The SNP agent, Margaret Martin, seems to confuse "personal attacks" with "legitimate
questioning of the sitting MP's record" which most people in the Western Isles, including
many who have voted SNP, would agree is long overdue.
As for policy, it seems to me that Ealasaid MacDonald has already made two important
policy statements which differentiate her from her opponent.
She has stated that the MP must work closely with the local authority and also across
party lines in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for the Western Isles.
She has stated that we should accept the outcome of both the independence and EU
referendums and move on from there, instead of demanding replays.
On both of these, Mrs MacDonald is offering the electorate options that are completely
at odds with the record and behaviour of Mr MacNeil.
Furthermore, if he is interested in talking about 'policy,' he will presumably welcome
Mrs MacDonald's excellent proposal for debates involving all the candidates throughout
the Western Isles.