Oct 17 2008 by Stef Lach, Kilmarnock Standard
UPON reading last week’s letters, I found Mr Houston’s attack on Des Browne both vile and hypocritical in the extreme.
His support for the SNP has obviously clouded his vision as to a few home truths.
Mr Houston cites as a reason for Mr Browne’s so called “downfall” (I wasn’t aware he had fallen) his acceptance of more than one role in his portfolio at Westminster.
Has he missed then the multi tasking of failed SNP leader John Swinney, who has the economy, local government, the budget, energy, tourism, climate change, public transport and Scottish Water in his burgeoning portfolio?
He has even missed that on our doorstep we have a barely seen or heard from MSP William Coffey, who is also Councillor William Coffey. If I ever had faith in anyone to take on multiple responsibilities it would be Des Browne.
To further insinuate that any member of the armed forces would be insulted by Des Browne or any of his actions is ludicrous.
Possibly most insulting to a member of the armed forces would be someone from the SNP claiming support for the troops while actively trying to split the country they represent.
Mr Houston continued that Des Browne acted like a defence lawyer in his role as Defence Secretary.
Interesting that you remind us that Mr Browne is indeed one of the best legal minds in the country. In a world of complicated international law and negotiation, the armed forces will have performed their duties knowing their representative in the British government had the skills and the top class ability to protect them and their interests.
Des Browne does indeed have “more time to sort out constituents’ problems.”
Maybe he could start with something really life changing like blue lights under a bridge.
– John McCracken jnr, Kilmarnock.