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Last Updated: Monday, 11 April 2005, 11:47 GMT 12:47 UK
Campaign views: George Whillans

MEET THE PANEL
George Whillans
Name: George Whillans
Age: 61
Lives: Langholm
Works: Community councillor
Current voting intention: Labour

Given the response to my first contribution I think that votes in Scotland will be won or lost because of a lack of understanding - and I include myself in this - of devolved and none devolved issues.

There is a failure of politicians to make this clear during there campaigns.

I'm not interested in what one leader thinks of another, only what he can do for me, so I hope they keep the personal comments out of this election.

If Tony Blair wants to win votes in Scotland then he should send up Gordon Brown to campaign for Labour.

Michael Howard can stay at home and save money on travel expenses.

Charles Kennedy could be in "Labour" anytime anyway and as far as Alex Salmond is concerned there are plenty more fish in the sea.

PANEL VIEWS - CAMPAIGN SO FAR

Because of devolution, this election will be fought out not by the leaders travelling the country but by the local MPs convincing his or her own constituents.

Tony Blair should have stood down before this election and handed the leadership to Gordon Brown.

When Margaret Thatcher shut the pits I bet she never thought the Tories in Scotland would end up down one, which is the hole they have dug for themselves.

Send us your comments on George's views using the form on the right.


I think you've fallen into stereotype country now. Is this covering for the fact you haven't given us many concrete explanations on why you're voting Labour? You do seem like the loyal working-class Labour supporter, and I don't think you'll change your mind in this election.
Undecided, Glasgow

The problem is that many older Labour voters haven't cottoned on to the fact that the Labour Party they voted for 15 or 20 years ago no longer exists. Labour is now a middle-England, middle-class party with no relevance whatsoever to working class Scots. Its time older voters woke up to this reality
Undecided, Dumbarton, Scotland

It's time that older voters realise that in continually voting Labour, regardless of their policies, they are going to wake up one day to find that any young Scot with ambition will have left the country. Why would an educated person want to live in a one-party state with a perpetually failing economy, a poverty of ambition and no opportunity to run our own affairs.
Daibhidh MacRuaidhri, Paisley, Scotland

I mean no disrespect to George at all, but he needs to wake up to the fact Scottish Labour do not represent the needs of the average working-class Scot. They represent middle-class, middle-England families. George is showing his age somewhat by blindly voting Labour come rain or shine. Old dog, new tricks comes to mind.
David, Edinburgh, Scotland

Margaret Thatcher didn't shut the pits, Arthur Scargill & his commie mate McGahey did. What short memories people have.
Robert, Coventry

The pits closed because they weren't finacially viable anymore. They would have closed under an old Labour government as well. His views are certainly out of date and blindly voting for new Labour, when you support old Labour policies is slightly narrow minded
ewan bowers, Perth

Scotland is going down the tubes. Unemployment is higher than any other part of the UK. Young people are leaving the country because of no opportunities. Youth crime is increasing. And waiting lists are even worse than before 1997. I wish George would think about his vote for the future instead of what has happened in the past. We have the same amount of oil in the North Sea still to come out. He should vote to ensure that is not wasted as the London parties have wasted it on dole money and now debt with Brown. It's his grand kids future he's gambling with by playing the same bet all the time.
J McKay, Glasgow, Scotland





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