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This afternoon Mr Cluness held back from admitting the council had made any mistakes in the affair, but said he was “hopeful†Mr Shannon was able to return to his old job soon and play his part in delivering the council’s capital programme.

 

of course they are not going to admit it. tHink how safe he will feel in his post. i can see him hVING A REALLY GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS BOSS.

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My biggest disappointment is that no councillor felt the need and had the nerve to demand Cluness and Clark's heads on a platter as soon as the meeting started.

 

How any councillor can still retain confidence in either is beyond me.

 

Hey hoooo....and so we will trundle on towards the next monumental botch up. :roll:

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Hey hoooo....and so we will trundle on towards the next monumental botch up. :roll:

 

Good grief you mean to say they are spending £250,000 and £400,000 on a clock and also on a monument that looks like a stick of rusted rhubarb? Sorry, time warp - that was London Borough of Newham and apparently it is not rusted rhubarb, it is strategically placed vertically placed bits of steel/iron representing railway tracks coming together. The clock - well, you could never see what time it was because the sun shone on its face most of the time!

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^^ The local version is to spend the £400,000 plus some on a public toilet....there's a connection between cause and effect in there somewhere I'm sure.

 

Can't think what monument they've thrown £250,000 at lately, but I can offer as an alternative, spending as yet an untold number of £ Millions on a bridge that isn't, and any fool could have seen was highly unlikely to ever be.

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As mentioned prior, this council is 'not fit for purpose' and it is getting to be less fit as each hour passes.

Traps and Snares are being laid I think, but by who, for whom and when?

 

Assistant CE

Deputy CE

CE

Speak about top-heavy and of course top-costly, at 230k plus expenses per annum?

With all the 'Holiday Leave' that has been taken for weeks-on-end and the job being done only by the Deputy CE, I ask again why is David Clark even required.

 

As for this Council, it too is top-heavy and has become a mockery to the memory of all the honourable able men and women who served in the past, when funds were scarce, but who put their civic duties before self interest.

There probably exists (call it) a culture of fear, but I urge some of the '12 Yes People' to think once more and to make this council valid again in the eyes of the electorate and to the lovers of all things Shetland.

 

I too would be interested in how each member voted.

Why only 18 voters in something as important as this

Who and where were the missing 4 at?

 

I feel there will now be a continual growing avalanche of writers to this 'New Chief Exec' forum as it is probably their one real avenue of expression.

Councillors, it is hoped that you also read these columns and learn..

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^^ The local version is to spend the £400,000 plus some on a public toilet....there's a connection between cause and effect in there somewhere I'm sure.

 

Can't think what monument they've thrown £250,000 at lately, but I can offer as an alternative, spending as yet an untold number of £ Millions on a bridge that isn't, and any fool could have seen was highly unlikely to ever be.

 

 

Well Ghostrider, the only monument lately, is the new crap house at the pier head.

 

And that’s where this whole fiasco should have been put in the first place. Now the man has got a job back, he should not have lost without proper due process. And announced by Mr. Cluness in the same way the MPs said Sorry, over the expenses fiasco. With the hope that Saying sorry makes everything alright. That’s how it comes across to me.

Well just like the MPs there seems to be very little honour in council chambers. Mr.Cluness and Mr.clark should have resigned. There whole handling of the affair was just embarrassing For the reputation of what’s good about Shetland. And giving the local government back some sort of a reputation, that it once had, instead of a laughing stock . How can anyone take any of them seriously anymore. I would not employ either of the two to sell whelks at a bizarre. Because, I can no longer trust anything they say or do. Without thinking about what the motifs behind it is for. And all who are there in office have been tainted just a little. Just by being in the same room as the other two. A bad apple turns the rest of the barrel sour.

Although Mr Wills says what he thinks, and he stands by what he says. And if he is proved wrong he says so. And I give him full credit for that. He is not scared to put his head above the wall, when bullets are flying around. For an example What they did to MR. Shannon was dirty, under handed, and just plane wrong. And how much has it cost the council. Maybe they should have asked a independent solicitor who specialises in employment law, and has no ties, within the Shetlands local government or what’s good for Shetland as a whole. But just what was required by law. When dismissing a employee from a job.

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Today's farcical events simply add further weight to what has become increasingly obvious during the past few weeks. The Convenor and the Chief Executive should do the honourable thing for the good of Shetland, the SIC and themselves, and resign....immediately. This debacle has gone on for far too long, the starting point should indeed be re-set, but without the key individuals who are clearly responsible for the sorry state of affairs this proud comminity now finds it's self in. It is time to move on in a possitive manner, however this will inevitably prove to be impossible with these individuals still in post.....has anything ever been so completely obvious?!

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http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2009/10/28/olive-branch-held-out-to-shannon-by-council-in-bid-to-bring-him-back-to-work

 

Convener Sandy Cluness said he wanted to see the situation resolved as soon as possible and that everyone would soon be “back working together†for the benefit of the Shetland community. “We must all now use this time effectively to ensure that everything is fully explored, and try to find resolutions to suit all parties.â€

 

Mr Cluness did not explicitly accept that there had been shortcomings in the process, but he did apologise on a personal level to Mr Shannon for the way things had worked out.

 

He said: “It’s my wish that Willie comes back to work and is a part of the process for whatever kind of eventual programme we have. I’ve known Willie for a while and, as an individual, I’m sorry that this is the way things have turned out, certainly.â€

 

On Tuesday, it was confirmed that MSP Tavish Scott and MP Alistair Carmichael had written to financial watchdog Audit Scotland asking them to look into the matter. In light of that decision, Mr Cluness said he hoped the two politicians would retract their submission.

 

“Some time ago I had correspondence with Tavish and Alistair on this very topic and said it was my intention to try and resolve the position as soon as I could, and that’s what I’ve tried to do. At least that has been accepted, so I would expect now that these politicians would withdraw whatever application they have made to the Audit Commission.â€

 

 

I hope that there is no change to the Audit Commission investigation. It is time that a fair review and public exposure of the machinations of this public enterprise was carried out. It reminds me of children trying to get out of trouble.

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Today's farcical events simply add further weight to what has become increasingly obvious during the past few weeks. The Convenor and the Chief Executive should do the honourable thing for the good of Shetland, the SIC and themselves, and resign....immediately. This debacle has gone on for far too long, the starting point should indeed be re-set, but without the key individuals who are clearly responsible for the sorry state of affairs this proud comminity now finds it's self in. It is time to move on in a possitive manner, however this will inevitably prove to be impossible with these individuals still in post.....has anything ever been so completely obvious?!

 

 

Nail, Head, Hit!

 

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