Hebrides News reports:
The prospective Tory general election candidate for the Western Isles has made a hugely embarrassing gaffe by backing a spoof harbour in a landlocked village.
Conservative hopeful Sheena Norquay confusingly insists that developing the fictional port at Achmore in the middle of the barren Lewis moor is a top priority.
The 22-year-old hopeful unexpectedly stressed one of the main island issues is “the building of the harbour wall at Achmore.”
However, the policy is a complete nonsense as no such harbour exists.
Achmore is a dry land village is located in the centre of Lewis, surrounded by hills and moor, and is the furthest inhabited community in the Hebrides from the sea.
(It does sound as if the candidate unwisely decided to stop talking to the press after making the gaffe, making the final story worse, and didn’t have back up from the party to help her out. There are lessons there both in how to handle the media and also about supporting candidates.)