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Inverness GP stands as SCP candidate in 2010

Donald Boyd, an Inverness General Practitioner is standing as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party at the forthcoming 2010 General Election. Dr. Boyd spearheaded the SCP campaign in the elections for the Scottish Parliament in 2007.

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Dr. Donald Boyd

Donald  BoydDr. Donald Boyd is standing as the Scottish Christian Party's (SCP) parliamentary candidate for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey UK Parliamentary constituency in the General Election on Thursday 6th May 2010. He previously spear-headed the SCP campaign at the Scottish elections in 2007.

Donald has lived in Inverness and its environs since 1980 and has been acquainted with the Highlands from his childhood. He is a medical doctor and, although he is a GP, he has mainly worked at Raigmore Hospital since 2000. He also works as part of the Street Pastors team where he helps out each month in the city centre or Merkinch (see here for recent report by Dr. Boyd of his work with Street Pastors.)
To this local knowledge, his interest in British and world history adds an international and historical perspective to his assessment of the needs of Britain at several levels of society.

Street Pastors in conversation
Donald Boyd and Thom RallerDonald is concerned at the marginalising of Christian values in public life, and the open hostility to the practice of Christianity. He believes it is Christianity which made Britain Great, and the fragmentation of our society is because of the decline in practical Christianity. "I challenge someone to mention one thing which unites British society at present - not even a common language unites us," he says.

He applies this view to the European Union also and is of the opinion that the ordinary British citizen is unable to follow what happens in Europe. He suggests that the average person "only feel the adverse effects of European laws made by faceless bureaucrats whose languages they do not even understand."

Further information on the Scottish Christian Party and Dr. Boyd's candidacy can be found at the Highland SCP web site.

Inverness High Street in the run-up to the General Election
SCP in Inverness at 2010

Christians Together, 24/04/2010

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Peter Carr 04/05/2010 07:49
"According to the STV website
Donald Boyd (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey) is the only candidate standing for the Scottish Christian Party."

Thanks for the info Peter. Looks like George Hargreaves has forsaken Scotland, so much for the concept of a Scottish Christian Party! I hope that he has the good sense to do the same next year for the Hollyrood elections.

Alec (Guest) 04/05/2010 09:13

The "Siar" and "an Iar" are almost interchangeable, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar meand "The Council of the western Isles"

"Na h-Eileanan an Iar" could roughly translate as "the isles of the west" but it is essentially "the estern Isles"

"Comhairle nan Eileanan an Iar" wouldnt work grammatically. And also sound a bit clumsy.

Gaelic grammar is an amazingly complex subject.

I think Siar/ Sear are more common than Iar / Ear although one is really just a variant on the other

The west side of Lewis gets referred to as the "Taobh Siar"

The Monach Isles have a "Ceann Ear" and a "Ceann Iar" (east end and west end)

Just think, if Gaelic had replaced English as the language of the UK, you'd be watching "CeannEaraich" on telly, rather than "EastEnders"


Peter Carr 04/05/2010 12:34
Just watched the interview with Donald Boyd (the lone voice for SCP in Scotland), and have to say that I am saddened by the lack of understanding as to what is really going on in our post-Christian country.

It seems to me that the majority of people in our land don't have time for the Christian evangelical voice. I think that declining church attedance is good evidence of this, so why would they want to give their vote to someone who has no chance of being elected, who promotes values and standards that are largely alien to them?
Penny Lee 04/05/2010 16:24
Peter says:

"so why would they want to give their vote to someone who has no chance of being elected, who promotes values and standards that are largely alien to them? "

Maybe because God moves them to. It is also the case that many people in our land know that it is in a desperate state even if they don't know why. However, many of these people will have known a time when the UK functioned better and had much more of a Christian influence. Perhaps they may just begin to recognise why and marry the two together.

I feel that if we let go of our faith in God to do things which we can't, in respect of influencing society's actions, then we would be as well to sit on the ground wailing and throwing up dirt. surely, God knows the limitations of our abilities and will deliver the part that we can't do if we would only trust Him.
Peter Carr 04/05/2010 18:35
So, the same God who could move people to attend church, but instead allows them to excercise free will, which accounts for why church attendance is at a record low, could move them to vote! OK, but vote for who, as SCP only have one candidate standing in Scotland?!!

Penny Lee 04/05/2010 22:20

Perhaps the real reason why churches are emptying is because they have strayed from preaching the pure gospel and are no longer meeting people's spiritual need.

I don't know who God would direct people to vote for but I do know that any leader is only in position because God allowed it - and that is Biblical. We don't need to fret over who others should vote for so long as we are acting in accordance with His will.
Rosemary Cameron 04/05/2010 22:33
Thanks Alec for the Gaelic explanation - always happy to increase my knowledge of my grandfather's native tongue!

It really does seem that George Hargreaves has abandoned Scotland, given that Donald Boyd isn't even listed as a candidate on the CP website and there are no other SCP candidates. Donald - I'd go independent next time if I were you. You don't seem to be getting much backup from England, just more wacky policies of the type I had to deal with when I was a candidate!

Went to a hustings at a local church last night - very interesting and informative, with all 5 candidates present. Hearing them answer pertinent questions confirmed my decision on who to vote for. it's just a shame that there were only 40-50 people there.
Peter Carr 05/05/2010 08:08

Opinions are wonderful things, and we are all entitled to them, however if God does so direct or move people to vote for a Christian, what is the alternative to the one SCP candidate that is available? So, who has slipped up God or SCP?

There is an alternative as you well know;

Editor 05/05/2010 09:32
Just a reminder that there is a thread elsewhere to discuss the internal issues facing the SCP.
Peter Carr 05/05/2010 10:22

Whose idea was it for you to stand as the sole SCP candidate in Scotland, yours or Rev Hargreaves?
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