Party politics buffets live streaming

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In such a diverse geographical region as Argyll and Bute, with 23 inhabited islands, live streaming council meetings would seem an obvious step to transparency.

For 18 councillors the answer is no, at least, not yet. They appear to have let party politics stand in the way of a sensible decision to which more than 1,100 people have added their signatures at an online petition.

As one petitioner has written: ‘If the great and good in Holyrood can be broadcast live, then shining the light on local democracy can only be a positive step forward in encouraging our youth to be political.’

Attack on two-wheeled transport

Recently a Muasdale resident said that motorcyclists passing through the village were most likely to obey the 40mph limit.

Yet according to one Argyll and Bute community council, bikers are responsible for almost every accident and road closure.

A community council member in Southend expressed support but overall the mood was in favour of two-wheeled tourists, who are very different from the motorcycle gangs of 40 or more years ago.