There’s an extended and at times heated exchange of views filling up the letter column over at Hebrides News just now. The subject is, of course, the Sunday ferry that CalMac will hopefully just get on with introducing as soon as possible – I see a day trip to Ullapool in my future!
A range of individuals have expressed their views in support of a Sunday ferry with a John Macleod seemingly the only voice taking the contrary view.
In his latest letter, said John Macleod writes very colourfully but with little attention to his own outpourings. In the first half of his letter he tells that he has no dislike of incomers, highlighting his magnanimous acceptance by saying:
Well, I am afraid I have not the least aversion to incomers.
After all, I am arguably one myself – though I have lived in this island for many years, and am of impeccable Lewis parentage, I was born and schooled on the mainland. (Admittedly, Partick Highland Free Church was effectively Leodhas-sur-Clyde.)
Fair and honest enough (though the bastardised Gaelic-French-english makes him appear false rather than witty). He then goes on to attack, albeit very subtly, some of the incomers who have written in to express views that are contrary to his own. Not so fair, not entirely honest and very long-winded.
Later in his letter he reveals more of his attitude to incomers with the following:
People on this island are therefore quite entitled to the view that it is imprudent – and, indeed, impolite – to attack local Christians, local religion and the local Lord’s Day when one has not lived here very long, and to put a weight to such arguments on that basis, and to point out (in all courtesy) that such-and-such has only been here for all of ten minutes.
That doesn’t mean we don’t like them; or that we’re gonna run round and torch their house: it means only that their opinings on this subject are of no very great account.
So if you have lived on this island “for all of ten minutes” your “opinings on this subject are of no very great account.”
Well there you have it. By his own smug reasoning, John Macleod should keep his trap shut. He is an incomer (even if he can claim to have been here for more than “ten minutes”) and therefore his opinion on the matter of the Sunday ferry is “of no very great account.”
Make a phrase with the following words: