No op­po­si­tion

Argyllshire Advertiser - - LETTERS -

Sir, The bi-an­nual Con­ven­tion of the High­lands and Is­lands was in Oban on Mon­day Oc­to­ber 30, with a range of high-pro­file Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment min­is­ters speak­ing at the event, in­clud­ing Deputy First Min­is­ter John Swin­ney MSP.

The event, which seeks to ‘strengthen align­ment be­tween the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment and mem­ber or­gan­i­sa­tions’ ex­cluded op­po­si­tion par­ties, de­spite its aim to con­nect the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to lo­cal groups.

It is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing that the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment chose not to in­vite any op­po­si­tion politi­cians to at­tend the event.

Whilst ap­par­ently be­ing open to the pub­lic, there was no in­for­ma­tion ad­ver­tis­ing the event on the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment web­site, which in­stead only car­ried the de­tails of last year’s event in In­ver­ness.

The whole thing smacks of the type of closed shop ex­er­cise that we have all come to ex­pect from this cen­tralised SNP gov­ern­ment, which is clearly only in­ter­ested in par­rot­ing party po­lit­i­cal mes­sages rather than hav­ing a gen­uine, cross-party con­ver­sa­tion about the fu­ture for the High­lands and is­lands.

I have writ­ten to Cabi­net Sec­re­tary for the Econ­omy Keith Brown MSP to make my con­cerns clear.

Per­haps if the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment is keen to en­gage with lo­cal groups, then next time it will ex­tend an in­vi­ta­tion to lo­cal politi­cians from all par­ties to join in the con­ver­sa­tion.

Don­ald Cameron MSP

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