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?’