Pardon me for not feeling a shred of sympathy if the place is becoming run down and lacking investment. A few short months ago the people of the town had the chance, in a democratic way, to at least indicate their dissatisfaction at the result of 12 years of new or was it hard Labour. As the majority voted instead for the status quo it seems to me they have the town centre they deserve.The writer, of course, alludes to last year's Glenrothes by-election, which Labour snatched from the jaws of a widely-predicted SNP victory.
Vindictiveness is an unattractive but hardly exceptional human trait, and it's thus unsurprising that it features in the arena of politics. However, whatever people may think in private, saying it in public seems altogether different - the letter-writer's message seems to be, "You didn't vote SNP, so you get what you deserve."
Of course, it's ironic that Peter Grant, the SNP's defeated by-election candidate, is leader of Fife Council and thus surely has not a little clout as regards Glenrothes and its future. Indeed, responding to the award Cllr Grant said:
Almost everywhere you go in the town you have green open spaces within a few yards. This is due to the vision of those who created Glenrothes more than 60 years ago. Glenrothes is a great place to live and work.Mr Grant's wife and fellow councillor Fiona Grant said:
We have a great community spirit in Glenrothes - perhaps those who give out such awards should look beyond the façade. Carbuncle? We are in fact a shining light to show how good new towns should be!Thus the disappointment of the by-election result has clearly not resulted in Mr Grant blaming previous administrations for the town's perceived shortcomings, and nor has he demonstrated the Schadenfreude of the Courier's correspondent.
Meanwhile, today the newspaper reports that the electoral register used in the by-election has gone astray, thwarting SNP attempts to inspect the official record of those who voted.
I smell a conspiracy. Or accusations, at least!