An excellent start to parliamentary career
Sir, I’m writing to praise the island tour currently being undertaken by our new MP, Brendan O’Hara who visited Colonsay at the end of August.
Mr O’Hara made it his business to listen to the concerns of as many islanders as possible. This was in spite of having to make himself available for an interview by BBC 4’s ‘Today’ programme concerning George Osbourne’s announcement about future funding for Trident.
Mr O’Hara made an excellent impression on those to whom he spoke: he seemed like an intelligent and compassionate man.
He has made an excellent start to his parliamentary career and, by visiting even the smallest islands, has demonstrated his commitment to local democracy.
I am delighted to be represented by someone who will ensure that the voice of Scotland, and in particular the voices of his new constituents, will be clearly heard in the House of Commons.
Scott Weatherstone, Colonsay.
Senior council officers must up their skills
Sir, When Argyll and Bute councillor Duncan MacIntyre claimed in the Oban Times of August 27 that ‘any loss of staff in the local authority would have an impact on services delivered’, he did not offer any evidence to support this.
As your newspaper highlighted in February 2014, council staff take an additional two weeks of paid holiday as ‘sick leave’. That is five per cent of the annual workload so by stopping this, the authority could afford to