The recent published list of candidates standing in the Western Isles surprisingly
does not show any formal Labour Party members seeking. No doubt there will be a number
disingenuous party members and associates standing as independents. If history repeats
itself, they will steer the council in an unnecessary anti-Scottish Government direction
for political reasons. We only have to look back at the removal of some inter-island
flights and their efforts to blame the SNP.
Despite the legacy of Thatcher, excessive austerity cuts and the Brexit fiasco the
Conservative Party are prepared to stand by their convictions and field official
candidates. Has the Labour Party fallen so low that the members are frightened to
be associated with their party?
Is the Labour brand become so toxic that individual members believe their chances
of being elected are better if they adopt a disingenuous stance and disassociate
themselves from their party?
Calling themselves independents, only detracts and brings into question the true
genuine independent candidates like Angus Morrison.
If party members are not prepared to openly stand by their principles and try to
disguise them, their intent must be questioned. Anyone in this situation who values
their credibility would declare their interest and provide a reason for not standing
on their party ticket.