While not at all significant in any wider political context, the election of Dave MacDonald to a community council in Aberdeen serves to demonstrate the danger of voter apathy and failure to engage with the democratic process.
MacDonald represents a form of political extremism. But the thing about extremists is that they will always vote. As extremists, they are, by definition, a tiny minority of the population as a whole and of the electorate. But, because all the extremists will always vote, if decent, moderate people do not then the extremists automatically become a larger proportion of the electorate.
This is an unfortunate but essential property of an electoral system which, being truly democratic, views the banning of political parties as anathema.
Another danger, illustrated by a disturbing proportion of the comments here, is that even the most insignificant electoral success for the likes of Dave MacDonald tends to stir the sediment at the bottom of the social pond, agitating all manner of slime-dwellers and bringing them briefly into the mainstream.
Let this regrettable episode be a timely reminder to responsible citizens that they have a duty to ensure that they are on the electoral register and to vote at every opportunity.
When you don’t vote, the extremists win!