The election pledge by the Western Isles Labour candidate in the general election
looks like someone playing a prank. The majority of the commitments were more akin
to someone standing at a council election.
The only relevant Westminster pledge was that of a new inter-connector. Considering
Labour ignored the call for a new cable during their 13 years in power it will never
be a Labour priority.
The Labour proposal for improving transport links across these islands must be a
joke. Our local Labour Party through their "independent" councillors were responsible
for cancelling the inter island flights. It would be easier for the candidate just
to talk to Labour's informal councillors.
The double tracking of roads is a council initiative supported by Holyrood. In the
past, this type of upgrade was paid for through EU grants. Corbyn is committed to
leaving the EU and, given the Conservative policy of austerity, new upgrades will
Letter: “Playing a prank”
22 May 2017
We shouldn't forget that the candidate herself campaigned on a Labour manifesto promising
similar austerity cuts in 2015 and was silent when her party's MPs supported the
Tory austerity programme.
Looking at these pledges it is difficult to believe that someone who has supported
austerity would have the cheek to oppose it when it suits them. Labour not only abandoned
these islands, but Scotland as a whole and are now paying the consequences.
To offer pledges which are more relevant to a council than a national Government
reflects the candidate's lack of knowledge and suggests that she would be unable
to represent us at Westminster.