The meltdown by SNP supporters in Fife about the supposed lack of democracy evinced by Labour forming a minority administration betrays a basic lack of understanding of the single transferable vote system used in local government elections. It is not a first past the post, winner takes all system, but one designed to produce hung councils and collaboration between different parties. Local SNP councillors may be sore losers but they should know better than to denounce the entirely legitimate working of a democratic vote because it plays to their supporters’ ignorance and hunger for anti-unionist grievance. Even more ludicrous is the scaremongering claim that a Labour minority administration puts the Ibry bogeyman in charge in Fife – only two Tory councillors will sit on the policy-deciding executive committee. What is urgently needed is less nationalist grandstanding and much better civic education in our schools so voters understand the way Scotland’s three voting procedures work Of course Labour, Lib Dems and Conservatives could have chosen to install an SNP administration at Fife House. We’ve just come out of five years of SNP-labour coalition in Fife. SNP supporters should reflect on why, if this was so glorious, Labour councillors didn’t fancy another five years. The answer has nothing to do with a unionist plot and everything to do with sharing an administration with a local party whose supreme purpose is to shore up support for the SNP government at Holyrood and its divisive, separatist agenda. What that meant in practice in the last administration is that Fife Labour was hamstrung, forced by its SNP coalition partner to pay lip service to an SNP Government that is essentially hostile to local government. This can be seen in the continual cuts to core council budgets and the centralising instinct which sees councils as mere implementers of national diktats. Anyone who believes councils should be more than mere puppets of national government will welcome the new administration in Fife. Linda Holt, Dreel House, Anstruther.