There is a Tory candidate in the Highland …

Comment posted Council election candidates’ contacts by Ken MacColl.

There is a Tory candidate in the Highland Council area -the Ward is in Sutherland- who is 87 years old and is simply standing because he has been persuaded by Tory HQ that this might “spoil” the SNP vote. This gent lives in Drumnadrochit, 60 miles outside the Ward, and will not be campaigning or bothering with election literature.
How many other Tory candidates are in this category?

And here’s a thought! What if he is successful?

Ken MacColl also commented

  • Surely ability is of more importance than age!

    The possessor of the sharpest intellect that I encounter regularly is in his early eighties.He has no ambitions to be a councillor but the idea that he might be barred because of his age is bizarre.

    As one 21 year old said, “When I was fifteen I was convinced that my father was a silly old fool. By the time I reached 23 I was astounded how much wisdom he had acquired in the previous eight years.”

  • I would not normally comment upon the “Like/Dislike” facility on this site but , for the two who have indicated “dislike” on my item above, I am intrigued to learn what the objection is. Do they really think that the action by the Tories in this instance is defensible and, if they do, why not have the courtesy to tell us why?

Recent comments by Ken MacColl

  • The Stones, The Stars and Professor Thom
    Genuinely sorry to miss this talk but Putechan Lodge is a long haul from Oban!
    Professor Sandy Thom is the grandfather of my sister-in-law and was a genuine polymath-with wideranging interests and considerable expertise in engineering, mathematics, astronomy, sailing and almost any other field that attracted his interest.He was truly “a living example of the power of a flexible mind and a versatile disposition.”
    During the war he worked on the aereodynamics of fighter aircraft.
    Only after retiring from the Professorial Chair of Engineering Science at Oxford did he devote his undivided attention to one of his many other interests, the locatin and distribution of megalithic monuments across the west coast of Scotland and further afield.He worked closely with Marion Campbell in Mid Argyll. He is considered to be the father of archaeoastronomy.
    If you are able, go to the talk and enjoy.
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    And, W.S., if you reveal your name, will we be entitled to make assumptions or presumptions about your ethnicity -as if it should matter?
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    Were it not for whistleblowers and serious investigative jounalists-for too few around at present-we would know far less about those entrusted with our government.
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    Pot, kettle , black….responding to Gus mackay is rarely a productive exercise but could I suggest that while the march was in support of Independence for Scotland, those who carried placards stating “YES” were in support of that cause.
    My family had a long tradition of active support for the Labour party in Argyll and I recall how my father used to explain to me when I was a child the importance of countries like India and Ireland gaining control over their own destiny. Mind you he also spoke about the obscenity of nuclear weapons and the massive importance of the NHS and the principle that care should be free at the point of delivery.At that time the abolition of the House of Lords was a stated aim of the party.As a working class boy who got to university he would have been appalled at the notion of the Labour Party introducing student fees. I suspect that he would not have been singularly unimpressed with either Blair or Brown.
    Devolution, even in times of financial stricture, has mostly worked well for Scotland and it has worked best in those areas where services, like Health and Education are in our Holyrood’s control and our own priorities are able to be addressed – contrast those with the chaos under Westminster control! The progression to independence is part of the process started in 1999 and perhaps the most significant factors of Saturday’s rally were the contributions from Dennis Canavan, Ruth Wishart and the growing Scottish Labour for Independence movement.
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    I am the bloke in the blue fleece and I am entitled to look older than Campbell Cameron for the simple reason that I am considerably older.

    Campbell is as hale and hearty as ever.

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7 Responses to There is a Tory candidate in the Highland …

  1. Pingback: Argyll News: Contacts for election candidates published – with smartphone version | For Argyll

  2. Sad state of affairs with the Tories lad not being able to put forward a personal email address. Not heard of Gmail Lewis? Bet he’s on Facebook and Linked-in :) I really think the lack of response re candidate email addresses and pdf’s just shows how our aspiring Argyll politicos have yet to embrace the online electorate.

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  3. There is a Tory candidate in the Highland Council area -the Ward is in Sutherland- who is 87 years old and is simply standing because he has been persuaded by Tory HQ that this might “spoil” the SNP vote. This gent lives in Drumnadrochit, 60 miles outside the Ward, and will not be campaigning or bothering with election literature.
    How many other Tory candidates are in this category?

    And here’s a thought! What if he is successful?

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  4. I would not normally comment upon the “Like/Dislike” facility on this site but , for the two who have indicated “dislike” on my item above, I am intrigued to learn what the objection is. Do they really think that the action by the Tories in this instance is defensible and, if they do, why not have the courtesy to tell us why?

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  5. There should be a maximum age limit for people standing for election as a councillor. I would make age limit the same as directors of public limited companies (PLC) namely 70.

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  6. Surely ability is of more importance than age!

    The possessor of the sharpest intellect that I encounter regularly is in his early eighties.He has no ambitions to be a councillor but the idea that he might be barred because of his age is bizarre.

    As one 21 year old said, “When I was fifteen I was convinced that my father was a silly old fool. By the time I reached 23 I was astounded how much wisdom he had acquired in the previous eight years.”

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

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