|Letters page Dunoon Observer 7th October 2011
Last week this paper published a letter from Mike Russell constituency
MSP which claimed; Professor Kays letter urges me to
take actions which would be improper, illegal and mostly impossible.
I am not surprised by that
I have never advocated illegal, improper, or impossible actions.
He does not specify what he is referring to or why, but if he means
my arguments for a frequent vehicle-passenger service between the
town centres, the case is proper, legal and possible - and evidence-based.
The economic case is currently made on the Governments own
website in the form of the Scottish Executive / Deloitte Touche
Report which shows that profits from such vehicle carrying would
offset most or all the subsidy needed for foot passengers. The legal
case was made by the ultimate authority in these matters, the European
Commission, who confirmed in writing to the MEP Alyn Smith and then
to me that such a service would conform to EU law.
Mike Russell has produced no evidence that I am urging illegal
action. By evidence, I do not mean vague, unjustified and unsubstantiated
opinion from within government but documented, substantiated, and
qualified legal opinion that matches the authority of the European
Commission, specifying which law or laws would be breached and why.
His failure to cite such evidence was compounded by his remark
that he was not surprised to see me advocating illegality, unjustly
implying this is a feature of my character. Mike Russells
remarks would be offensive and unacceptable from anyone, but even
more so from an elected representative.
PROFESSOR NEIL KAY
In last weeks edition we published a letter from Michael
Russell MSP on the subject of the Dunoon ferry tender process and
the new passenger-only service.
Mr Rusells letter contained a passage to the effect: Professor
Kays letter urges me to take actions which would be improper,
illegal and mostly impossible.
Professor Kay has asked the paper to make clear that there is no
suggestion or evidence that he has been advocating any illegal actions,
and we regret any embarrassment caused by the publication of this
The opinions expressed in these columns are those of correspondents
and not those of the Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard.