MP seems to have se­lec­tive mem­ory

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, It was grat­i­fy­ing to ready that our newly re- elected MP Bren­dan O’Hara will rep­re­sent all con­stituents in Argyll and Bute, no mat­ter how the voted. I have al­ways been un­der the im­pres­sion this was the essen­tial duty of all MPs, re­gard­less of party.

How­ever, I would sug­gest he let him­self down badly by ac­cus­ing Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May of call­ing the elec­tion in the in­ter­est of the Con­ser­va­tive Party rather than the coun­try. This came from a mem­ber of a party whose leader has con­sis­tently put in­de­pen­dence ahead of all other as­pects of gov­ern­ment and, as a re­sult, lost 500,000 votes and 21 seats. Hyp­o­crit­i­cal in the extreme.

Mr O’Hara then crit­i­cises Mrs May’s ‘lame- duck’ gov­ern­ment for re­ly­ing on the DUP to stay in power. It has ob­vi­ously slipped his mind that his own party, the SNP, de­pended on the votes of six in­sipid Green Party mem­bers to gov­ern – if you will par­don the ex­pres­sion – Scot­land. The adage of peo­ple in glass houses springs to mind.

Mr O’Hara con­cludes by hop­ing the gov­ern­ment will now see the sense of hav­ing Scot­tish voices in the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions. Again, it would ap­pear a se­lec­tive mem­ory is an essen­tial SNP at­tribute as he seems to have for­got­ten the 13 Con­ser­va­tive, six Labour and two Lib Dem MPs the Scots sent to West­min­ster in place of his un­seated col­leagues, who will be avail­able if re­quired. W B Coutts, Lau­rel Cres­cent, Oban.

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