Please don’t blur the lines

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reformer View -

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

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