Haste on Ye Hustings. Please
Three days to go until Polling Day and the rain forest is declining fast with candidates producing their last minute puffs. The first (and thankfully only) effusion from Mr M. Cook, the independent candidate for the local council elections hand delivered to day, and with difficulty squeezed under our 1874 front door-the letter box is around the side. Mr Lamont, the Tory MSP candidate who has cut down more trees than all the other candidates combined has joined the LibDems with his facsimile 'handwritten' last appeal for support on Thursday. He has incorporated a further 'hand written' letter of support from a Mr Wyse (perhaps a misleading surname in this context?) a former Provost of Jedburgh. The wife says that clearly from the script Mr W is a Mr but she is not so sure about John. Anyhow, irrespective of gender, he is promising to stand up for every community 'no matter how small' so great news for Hutton and Fishwick (Paxton, with its huddled masses, can stand up for itself, thank you very much)
Mr Cook is more bombastic and self confident as befits a former Depute (ugh) Leader of the Scottish Borders Council. Allegedly he has the skills and experience, or so he tells us, he gets results and he is passionate about our community-by which I think he means Eyemouth which he used to represent in the SBC Council under the previous system of one member small constituencies. He won't learn much about Hutton by poking billet douxs under doors but at least he has trod the turf if not pressed the flesh or even the door bell-or of course it could have been someone else on his behalf-a daughter perhaps?
Mr C modestly mentions his First Class Honours Degree (his capitals) in Scottish History from St Andrews. So he comes from a more intellectual background than say Big Jim Conundrum. Mrs O went to the LSE acording to her literature (but for how long and with what success is not mentioned) And Mr Raw is a former Head master so we have three possible Grudian Readers (In Mrs O's case more likely the Glascow Herald) and a certain Daily Torygraph amongst our future Tribunes of the people