Ealasaid MacDonald, the Labour candidate, will win this seat.
That became clear at a Saturday’s street stall in the Narrows in Stornoway earlier
this month, where passers-by had the opportunity to speak to Ealasaid.
People were approaching us to tell us they were changing their votes from SNP to
Labour. Why? More than a few different reasons were expressed to us: There was anger
that Angus Brendan MacNeil continues to ignore the islands; exasperation and weariness
with the SNP's focus on another referendum, to the detriment of other governmental
duties (It took Nicola Sturgeon 44 days to publish her Bill on a second independence
referendum, yet her Mental Health Strategy took 15 months to write); There was anger
at Angus Brendan MacNeil’s behaviour, and there were islanders that felt that they
were not being represented to the fullest – just take a look at Hansard.
People were coming over to Ealasaid to assure her of their votes. A Tory voter approached
us to tell us he intended to vote for Easalaid “so that the Western Isles could have
someone to actually put our case.”
People like the fact that she is offering economic ideas and they like Labour's concern
for the many.
On a dreich Stornoway morning there was a wind of change.