Anything else would be spineless and duplicitous, and putting your voters behind your party.
At the recent meeting between local hauliers and the Government Officials, I am told that the MP showed his true colours.
There were various sessions at which the hauliers had private discussions about strategy, and the arguments to be put forward. They were ably assisted by the MP who told the hauliers the approach to be taken in the negotiations and discussions. He then followed this up with "And don't tell the officials that it was me who said that".
The hauliers are left with the feeling that they were being pushed down a pre-determined path with MacNeil playing both sides; knowing the trivial points which the Government would accept and pushing the hauliers accordingly.
Moreover, I understand from my sources that the MP, MSP and Chair of Transport were all well aware of the proposals, having been privy to the detail of the changes some months back. Indeed, I understand that they may all have been involved in discussions with the Minister about the haulage proposals last Autumn.
So, far from fighting the islands corner, it increasingly looks like they have bitten their tongues and/or been utterly powerless to change the Ministers mind. And then faked faux-outrage at the plans they already acquiesced to.
Is this why the Comhairle are not pushing this matter as hard as they should?