A case of how not to lead by example

Most of us accept – albeit sometimes grudgingly – that we have to cough up for council tax.

It helps pay for services such as roads, street lighting, education, social care etc. etc.

The councillors we elect are charged with administering this hard-earned cash – and when citizens fail to pay their council tax, for whatever reason, it makes life tougher for Scottish Borders Council.

Therefore, we suspect that some Borderers will be more than a tad annoyed when they read on page 3 of today’s Southern that 13 reminder letters for non-payment of this tax were sent out to local councillors in the five years from 2010 to 2014.

And it doesn’t look like we’ll discover who the culprits are. In a response to a Freedom of Information request, a spokesperson at council HQ in Newtown says because this information is “of a personal nature”, the tardy ones won’t be named.

This is certainly not the example to set for voters – including those struggling to pay their council tax.

Or is it more of a case of do as I say, not as I do?