(23.00 Updated with photos) Councillor Peter Nield, the Education Convener at Angus Council which is taking the Education Secretary’s decision to reprieve Arbroath’s Muirfield School to Judicial Review at Edinburgh Court of Session – on voting day – is about to hit the national media for all the wrong reasons.
Not only the council’s Education Convener but a teacher of English, Peter Nield has now erected six foot banners at the busy Arbroath bypass – the Westway - for his campaign.
These banners mis-spell his own name – giving it as NEILD not Nield.
They initially also ‘did an Alex Mcnaughton’ – had an ‘X’ voting instruction which would disqualify votes.
Form professional photographer Paul Reid’s image above, it looks as if Peter Nield has effected a Heath Robinson correction of the voting ‘X’ but has left his name alone. Other banners in the suite have been left totally unmodified.
Perhaps what a variation of what we said about Councillor Alex McNaughton’s trialling of the voting ‘X’ in Argyll has some resonance here too. In this, ‘Be careful what you wish for’ might precede a squad of spoiled ‘X’ votes.
Standing in the same ward as Mr Nield is Ewan Smith, the doughty and successful Muirfield Action Group campaigner for the school and a journalist.
Who would vote for an Education Convener and an English teacher who cannot spell their own name – or even notice the mistake on 6ft high banners.
We are grateful to photographer Paul Reid who spotted the goof in the first place and passed on the story.
Update 2nd May
This was always going t be a national hit.
- The Sun 2 May 2012
- Scottish Daily Mail, page 12