Wednesday, February 20, 2008

MORE DRACONIAN SNP CUTS

The list of vicious SNP cuts just gets bigger and bigger, what the SNP insist on calling 'savings' turns out to be quite a list of brutal cuts.

Unless you believe that reducing 12 elderly wardens to 6 will as the SNP said "improve the service' that is what they ask us to believe, they actually put that in their document, you have to have a very srong streak of arrogance to insult people's intelligence in such a way and the SNP have it.


We now learn that their latest 'savings' (cuts) involve the closure of 4 libraries and 5 area housing offices, their logic on wardens spreads therefore to these 'savings' (cuts) as well.


Like the wardens we are now told that closing the area housing office and forcing people to journey outside their local area to deal with housing matters will be 'an improvement'


People who use their local libraries will now have to travel elsewhere to use the library service again according to the SNP this will be 'an improvement' I must go and check if Orwell who created 'the ministry of truth' was in fact a Scotsman and a member of the SNP.

Shamefully sitting alongside the library closures is the reduction in opening hours for the Museum.

Make no bones about it, 'the Barbarians are at the gate' the Philistines are in control.
Working people and the whole Labour movement strived for centuries to provide libraries and museums free for everyone and this mob are destroying that legacy, these are the peole who call themselves Scotland's party, a cruel joke indeed.

Years ago there was another famous nationalist who said "when I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver" his ideas seem to be thriving in Renfrewshire under the SNP.

46 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tel,

Do us a favor, could you tell us if there is anything left out your neck of the woods worth shutting? we've got a morning free next week.

Barbarians, Draconians, Philistines all in the one tome. Your wee Ladybird book will soon run out of nasty adjectives you could use. you could always go to the library to get another.

Anonymous said...

Please stop telling lies and trying to frighten people. No one will have to 'journey outside their local area'. The neighbourhood offices will be replaced by customer service centres with better opening hours, able to provide a much wider range of services. It has saved the Council tenants almost £500,000 a year in costs. A win win situation. Try and be happy for them.

Anonymous said...

Physical libraries are a huge drain on public resources with utilisation having tanked in recent years.

Maybe a value for money option would to have an online book service that would allow people to visit a Renfrewshire website and reserve a book. It would then be delivered to their door. When they were finished they would tell the site and someone would come and pick it up?

Anonymous said...

Was it not a famous Nationalist Socialist who said that? In which case which part made him say it? Nationalism or socialism?

Macnasty said...

Councillor,
Just heard Mrs Alexander question Mr Salmond (FMQ's) about job cuts made by the SNP Aberdeen council.

Mr Salmond didn't shout at her or even raise his voice. More in sorrow than in anger, he very kindly explained to her that as Aberdeen was in fact a Liberal-led Council, she was asking the wrong man.

This is the woman you helped become Labour leader in Scotland and who you said had the sharpest brain in Scottish politics.
As my old Grannie would say 'Yon Kelly is wandered, puir wee man.'

Elif said...

Believe me I am opposed to any cuts in libraries on principle but prior to the closure the quality of books provided have been appalling. I walk into a library and my choice is crap biographies and crime and romance. Where is the range of classics? Great political works? Great works of history? Philosophy? Religion? Mythology?

They have nothing to do with learning any more.

In truth the rot set in with libraries set in long ago -both the Tories and Labour need to accept some responsibility for that. The SNP (much as I despise them) merely put them out their misery.

Rumbold said...

Terry:

This is probably the 94th comment on the subject, but why nothing about Fidel?

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 20/02/08

Some baby clinics, some elderly lunch clubs, a doctors surgery, we might even have an orphanage the SNP would love that wouldn’t they.

We told you so !

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 20/02/08

You could add in that gem of SNP logic, “ cutting the number of elderly wardens from 12 to 6 will provide a better service”

You are clearly prepared to tolerate any injustice as long as it comes from the ’Tartan Tories’ shame on you.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 21/02/08

Well run libraries providing modern services are the cornerstone of the community.

The SNP are not the first party of ’book burners’ we have seen.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 21/02/08

Yes he was a ‘National Socialist’ and his party abused the name of socialism in the same way that the members of the Tartan Tories who claim to be socialists do today.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Macnasty) 21/02/08

Aberdeen is a Lib.Dem. / SNP coalition which makes her question valid and Alex (the spiv’s) answer evasive and a cheap shot.

‘Yon Kelly is wandered, puir wee man’ I’m 59 yrs old and lived here all my life and I’ve never heard anyone talk like that.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Macnasty) 21/02/08

Aberdeen is a Lib.Dem. / SNP coalition which makes her question valid and Alex (the spiv’s) answer evasive and a cheap shot.

