I really think Les Lowes does no favours to himself and his opinion by referring to the subject of his letter as … I have no wish to repeat the name. Might not his allusion also be crass and insulting enough to merit an apology?
I’ve certainly seen and heard Jonathan Wills write and say things that I have considered to be distasteful or hurtful, but in this instance, ill-timed and offensive as the gesture and remark were, he apologised while the meeting was still in private, and had the event not been leaked to The Sun, that might have been an end of the matter, unless it had been slipped into the usual gossip and rumour mills of Shetland.
However, as his action and the nature of the meeting were now in the public domain, surely he was entitled to explain himself, which he did on Sunday.
It’s important to focus on what his protest was about, rather than the form it took, ie the very lack of free speech that Les Lowes upholds as a hallmark of democracy. If councillors at meetings are forbidden to speak in support of their resolutions at the whim of the chair, that is surely an unacceptable stifling of debate.
Furthermore, that such a meeting be held in private is questionable to say the least.
Councillor Wills may lack tact, as may we all in the heat of the moment, but it seems to me that, in this matter, he is scrupulous in his interpretation of democratic procedure.