The leaflet was roundly condemned by members of all parties and has brought the council election process into disrepute.
Below is the text of a letter produced by SNP candidates, Tom Coleman and Lynda Kenna that is both accurate and appropriate in terms of restoring dignity and integrity to the process, qualities sadly lacking in the original publication from Mr Buchanan.
FALKIRK LOCAL COUNCIL ELECTIONS 3rd MAY 2012 ELECTION MATERIAL ISSUED BY WILLIAM FRANCIS "Billy" BUCHANAN You may have recently received a leaflet through your letterbox from Mr Buchanan. Having asked for and received advice from the Returning Officer for the Falkirk Council Election we believe that the contents of this leaflet contravene The Representation of the People Act 1983 in that it is an illegal practice "to make or publish a false statement of fact about the personal character or conduct of a candidate in order to affect the return of any candidate in an election". It is understood by us that the content of this leaflet is currently a matter under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Department of Central Scotland Police. We further believe that this leaflet also constitutes a breach of the Ethical Standards in Public Life Code of Conduct For Councillors in that it is derogatory, unjustifiable and treats other individuals with gross contempt. We have taken the unusual step of issuing this letter as we believe that as a consequence of publishing false statements Mr Buchanan has maliciously undermined and debased the local election process. We would also ask you to keep in mind that your local elected Councillors are responsible for our schools, libraries, our parks, our roads, the care of our older people and in fact all the things that bind a community together. They are responsible for making sensible and measured decisions on your behalf on a budget of more than £350,000,000. Whoever you chose to vote for on Thursday 3rd May, we would ask you to make your vote count towards supporting and sustaining our community. Councillor Thomas Coleman Councillor Lynda Kenna Promoted by Lynda Kenna, 52 James Street, Stenhousemuir, FK5 3HS behalf of Thomas Coleman and Lynda Kenna. Printed by Falkirk SNP, 3 Castings Drive, FK2 7BN.