Wednesday, February 08, 2012
LABOUR SAYS SNP HAS FAILED ISLANDS ON RET
The Western Isles Labour Party claims that SNP representatives have failed the islands following the meeting between Transport Minister Keith Brown and island hauliers.
Matt Bruce, Chairman of the Western Isles CLP said: " On such a crucial economic issue that will affect every household in the islands Alasdair Allan, Angus MacNeil and Donald Manford failed to convince their own Transport Minister of the consequences of withdrawing the RET scheme for lorries.
As usual the blame is directed elsewhere and no responsibility is taken for what has been a mitigated disaster from start to finish. If Mr Allan had any influence at all in government this issue would not have seen the light of day. We now have a situation where SNP representatives are caught between their loyalty to the Scottish Government and the people of the Western Isles, who will suffer directly as a result of their failure."
He continued: " If RET was the jewel in their policy crown they have now gone to great lengths to dismantle it and as a result the haulage, shellfish,crofting industries and ultimately every person in the Western Isles will suffer immeasurably.
If the plan of having SNP Councillors after the next election was to put the Western Isles in a more favourable position with the Scottish Government the idea has failed before it has even begun. Mr Manford has proved that this week.
At least one of their candidates has had the courage of his convictions and resigned in protest over this issue. As for the other announced SNP candidates their silence has been deafening an indication of what to expect should they ever be elected. They would be apologists for the Scottish Government at the expense of the interests of the people of the Western Isles."