the moment.

Anonymous said...

Angus, they got rid of you because you are more real and more relevant that the party's placeman.

You have more to say in a week than he does in a year. And you actually live here, and don't just visit on government paid holiday in the hope of being elected.

Don't let the bastards get you down.

Anonymous said...

machaseo - i always suspected labour were for sale

machaseo said...

There seems to be very little that doesn't have its price these days, people or land.

Anonymous said...

i would rather buy land and things than people...