‘Yon Kelly is wandered, puir wee man’ I’m 59 yrs old and lived here all my life and I’ve never heard anyone talk like that.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Elif) 22/02/08

I don’t recognise that description of our libraries at all. Whatever the SNP did it was not done because of lack of quality, they wouldn’t recognise quality if it jumped up and bit them.

Quality can’t be quality to them unless it’s Scottish, Sartre, Kafka, Joyce etc don’t qualify.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Rumbold) 17:26

I’m still too distraught but I will get to it.

Macnasty said...

Cllr Kelly 7.01pm
'I've never heard anyone talk like that.'

Well no, you wouldn't. "See you Jimmy" is as good as it gets in downtown Paisley. You stick to quoting your man Einstein Terry - I'll go with Granny anyday.

Wendy, the sharpest knife in Scottish politics, gave Alex an open goal with that question and he scored so take it on the chin and don't scream foul, it gives the impression Labour dont like it up them.

Anonymous said...

The SNP's Kate Howie has been elected to represent the Highland ward on Perth and Kinross council.

The results were: Ms Howie 1,891 votes; Graham Rees from the Conservatives 940; Liberal Democrat, Andrew Kenton 229; and Labour's Anne Chatt 97.

Anonymous said...

"Whenever I hear the word 'culture' I reach for my revolver."
The actual quote is "Wenn ich Kultur höre ... entsichere ich meinen Browning". Which translates as: "Whenever I hear [the word] 'culture'... I remove the safety from my Browning!"
This quote is often mistakenly attributed to leading Nazi Hermann Goering, or occasionally to Julius Streicher, a lower-ranking Nazi. This misattribution may date from the famous Frank Capra documentaries (Why We Fight) shown to American troops before shipping out.
In fact, it's a line uttered by the character Thiemann in Act 1, Scene 1 of the play Schlageter, written by Hanns Johst. The association with Nazism is appropriate, as the play was first performed in April 1933, in honor of Hitler's birthday.
Baldur von Schirach, head of the Hitlerjugend, delivered this sentence in a public speech, circa 1938. A footage of the scene, with von Schirach actually drawing his gun, appears in Frederic Rossif's documentary "from Nurnberg to Nurnberg".
Notes: It's possible that this is actually a rather more felicitous phrase in translation than it is in the original. Both the original German and this more elegant English translation were juxtaposed by Howard Thomas in his review of an article by Nicholas H Battey in the Journal of Experimental Biology, December 2002, as "the famous words of Hanns Johst: 'Wenn ich Kultur höre ... entsichere ich meinen Browning' - 'Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver.'"
The phrase itself may be a play on words as the word Browning may refer to both a pistol and the English poet Robert Browning.
Additionally it should be noted that a Browning (most likely the M1935 High-Power) is not a revolver, but a magazine-fed semi-automatic pistol.

Anonymous said...

Councillor

Do you think it contributes anything to the debate in your country to label an opposition party as Nazis/book burning party/National Socilaists?

Of my own family, six perished in Nazi death camps. I have never known either of my grandfathers because of this. The Nazis were an evil stain on humanity and to draw comparisons with the SNP only belittles those who died there. It also traduces you Councillor, in the eyes of all who read you.

I don't particularly care about your own, tiny internecine war with your small town political opponents, but in the name of millions who perished I must ask you to firstly apologise for the ease with which you bandy around the term 'Nazi' out of respect. Secondly, I must ask you to in future engage in adult debate without recourse to the last refuge of internet scoundrels, namely those who draw comparisons with Germany 1933-45 to win any argument with those whom they have some minor disagreement.

Jack McGurk said...

"Your wee Ladybird book will soon run out of nasty adjectives you could use. you could always go to the library to get another."

Anon 20/02 10:27 No he can't the SNP have shut the libraries so we're stuck with Rayleen's limited English degree vocabulary

Jack McGurk said...

"This is probably the 94th comment on the subject, but why nothing about Fidel?"

Ah, well Terry's in a bit of a quandary here. On on hand TK is Renfrewshires champion of lesbian and gay rights, yet on the other he supports Fidel Castro under whose regime homosexuality is punishable under law.

oakwood said...

it has to be said that the SNP led regime in Renfrewshire is also cutting the education budget significntly.

Departmental budgets are being slashed and the new teachers are not being hired to replace retirees


Instead they are filling gaps with inexperienced NQT's whose salaries are paid by the Scottish executive. Might not bother many but in actual fact it exacerbates the problem of new teachers being unable to get permanent jobs and build a career.

They ought to be ashamed of themselves.

Rumbold said...

Terry:

"I’m still too distraught but I will get to it."

Heh.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Macnasty) 22/02/08

The ‘spiv’ dodged the question and, people don’t talk like that.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 22/02/08

So, you can read the newspapers as well then.

