A big responsibility ... and a huge patch to cover

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume
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With our regular news bulletins currently being dominated by the latest developments in the Referendum debate, it’s easy to forget there’s another election this year ... in just a fortnight’s time in fact.

Yes, on May 22, we’ll be encouraged to go to the polls and vote for someone to represent us in the European Parliament.

However, only a third of us took up that invitation five years ago and the chances are that the figure will be even lower this time around.

Whisper it, but it will take a Herculean effort on my part to make it along on the day.

I don’t think I’ve missed an election since I was first eligible to vote so the chances are I will ensure my proud record remains intact.

But the fact is I feel divorced from the proceedings.

My local councillors cover the town I stay in and not much else, there are two MSPs for the Falkirk area and several more on the Central Scotland list, and we even have a pair of MPs representing the Herald’s patch in Westminster, but the prospective Euro-MP I eventually opt for will take in the whole of Scotland.

And that’s the problem.

No matter how much good work they do, it’s difficult to feel an affinity with them.