No doubt though the flags will be put out at Council HQ in Newtown at Rab’s departure as he took some hard hitting swipes at the policies of the current Administration under Leader David Parker.

In fact I wondered if Deputy Leader John Mitchell had become a full-time apologist for SBC with his many replies to Rab’s letters taking the Council to task. Rab, as many will recall was a great asset as an officer of the former TGWU and fought and won many battles with employers, I recall over 25 years back now, Rab giving me some advice I was reluctant to take but in the end his honest and forthwith approach was the right thing.

Yours Nik Wirsten Leslie Place, Selkirk.