Thursday saw the SNP administration realize further that they have to take responsibility for their actions, particularly the savage cuts in education. Letters, emails, surgery visits, public meetings etc. have reached unprecedented levels all with one purpose, to get the SNP to think again about the harm they are doing to the educational prospects of children in Renfrewshire.
A simple straight forward Labour motion calling on them to stop the education cuts and revisit their budget proposals was even supported by the Tories who supported the budget but can now see the damage being done, this was shamefully voted down by the SNP Lib. Dem. administration. Those people who have children in the education system are being sold out by the SNP they are being betrayed by the party who claim to put Scotland first, they have no shame, they are abandoning Scottish children and damaging their futures.
A contemptible amendment was produced by the SNP which claimed that the unrest was being caused by Labour scaremongering, a calculated insult to those concerned parents involved in this campaign, disgraceful. The spineless Lib. Dems. of course jumped when told by the SNP.
Education convener Cllr. Cameron SNP produced the amendment which started out by praising the rising standards of Renfrewshire's education system and either forgot or deliberately omitted to say that these results were as a result of the previous Labour administration.
This is similar to them posing happily while cutting the ribbons to open new schools which they forget to mention were built by the previous Labour administration, the Scots. word for that is 'sleekit'
Cllr. Hall, (Labour) in a quite devastating intervention pointed out that the amendment referred to £1.1 Million being spent on education and leisure without a single penny going on schools, a lot of angry shouting by now was coming from the direction of the education convener.
I call on everyone who is concerned about the future of Renfrewshire's children to keep the pressure on the SNP/ Lib. Dem. betrayers, they must not be allowed to get away with this.
I have used the term 'Janus faced' before to describe the SNP's underhand ability to look both ways at the same time and we saw it again with the Labour motion on Post Offices moved by me.
The SNP candidate for Paisley North Mags McLaren in the local paper was complaining about Post Office plans and supporting the Royal mail, both according to her were sacrosanct and not to be touched.
The Labour motion called on the SNP/Lib. Dem. council to follow the lead of councils up and down the country by investigating whether councils can save Post Offices by incorporating them into council activities. e.g. Libraries and P.O.'s in same buildings thus saving libraries as well, likewise under threat Housing area offices, also village halls/ community centres etc.
The question put by me was " will you follow other councils and see if we can prevent Post Office closures" ? Their answer was NO ! through an amendment moved by SNP Cllr. Kenny McLaren, yes they are husband and wife, honestly I couldn't make this up, they (the SNP/Lib. Dem's) have also taken the council's mail contract from the Royal Mail and gave it to the private Co. TNT The SNP candidate for Paisley North Ms. McLaren wants your vote ! she really does.