The Oban Times & WEST HIGHLAND TIMES
D emocracy is an interesting word, particularly in these unprecedented times. Last week a group of people came together for an ‘Argyll against Trump’ rally, to demand that President Donald Trump end his ‘Muslim travel ban’ and the UK Government cancels Mr Trump’s state visit.
These people were well within their rights to protest and the event was a peaceful demonstration, other than for one upset bystander.
However, it was interesting to read the very many posts on The Oban Times’ Facebook page ahead of the rally. A number of people were not happy it was taking place and many did not see the relevance to Oban or even Scotland. One of the refreshing things about Oban is the number of people willing to speak their minds, regardless of whether you agree with them or not.
But while many are willing to speak their minds online, what would be even more exciting is if all those people who were unhappy with a local situation – or a national or international one – got together and converted those words into action. It is amazing what people can achieve for their community if they are motivated enough.
A good place to start could be joining the local community council or The Rockfield Centre?