I know many of my colleagues have very serious and considered views, but trying to force Councillors to stick to an approved line and not be allowed to have their own view justs sticks in the craw.
I wasn't well with a cold, and this motion just made me want to get up and leave. So I did. I'm very glad sense was seen and Angus Graham's counter motion was passed, as trying to tell us how to vote and speak at third party meetings was on a hiding to nothing.
The target was - of course - shipping services, where CalMac sailings are discussed and where divergence from the Free Church/FP line was not to be allowed (even for Barra???). This behaviour only serves to marginalise the Sabbatarians further and undermine their authority. Respect for their position is being lost with every attempt to force their views down others' throats, but they fail to see this.
Sad, but true, the Free Church seem to want to be authors of their own demise.