I don't know what kind of doctor your correspondent David Wilson is but his specialist
subject does not appear to be local government in the Highlands and Islands. By denouncing
individuals with known party affiliations who stand for election without party labels
as "dishonest and cowardly," he is maligning many outstanding personalities in the
history of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and other authorities, including some respected
figures of his own political persuasion.
It is also difficult to reconcile Mr Wilson's views with the press release of March
29th from Gordon Murray, another of the local SNP's leading thinkers, who looked
forward to an "SNP-led administration" providing "collective leadership" for the
Comhairle. However, since the SNP are only fielding nine candidates for a 31-seat
council, it would require the emergence of at least seven "dishonest and cowardly"
individuals who, having stood as independents, would then promptly endorse a party
political "collective leadership."
Letter: Doctor “maligning” candidates
14 April 2017
In order to avoid this undesirable outcome, it is clear that the safest course of
action would be to withhold votes from those who aspire to forming a "collective
leadership" without the precaution of putting up sufficient candidates to achieve
it on their own account. Only by this means can we be sure of frustrating Mr Murray's
"dishonest and cowardly" strategy. I am glad we can agree on that.