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Parliament boundary plan is horrendous


I had known for some time of the proposed boundary changes to Argyll and Bute but Martin Laing’s column At Random (The Oban Times, October 26) really brought it home to me how horrendous it would be.

When I first came to live in this place it was known as Argyllshire or Argyll. It was, at the time, a large enough county, one of the biggest in the UK.

Later, in 1983, the boundaries were changed and enlarged to take in Bute, an act of gerrymandering from the powers-that-be. Bute was already a good-sized county in its own right. The two former counties were lumped together and renamed Argyll and Bute.

It was to become a challenge to any single MP to represent the whole place. It is not just the sheer land mass that poses problems and the journey times, it is also the sea between all the islands.

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