"...you'd think the leader might take up residence."
I'm not sure why the fact that this man lives a few yards outside the Fife boundary would have any adverse effect on his ability to do the job, despite the Liberal Democrat leader Tim Brett questioning his morals.
"I'm not sure why the fact that this man lives a few yards outside the Fife boundary would have any adverse effect on his ability to do the job,"
I'm not suggesting it would. I'm quite sure many Fife Council workers live outside the county, just as I lived outside Dundee when I worked for Dundee College, but if the other county is so attractive, why not stand for office there?
The Leader of a Cabinet should live in the area the Cabinet is covering, whether that Cabinet is in Downing Street or Fife Hose. Don't think we'd accept a Prime Minister who permanently lived in France (or a First Minister who lived in England!).
Well I dont see its about pettiness. If this person (genuinely) lived in the exact centre of the area that would be fine, but if they lived in the middle of the Australian bush it wouldnt be. So somewhere between the two must lie the boundary of acceptability, beyond which should be a no go. And if someone is just over the line then they are still over the line. Like only just speeding, or a little bit pregnant..
I find it hard to believe that anybody is seriously proposing that there's something 'wrong' about this man living a few yards the other side of a boundary line.
There are times when one sees someone struggling to find a single valid reason for raising an objection about something in the first place,and this is one of them. I suggest that you consider abandoning your leaky boat of an argument immediately, and retire with the hope we'll all forget you ever suggested that this 'can't be right'.