Trump rally in Oban sparks dis­cus­sion

The Oban Times - - News - MARTIN LAING mlaing@oban­

THERE was a huge re­sponse on

The Oban Times Face­book page fol­low­ing a post last Thurs­day in­form­ing read­ers there was to be an Ar­gyll Against Trump rally in Stafford Street, Oban, that evening.

A small num­ber of hardy souls – prob­a­bly be­tween 20 and 30 – gath­ered on a cold, dre­ich evening to vent their spleens at the new United States pres­i­dent.

A large num­ber of those who com­mented on our so­cial me­dia plat­form were in­censed that peo­ple would demon­strate against Mr Trump, rant­ing on that those at the rally would be bet­ter served protest­ing about more im­por­tant is­sues such as the fail­ing waste col­lec­tion sys­tem in Ar­gyll and Bute.

I have been a vo­cif­er­ous critic of the three-weekly bins sched­ule but would de­fend ab­so­lutely the right of the pro­test­ers to demon­strate against the US head of state.

Peo­ple can feel strongly about more than one is­sue and it is quite cor­rect for them to air those opin­ions in pub­lic.

As for those who be­rated the pro­test­ers, we live in a democ­racy in which peo­ple are per­fectly en­ti­tled to speak out on what they con­sider to be im­por­tant is­sues.

Per­haps in­stead of chid­ing them, they should be or­gan­is­ing their own ral­lies on the top­ics they be­lieve to be more im­por­tant.

No, I don’t sup­pose for a minute that the new ad­min­is­tra­tion will al­ter one iota of its gov­ern­men­tal pro­gramme, but hats off to those who turned out last week for hav­ing the courage of their con­vic­tions and mak­ing them known.

Around 20 pro­tes­tors, in­clud­ing coun­cil­lors, at­tended the rally.

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