Lorne Anton’s rant against the Borders Party and its consistent opposition to the “wee tram to Gala” is a timely reminder of two things.
Firstly, that there is nothing more galling than national politicians meddling in things they do not understand.
The case for the railway has been proven time and time again to be flawed and a waste of time and money. The economics are laughable and the costs that have largely been ignored will turn out to be a mistake of Titanic proportions – one that makes the relative overspend on the Edinburgh trams seem like chicken feed.
It also reminds us that, in these cynical times, there is one political party that says what it thinks, stands up for common sense and has the integrity to voice what the sensible Borders majority thinks about political vanity projects such as the railway – the Borders Party. The national parties that have representatives on our local councils by definition have to toe the party line. The Borders Party has to toe no line other than what is good for the region. It can think from the grass roots up, not the top down.
All of us know more about our little patch of the planet, the one where we live, than what’s going on in the world at large – even with 24-hour rolling news. That’s why thinking local and acting local is so important.
If we don’t know about the issues that affect our local area then who does – someone at Holyrood, Westminster, or Brussels?