LETTERS: SNP voters did not want Tories

Like most people I know, I felt it was time for a change from the Tory council that had been in power since 2007 in Dumfries and Galloway and so I voted as such at the council elections.

The Tories lost the election and got fewer seats than Labour which, you would think, would mean we got our wish.

However, I was appalled to read in your paper that just as the Tories were almost out the door, the SNP has thrown them a lifeline by going into coalition and keeping them in power.

The end result of the election is we have the same Tory leader and faces at the top, despite them being thrown out by the voters.

Turnout at elections continues to decline because so many people think politicians are only in it for themselves and don’t care about the public. It looks like we have a shining example of that in Dumfries and Galloway Council.

I don’t understand how SNP councillors can justify what they have done. How many SNP voters thought that by voting SNP they would be supporting a Tory-led council?

The SNP has previously spoken out against the cuts and plans to privatise council services, but now it will be helping push them through. The SNP has really let local people down by selling out their principles and they should be ashamed of themselves.

Liam Harkness,

6 Makbrar Drive, Dumfries.

I’ve never been very political but I am, like many of your readers, so angry at the SNP for its decision to help the Tories form an administration on Dumfries and Galloway Council.

I see the damage the council in doing to our area and I simply don’t understand how the SNP can think it is right to go into partnership with the very party that has inflicted that damage.

Even though I disagree with the the SNP on independence, I always thought the party was at least better than the Tories and stood up for the right values. Quite a few of my friends voted SNP in previous elections. When one of them said after the election they felt like been cheated and lied to, I couldn’t agree with them more.

Clintock Alexander,

1 Ashwood Drive, Stranraer.