Windfarm and democracy
Posted: Monday, 12 February 2007
I shall be asking anyone who is putting themselves up for election in my ward ( it is not exclusively mine ) if they are for or against the windfarm thingy, and hope that others do the same, and people should get out and use their vote, because this time EVERY VOTE WILL COUNT. Those that don't listen to the people will pay the price. ( I don't know what the price will be, but hopefully not being elected, will be the best for the people )
Tws from The Croft
Perhaps voting en bloc for something when knowingly stepping down after the vote is an abuse of process. Worth worrying the Ombudsman? Or an action for breach of duty against the political party concerned?
calumannabel from amec my ****
No Councillors voted against the wind farm proposal last week, it was unanimously accepted. I have put my name down for a severance payment because it provide free life insurance cover for my family for six months, and by the simple expedient of submitting nomination papers I will lose the payment. It's what's called 'keeping you options open'. My ward will be affect by the transportation of turbines and by the general economic impact on the islands, but it might provide my children with a future on the island, rather than having to export them. Look at www.cne-siar.gov.uk/education/SchoolRolls_0607.xls and tell me that the West Side community isn't dying on it's feet. More than that, come to the Comhairle tomorrow and hear the debate and get informed about drives the leaders of the community, rather than continuing ill-informed sniping from the sidelines. Remember, no community has a veto over what is best for the Western Isles as a whole, but that doesn't mean we ignore the opposition. Weigh it up and then take a view. That is democracy, unless you know better. I'm happy to engage you in debate there and then and explain my/our reasoning.
Cllr Angus Nicolson from Stornoway
I know of at least three councillors who have listened to those they represent and voted against the windfarm development - one of them was even on tv saying so!
JS from Lewis
I was under the impression that not all councillors voted (or were entitled to vote?) at the Environmental Services committee meeting of which Angus speaks...if this is so, it makes the opening sentence in his post perhaps a little misleading.
Charabanc from Lewis