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If it is any consolation to Mick Rice …

Comment posted Dunoon Observer invites voters to pick their ghoul by Dave McEwan Hill.

If it is any consolation to Mick Rice I would rather he got onto the council than Dick Walsh, Jimmy McQueen, Tony Miles or the invisible Tory candidate.
And a very large percentage of the SNP used to be in the Labour Party. That was when it was an honest movement.
My first experiences of political activity were in the Craigton Labour rooms just off Paisley Road West in Glasgow – probably before Mick was born.
But it’s a rough old game politics.
Were any SNP candidate to have the “colourful” past of Mick Rice the Labour Party would make sure it was on the front page of every newspaper in Scotland and being belted out by the BBC.
I don’t know when Labour became the Labour and Unionist Party, just like the Tories, but most of the early leading lights of the Labour movement in Scotland – John Mclean, Jimmy Maxton,Davie Kirkwood, Roland Muirhead, R.B Cunninghame Graham were home rulers and many were founding members of the SNP with Muirhead and Cunningham Grahame along with Liberals like Johnny (Lord)Bannerman, father of Ray Michie.
Regardless of the results in Scotland next week at the council elections the process of the SNP replacing the Labour Party in Labour’s Scottish heartlands will continue.

Dave McEwan Hill also commented

  • Hands up all those who believe that the previous record as a councillor is NOT relevant in somebody seeking election as a councillor.
    Not many hands up there.
    Hands up all those who believe that the Labour party, having found out some “colourful” information about some SNP candidate’s past, wouldn’t have had it on the front page of every newspaper that would listen to them?
    Hmmm..same again.
    I am deeply indebted to Simon. His succession of rants,entirely devoid of any levity, about a little mischevious throwaway piece of mine posted a few days which would have passed long since ago has guaranteed it wide attention.
    Keep it up – whoever you are
  • Still waiting.
    Cowardly stuff
    It’s so very easy to be offensive and rude hiding behind a pseudonym.
    My original mischevious remark about stuff that was fairly general knowledge during the Parliamentary campaign was perhaps a number of things but “unsubstantiated innuendo” it certainly wasn’t.

    Since when anyway did a candidate’s past activities have no bearing on whether or not he should be elected?

  • Give us your name and I’ll perhaps respond.
  • unsubstaniutated innuendo

    Eh? Where did I do that?

  • Nice balanced stuff, Gus
    Readers may judge that those who stoop to personalised abuse and intemporate and aggressive language have obviously lost the argument.
    When DID Labour become the Labour and Unionist Party?

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