In her letter (5th July) Mrs Macsween appears not to understand what councillor Murray's
letter (1st July) states. Never at any point did he suggest that the level of broadband
coverage across Scotland (including Grimsay) was acceptable What he did point out
was that broadband was a reserved matter for Westminster.
Nine years ago in December 2008, Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown proudly announced
plans to "usher in a new digital age by investing in superfast broadband" in Scotland
" (Guardian 3rd January 2009). A year later he promised "the nationwide rollout of
our home access programme to get laptops and broadband at home for 270,000 families"
in Scotland (Telegraph 11th January 2010). So what happened? Nothing!
Letter: Labour “failed” on broadband
7 July 2017
As the people of Grimsay will testify, the Labour Party is very good at coming up
with promises and hopeless at carrying them out. It has been left to the Scottish
Government to try and put right Labour's failure. If a Scottish Labour Prime Minister
constantly failed the people of Scotland and Grimsay, a Labour MP would only keep
to tradition and sell out the people of the Western Isles.
The problems with broadband are nothing new. Why did Mrs Macsween not raise this
when we had a Labour Government? As for a hard working Labour MP, their last candidate
does not know what is a council responsibility, what is devolved to Holyrood or what
is reserved for Westminster. The last thing the Western Isles needs is a return of
a Labour politician who is London Labour's representative in the Western Isles. As
for broadband in the outback I'll leave Mrs Macsween to take the issue up with the
government in Canberra, Westminster would only fail them.