To Cotton St. for the full council and what turned out to be another brazen display of brass necked duplicity by the SNP / Lib. Dem. administration. Another session of non answers and another show of contempt for the public when they turned down a request for a motion on St. Mirren’s new training ground despite the fact that a sizable number of residents from the training ground area were in attendance. This was similar to the underhand tactic that they used when their decision to cut schools music tuition in half was the subject of a Labour motion. Again the Gallery was full of concerned teachers and parents to hear the reasons for this cut and the SNP led administration moved straight to the vote denying the chance to debate their decision; this is democracy in action SNP style; the Lib. Dem. Cllrs. are no more than spineless bought puppets thinking about their money which is granted them by their SNP paymasters, they are a wretched bunch of chancers.
The new training ground is throwing up problems as most new projects do once they are commissioned and the people of the area want these problems addressed; they have a right to be heard but the SNP denied them that right. Labour will continue to fight to let them be heard. No one in the council is hostile to St. Mirren and I personally was responsible for moving the motion through the planning meeting which gave them permission to sell Love St. I’m sure that they can come to an acceptable compromise if the SNP allow it to happen. At another part of the meeting Cllr. Mackay allowed his inexperience to get the better of him when he lost his temper at Cllr. Sharkey and declared that he had been expelled from another council. Cllr. Sharkey exploded with rage and called Cllr. Mackay a liar at the very top of his voice no less than 3 times; this language can get you expelled from the chamber and reported to the standard commission. SNP Cllr. Adam acting like the school clype asked for Cllr. Sharkey to be disciplined to which Cllr. Sharkey in a brazen act of defiance shouted at Cllr. Adam I called him a liar because he is a liar so that was 4 times. The more experienced among us knew immediately that Cllr. Sharkey would never have reacted like that if he wasn’t on strong ground, in my experience he can blow his top with the best of them but he is always in control.
The matter was resolved by the council leader Cllr. Mackay SNP debasing himself by withdrawing the remark he went eyeball to eyeball with Cllr. Sharkey and the old gunslinger humiliated him; not a good day for the aspiring young politician but in this instance he was playing with one of the big boys, call it a learning curve. I did something similar some time ago when I shouted at Cllr. Nicolson and called him a liar also 3 times I then shouted at him “I’m calling you a liar what are you going to do about it” making it 4 times. Cllr. Nicolson; as treacherous and nasty a politician as you could find; a man consumed with hatred for Labour, like Cllr. Mackay bottled it I never retracted my insult and nothing happened. Mackay? Coward, Nicolson? Coward; SNP? Cowards.
For the first 8 years of my time as a councillor I lost count of the times the SNP opposition complained about the lack of a bus station in Paisley; they brought motions to council and wrote letters and press releases to the local press about it. Today we(Labour) put forward a motion complaining about the lack of action on one of their flag ship policies; Step forward the sage of Hollyrood big Bruce McFee a fearsome bully if you are five or under. He provided the best laugh of the day when he condemned Labour for lack of action and said “in just 2 and a half years we have” when he was interrupted by a shout from Labour Cllrs. “built a bus shelter” was the cry which is what they built in Abercorn St. This brought the place to a shuddering stop as the chamber erupted in laughter McFee was humiliated and quite stunned; like most bullies he can’t abide people laughing at him and the whole chamber enjoyed his discomfort; including some from his own side who couldn’t quite stifle their laughter he has upset more than a few of them as well. Despite not winning a vote this was a good for day for us; we won the arguments but; more importantly the chamber was full of people who were non partisan and a discreet glance at their body language and the looks on their faces repeatedly revealed that they were not enamoured with the SNP their joy at McFee and Mackay’s humiliation was tangible. It was a pleasure to accommodate them and show them their council administration in action, for them though it was unfortunately illuminating and not a little worrying.