Lesley Riddoch: How not to run a local democracy
A community buyout thwarted by intransigence is sadly symptomatic of a broken system, writes Lesley Riddoch.
WHAT does Lord Ashcroft's poll mean for Scotland's local councils? A quarter are Labour-run and all but one is located in the west of Scotland - a former heartland that seems intent on snubbing the People's Party on 7 May. Of course local elections aren't general elections, there are two long years before those polls and turnout in 2012 was a miserable 38 per cent.