Crit­i­cism com­ing from a Tory is ironic

The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

Sir, I write in re­sponse to Alas­tair Red­man’s let­ter (The Oban Times, Jan­uary 12).

Mr Red­man states that the Scot­tish Lib­eral Democrats, at their most re­cent party con­fer­ence, de­bated a mo­tion which con­sid­ered in­de­pen­dence. What he fails to men­tion, of course, is that the mo­tion was roundly de­feated.

The Lib Dems are a broad church and en­com­pass a range of opin­ion. We favour di­ver­sity and tol­er­ance. We have never be­lieved in lock­step obe­di­ence to head of­fice. We are in favour both of the union and of de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion.

I found it ironic that the com­ments came from a Con­ser­va­tive when al­most all their MPs in Scot­land were swept away years ago. The Lib­eral Democrats only suf­fered sim­i­larly in 2015.

But mid­win­ter is past and al­though it would be fool­hardy to de­tect green shoots, I do sense a change in the air. Per­haps the nor­mal rules of pol­i­tics are be­gin­ning to ap­ply again. De­nis Rix­son, Fank Brae, Mal­laig.

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