In a bizarre front page spread, today’s Dunoon Observer invites voters to pick their candidate of choice for either the Cowal or the Dunoon constituencies in the Council elections of 3ed May – from a collection of ghosts from Christmases Past.
Who knows what faded source the photographs on the collage have come from but, believe us, we’ve seen the candidates recently and none of them looks as past their sell-by as this makes them look.
We also note that - naughty, naughty – the paper has managed to crown its own prince.
Council Leader, Dick Walsh is top centre and set higher than the rest – and his photographs is strangely sharper in colour and delineation than the others.
His two strongest challengers have been – coincidentally – visually neutered.
The most potent threat, the highly able, experienced and energetic Mike Breslin, just happens to be tucked away third-in at the bottom right, eyes downcast, looking lifeless – a Madame Tussaud’s discard – almost obliterated by a supersize Tony Miles looking in and across him and the substantial shoulder of the centre forward.
Labour’s Mick Rice, with a shedload of local authority experience behind him and his party’s candidate in the last Scottish parliamentary election, is in shady profile on the bottom outside right.
Look and learn. This is how it’s done.