Please don’t blur the lines
Deareditor I voted on May 4 in the local elections as I firmly believe it is not fair to criticise the elected representatives if you do not use your right to vote.
However, after the results were declared, I began to consider whether it was a local election or not.
I voted in the Cambuslang West ward where I believed one of the major issues would be the closure of the Clydesdale Bank and TSB branches.
This, I feel, is a major local issue as banks provide services and change for shops and businesses such as bookmakers, newsagents, pubs and taxi drivers.
This matter was not specifically deemed to be a major issue by any of the prospective candidates.
Indeed, in the election leaflet from Ann Le Blond of the Conservative Party, the major issue seemed to be ‘no to a second referendum on independence’, and this was confirmed by Ruth Davidson in the same leaflet.
Surely local elections are about local issues and should not be used as a vehicle to express views on national issues?
I feel strongly that the community would be best served if local issues were dealt with by local politicians and national politicians dealt with national issues.
Brian Mcfarlane Balmoral Drive Cambuslang