Op­po­si­tion has the right to be heard

The Oban Times - - Letters - Alan Reid, Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date for Ar­gyll and Bute.

Sir, Mr Grif­fin, last week’s let­ters page,

ac­cuses me of a ‘shock­ing lack of in­tegrity’.

My of­fence, ac­cord­ing to him, was to fail to iden­tify my­self as ‘an as­pi­rant political can­di­date’.

Ev­ery let­ter I have sent to a news­pa­per since I was se­lected as a can­di­date in late Oc­to­ber has con­tained a state­ment that I am the Lib­eral Demo­crat can­di­date for Ar­gyll and Bute.

I ex­pect a let­ter of apol­ogy from him.

What ap­pears to have an­noyed Mr Grif­fin are my let­ters cam­paign­ing for work at the Rest and Be Thank­ful, su­per­fast broad­band and mo­bile phone cov­er­age through­out Ar­gyll and Bute and suf­fi­cient al­lo­ca­tion of Scot­tish Govern­ment fund­ing to the coun­cil to stop threat­ened cuts.

Mr Grif­fin is up­set be­cause you printed a few let­ters from me crit­i­cis­ing the SNP Govern­ment re­gard­ing the above mat­ters.

How­ever, the SNP can’t com­plain about lack of cov­er­age be­cause the lo­cal SNP MSP or MP have fea­tured on the front page of three edi­tions this year so far.

The lo­cal MP and MSP are in a po­si­tion to make news and can be ex­pected to fea­ture on your news pages.

Those of us who op­pose the Scot­tish political es­tab­lish­ment also have our right to be heard and I thank you for print­ing some of my let­ters point­ing out the fail­ings of the rul­ing party.

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