Settlers beware.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 23/02/08

I don’t believe you.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 23/02/08

Attacks on libraries, museums, culture in general ! It was the obvious comparison.

My experience of the SNP is that they don’t do culture unless of course it’s what they call Scottish culture.

Nationalism as displayed by the SNP is a nasty business and people should be made aware of it.

Do you practice being pompous or is it natural ?

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Jack McGurk) 23/02/08

Correct on one point, the SWP are shutting libraries.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Jack McGurk) 23/02/08

One can only assume that you haven’t read much of my web.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(oakwood) 23/02/08

Correct but, you will wait a long time before you see shame from the SNP, ignorance yes, arrogance yes, but shame ? no.

ShrekBall said...

Whether you believe the anonymous poster about their family in the death camps or not would you not now apologise for comparing the SNP to the Nazi party?

Surely you see how offensive this is and how it belittles those who were victims to the second most murderous political ideology of the 20th century? Do you honestly want us to accept that you equate the SNP's minor budget alterations with the extermination of jews, gays, gypsies, communists, catholics and political subversives?

The aedjt said...

So did you support anything in the budget Terry?

Anonymous said...

Do you want me to quote Brian Oldreys comments? when he shut Kilbarchan and Inchinnan Libraries to name but two.

In Terryland these were GOOD cuts. not on the poor , dispossed and the vulnerable, to quote someone from her trendy West end flat.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(ShrekBall) 25/02/08

Ah the voice of reason from (Shreckball) -
why would anyone in their right mind take advice from someone like you.

Here you are (Shrekball) talking about me on an article called ‘JUSTICE AMERICAN STYLE‘ comment Feb. 5Th. 08 9.43 am.
“So you are an apologist for some of the most fascist fanatics on the face of this planet” ? You (Shrekball) are a Janus faced clown.

If you take the trouble to find out you will see the word ‘nationalism’ attached to the most horrible people and groups all over the world and throughout history.

What a lot of these people have in common is a contempt for any culture which does not fit their narrow nationalistic view of what is good and bad, that suit’s the SNP.

I believe that nationalism is very dangerous and is exploited by some evil people and, there is never any room for complacency.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

the aedjt - I voted against the budget, so that's a no.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Anonymous) 25/02/08

There has never been an administration which did not shut something.
What the SNP can’t do is expect to get away with it, you have to justify it and the SNP can’t.

Nor can they justify the other vicious cuts, aimed at the poor and less well off that we are seeing.

ShrekBall said...

So you think the SNP's minor tinkering with a £300m budget is directly equivalent to the mass extermination of jews, gays, communists and others?

If not then you should withdraw the comment. If so then you are truly a despicable man who will never find a position so low he cannot stoop to.

violet said...

Terry,
Disgusting as the SNP are, given the choice I'd live under their rule any day rather than the Nazis. Your remarks comparing them to the Nazis was pretty offensive.

As for cuts what the SNP are doing doesn't sound any worse than what Labour are doing in Glasgow, in particular the politically motivated axing of several projects. To date they've failed to offer any justification for this. They have found the time to write offhand, patronising letters to anyone who has questioned their decisions though.

The only political parties without blood on their hands regarding cuts have never been in power.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(ShrekBall) 26/02/08

There is nothing that I find more contemptible than someone pretending to be outraged.

I am content that if I ever found myself in a ‘low position’ that I would still be looking down at people like you.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(violet) 26/02/08

“Your remarks comparing them to the Nazis was pretty offensive”

The SNP have many people in their ranks and many followers who have over the years proved to be the most offensive people that I have come across in my political life, I can only conclude that you don’t know them.

I have never said that nothing must ever close, I say that we have different attitudes to what is important compared to them.

Change is constant as Leon Trotsky once said and I agree with him.

ShrekBall said...

And yet you have not clarified your position. Do you equate the SNP minor budget alterations with the Holocaust?

If not then withdraw your comment. If so then say so and end your squirming.

It does not matter that you will still be looking down on me. What matters is how seriously you take the industrialised extermination of a race.

Jack McGurk said...

"What matters is how seriously you take the industrialised extermination of a race."

Shrekball, the councillor's rants on Israel and his hatred of the Jew are there for all to see on his blog. We know which side he would have been on during WW2, most definitely selling Jews to the Nazis.

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(Jack McGurk) 08:18

Readers I’m printing this to let you see the kind of people who are out there.

Is it any wonder they feel obliged to hide ?

ShrekBall said...

And still you have not answered my point.

do you equate minor fiddling of a local authority budget with the holocaust?

Cllr Terry Kelly said...

(ShrekBall) 16:42

Are you now really saying that it wasn’t rhetorical ?

ShrekBall said...

What? This question? I never said that it was. This is a central point in determining your character. So I will ask it again...

do you equate minor fiddling of a local authority budget with the holocaust?