Reid sticks up for Argyll & Bute following BBC insult
Who are you calling uncivilised?
Alan Reid MP is sticking up for the population of Mid Argyll and its beavers, after an 'insult' from BBC Devon reporter John Maguire.
Mr Maguire was reporting on beavers in the wild near the Devon town of Ottery St Mary, a first for England in some 500 years; he was less than complimentary about Argyll's own four-footed dam builders and their location.
"There is a population [of beavers] up in Scotland. The difference there, though, is that they are out in the middle of nowhere but here on the River Otter [they are] quite close to civilisation, the town of Ottery St Mary," said John Maguire in his report on BBC News.
"The residents of Lochgilphead, Ardrishaig, Cairnbaan, Crinan and Tayvallich will be shocked to discover that they live far from ‘civilisation’, I'm sure," said Mr Reid.
"But seriously, we are all working flat out, to halt population decline and promote Argyll and Bute as a great place to live, work, study, start-up businesses and for tourists to visit. A throw-away remark like Mr Maguire’s on BBC News at prime time, can have an adverse impact on people's perceptions of a location." said Mr Reid.
“I have complained to the BBC about these remarks. I expect them to broadcast a positive news item about the high quality of life in Mid Argyll to make up for this insult.”
NOTE: See http://www.otterystmarytourism.co.uk/festivalsevents.html andhttp://www.east-devon-guide.com/pixie-day.html for activities in Ottery St Mary.