Adverse comments forbidden (Colin McKay)
Your correspondent in last week’s Shetland Times, Gordon Harmer, was obviously in such a hurry to see his name in print again, that he didn’t take time to consider his own, and indeed the majority of employees in this country’s, contract of employment.
If he had, he would note that, whether written or implied (and this applies whether they be government local authority, NHS, private sector or whatever), employees are expressly forbidden from making adverse public comments about their employer, employer’s business, or indeed, how that business is conducted.
So why should SNP MPs or MSPs, who are after all employees, not be subject to the same disciplines?
Some employers forbid staff to wear uniforms or apparel bearing company logos in pubs, or park company vehicles outside such premises, because of public perception.
I’m sure Mr Harmer is aware of all this. If not, I recommend he reads his contract.
Mr Harmer, being employed in the transport business, makes no mention of the debacle Tavish Scott, as transport minister, made of the Aberdeen peripheral bypass, bridge tolls and RET.
Likewise the situation we all find ourselves in, locals and tourists alike, when we present ourselves for embarkation at NorthLink in Aberdeen, we have to wait/park on double yellow lines, next to signs on the fence which prohibit this at any time, again set out under Tavish’s transport brief.
Perhaps Mr Harmer would suggest we all keep moving round the two roundabouts at either end of the weighbridge. Imagine the chaos! Mobile musical chairs in case someone nips in front of you, or being liable for a charge of kerb crawling in Aberdeen’s dockland area. Explain that to your partner!
Will there be any letters from Mr Harmer and the rest of the “no” brigade condemning the lies which emanated from Comical Ali about Nicola Sturgeon’s alleged French connection?
Carmichael says it wasn’t him, but there’s a guy works down the chip shop swears he’s Elvis, and we know a song about that, don’t we children?
Most of us who believe in our country and our people, are aware of the subterfuge that the unionist parties get up to, and there will be more to come to keep the Irn Bru mob happy.