Negative tactics will backfire on the SNP
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