The bundle contains some very damning correspondence relating to the Rocket Range, and appears to depict both the MP and MSP as liars.
But, I'll let you be the judge of that.....
In July 2007, Mr MacNeil received a letter from Lord Drayson about the review, which contains the key phrase:
If all these proposals were taken forward there could be a significant impact on the number of jobs at the range. However, I would stress that, at present, these are no more than proposals.and later:
I am writing in similar terms to the constituency MSP, Alasdair Allan.Six months later Mr MacNeil sprung into action, at the request of staff who were hearing rumours about the plans, and arranged a visit to the site.
But look at the terms of the memo that resulted from that meeting.
MacNeil was concerned about "stemming the rumour mill", and then made it very clear just how serious an impact any closure of the facility would have.
And then did nothing, as far as we can tell, except - as requested - to be kept informed.
Of course when the solids hit the fan and the Council set up the Task Force there was a sudden burst of
There was a fourth option that I didn't have space for in the headline, and it appears to me to be the real story of these emails.
I believe that the workers in Uist were to be sacrificed by our MP and MSP to score a party political point, and it was only due to the massive, intensive and successful intervention of the Council that this was avoided.
I'll be posting further on this later today, work permitting.
(Link to pdfs now fixed - thank you for pointing this out)