The Gurn happened across the website and twitter page of Independent candidate Ritchie Cunningham this morning during the usual scrutiny of everything on Twitter that mentions Nairn. There's a lot of reading material on Ritchie's Wiki and fair play to him for providing the electorate with information on his background and opinions. One strong thread running through that is his support for the Union. He entitles his thoughts on Independence with "Patriotism comes in many forms." He continues:
"I am most definitely in favour of retaining the union and remaining a part of the United Kingdom and at the same time I am proud to be Scottish. I have no difficulty supporting a UK team in the Olympics and a Scottish team in the Commonwealth Games. It isn’t a matter of choosing to be British or Scottish but choosing to be both. Despite the three hundred years of union and attempts to quash Scottishness after the Jacobite uprising the Scottish identity is alive and strong and I see no danger in our identity being diminished by the union. The greater danger in diluting any national identity comes from the media and the dominance of American culture on the rest of the world."
Gurnites can browse Ritchie Cunningham's musings here and follow his tweets on this page. Liz and Colin are already out there on Facebook and twitter and now an independent candidate has joined them. Will any more of the contestants step forward with a digital presence?