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The Oban Times - - LETTERS -

Martin Laing’s de­fence in his At Ran­dom col­umn of the pro­test­ers who staged an Ar­gyll Against Trump rally in Oban drew crit­i­cism and praise.

Ian Macinnes com­plained: ‘Get a life do you re­ally thing the Amer­i­can ad­min­is­tra­tion re­ally cares what a few peo­ple in Oban think about their poli­cies west­min­ster does not they only play to the me­dia.’

Andy Elk­er­ton posted: ‘Martin Laing is com­pletely right when he wrote that it was the de­mon­stra­tors “demo­cratic right” to protest, just as it’s the “dem- ocratic right” of the rest of us to say how ut­terly point­less this was. I’ve no doubt they were do­ing it from what they thought was a “good place” but a march against US im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy (or even a march FOR US im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy) by twenty peo­ple in a lit­tle Scot­tish sea­side town, does noth­ing ex­cept make those tak­ing part feel good about them­selves. This is called “virtue sig­nalling”. A march against our own Coun­cil’s poli­cies would have had much more rel­e­vance, as has been echoed on the OT site ev­ery day.’

John DM Kerr wrote: ‘Surely the oban times has a re­spon­si­bil­ity to its read­ers to not em­bar­rass them by print­ing story’s that make the res­i­dents of our town look com­pletely stupid, and I mean car­toon stupid. A gath­er­ing of around 20 peo­ple for what ever rea­son should never make it into the news.’ Tom Hay­ward asked: ‘ Was be­ing a venue for hold­ing demon­stra­tions or ral­lies the rea­son, be­hind the pub­lic realm works in Stafford Street and the town cen­tre?’

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