Brain Wilson sets out very clearly why the ferry scandal has developed and why there is no immediate or even longer-term prospect of anything getting better (“Cynical calculations shape ministers’ views of ferry fiasco”, The Herald, August 2). Basically, the island population is such a small proportion of the Scottish electorate that the Scottish Government thinks it will get away with it. However, I do think that Mr Wilson is perhaps under-estimating the symbolic role of island communities and the admiration they enjoy from others in Scotland. If you look at the land reform riots on Skye, or the jailing of the Raasay raiders, past struggles by island communities have often caught the public imagination and forced the government to act. Government at those times was obviously centred in London, so if ripples of discontent can reach there well over a century ago, they why can’t they reach Edinburgh today? The strategic question here for island communities is whether they just meekly accept the situation, or do something about it? At the moment, they just seem to be accepting it. The ferry fiasco is much more damaging than the Skye Bridge toll, for example, but where is the protest now? If all this is not enough to arouse people, then what would be? Is every island community group and local newspaper riddled with SNP activists, stopping discontent from being expressed? There must be some malign influence at work. If people want to campaign effectively on these issues, they have got to stop voting for the SNP and its core objective. If they do that, mainland Highland communities will likely start to do something similar in support, and the island diaspora will do likewise elsewhere. If the Scottish Government can neglect the islands like this, then no Highland or indeed rural community is safe. We all need to support these people because tomorrow, it could be us. Victor Clements, Aberfeldy.