Neg­a­tive tac­tics will back­fire on the SNP

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - FEATURES -

SIR, – I write in reply to your “Lob­by­ing row” ex­clu­sive (Press and Jour­nal, July 11) re­gard­ing Peter Chap­man MSP.

Mr Chap­man is well known, a man of high morals, a man who has done the cor­rect thing and fallen on his min­is­te­rial sword af­ter ac­cep­tance of an hon­est mis­take.

It goes with­out say­ing that the prin­ci­ple role of an MSP is to stand up and rep­re­sent the con­stituents’ busi­nesses and ru­ral economies in which they live and work. Mr Chap­man has con­sis­tently car­ried out that duty since elected.

It is sad and dis­ap­point­ing to read of a (name­less) SNP source cast­ing up this is­sue yet again. What is to be gained in do­ing so? The north-east agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity has lost its spokesper­son; it will, sadly, suf­fer as a re­sult. The name­less na­tion­al­ists are sim­ply try­ing to di­vert at­ten­tion from their daily fail­ings. I for one would wel­come a proac­tive ap­proach that stim­u­lates our lo­cal economies and not the op­po­site. The SNP should be mind­ful that ru­ral Scot­land has no ap­petite for neg­a­tive po­lit­i­cal smear cam­paigns, yet they con­tinue to play this game at their po­lit­i­cal peril. Con­rad Ritchie, Cairn­glass House, St Combs, Aberdeen­shire

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