Council roadwork on the Esplanade has been causing traffic snarls.
Council roadwork on the Esplanade has been causing traffic snarls. Alistair Brightman

No gratitude for gridlock on Esplanade at Scarness

EDITORIAL: Who'd want to be on the council, really? You're on a hiding to nothing.

Apart from having to put up with snarky newspaper editorials and mocking front pages whenever you mess up, you're never going to get it right as far as the people you represent are concerned.

You're charging too much for rates, but you're not spending enough on sewerage.

You're not doing enough to create jobs in the region, but you're wasting money on an organisation with a brief to do just that.

Your roads are rubbish, but you're causing problems when you improve them.

However, as statesman Pierre Trudeau said, "The essential ingredient of politics is timing."

And doing major roadworks on the Esplanade at Scarness, in daylight hours, during whale watching season, is leading with your chin and begging someone to take a shot.

If there was a road collapse or a mass of potholes, a clear and present danger, the work would be urgent and fair enough.

As it is, businesses are suffering, drivers are grumbling, and the council is killing any chance of a positive response to one of its projects.



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