No one can say that nine year old Martha Payne doesn’t know what she’s talking about.
She is the Lochgilphead Primary School pupil who has the council on the back foot over the grim and miserly school dinners she photographed and exposed to viral interest on the internet and the nationwide media.
The council’s hapless Malcolm McFadyen could not have made a worse decision when he went on air and chose to criticise this independent-minded child for making the wrong choice.
Her father – the one who has been working with her on the personal creative project that led to her photographs being published on her blog, NeverSeconds, is the energetic inspiration behind the massive and carnivalesque Lochgilphead Rally in support of the Mid Alrgyll Swiming Pool (MacPool) and who looks after events on the MacPool Board.
Her mother is a local GP.
The family grow a lot of their own food on their smallholding and while working on this, Mr Payne looks after their children.
This is an intelligent, well informed, self sufficient family – not hippy but savvy and articulate and Martha’s gene legacy looks to be evidence of it.
Mr McFadyen might reflect on the wisdom of knowing when to stop digging.