‘Island nuked by own councillors’

Reader George McKenzie has hit out at Argyll abd Bute Council over their suggestion to the Boundary Commission that the new authority be named ‘Argyll and the Isles’.

A proposal to enlarge the Argyll and Bute constituency by taking in parts of Lochaber, and to rename it as Argyll, Bute and South Lochaber, was put before councillors last week as part of a review by the Boundary Commission.

But Helensburgh councillor Gary Mulvaney proposed that the constituency be re-named Argyll and the Isles – and it’s this suggestion which will be sent to the Commission.

Mr McKenzie told us, in a letter to the editor: “After surviving the onslaught of the Vikings, Clan Campbell, Cromwell’s army and miscellaneous misguided mapmakers, Bute is finally to be eradicated from the map by 16 councillors led by two from the suburbs of the Clyde Submarine Base. I suppose you could say the island’s the first to have been ‘nuked’ by its own politicians.

“To opt for the Tourist Board’s slogan of ‘Argyll and the Isles’ shows a complete and utter lack of imagination and initiative, and proves they have no knowledge of the area and its heritage, I can only assume they never studied or failed their standard grade history and geography.

“So apart from condemning the famous Brandanes and the island, which holds the premier title in Scotland, Duke of Rothesay created in 1398, to the dustbin of history, to totally ignore the residents of historic Lochaber and Morvern is a real kick in the teeth. However it’s par for the course and what can you expect from councillors when faced with major decisions?”

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