The Oban Times & West High­land Times

The Oban Times - - Letters -

The pass­ing of Dun­can Mac­In­tyre marks the end of an era. He was, when all is said and done, a man of the peo­ple. At times he took the brunt of the blame for coun­cil cuts and un­pop­u­lar de­ci­sions. But he made hard de­ci­sions be­cause he had stud­ied his coun­cil pa­pers and he knew there were no al­ter­na­tives. If there was an al­ter­na­tive, an eas­ier de­ci­sion to be made, he would put it for­ward to the coun­cil cham­ber.

He would of­ten win his ar­gu­ment be­cause he was rea­son­able and ra­tio­nal in his de­bate, and in no small part due to his bloody-mind­ed­ness about Oban and the is­lands com­ing first.

He was tena­cious in his pol­i­tick­ing be­cause he knew that with the hard de­ci­sions came an op­por­tu­nity for the town to be at the fore­front of coun­cil de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

Above all Coun­cil­lor Mac­In­tyre was a diplo­mat, a wise rep­re­sen­ta­tive, a friend.

The na­tional po­lit­i­cal era we now live in is that of the pop­u­lar politi­cian who does noth­ing wrong. As soon as a foot is out of step, the back door is opened and out that politi­cian goes, with a new, shiny one tak­ing his or her place.

The dif­fer­ence? Per­haps it is that of con­vic­tion and con­fi­dence. Be­ing ev­ery­one’s best friend was not on Coun­cil­lor Mac­In­tyre’s agenda. But he cared.

When Churchill died peo­ple said: ‘ The day of gi­ants is gone for­ever’. Per­haps within Oban and Lorn, the likes of our gi­ant, Dun­can Mac­In­tyre, will never be seen again. He will be sorely missed.

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