To Renfrewshire Council for the full council meeting; valedictory addresses were made for departing lead planning officer Crawford Russell regarded as a “lifer” with the council and a most genial and helpful officer. You knew you were on safe ground when you were taking his advice and he was scrupulously fair in his dealings with everyone; he will be very difficult to replace. The council business goes very smoothly and meetings are better behaved and much quicker now; this is because Labour is in opposition and we are far more reasonable and have better manners than the past SNP opposition who were a howling spitting mob of hooligans; it was a regular occurrence to have the police called in to quieten them down and sometimes eject some of them. The police have not been called in once since Labour became the opposition; make of that what you will; during the 8 years that I was part of the administration I reckon the SNP cost you the tax payer tens of thousands of pounds with their outrageous behaviour disrupting meetings and calling spurious emergency meetings to try to get headlines; a thoroughly obnoxious and disreputable bunch of thugs.
Today there were a couple of items which you might find interesting; on the Glasgow Airport Rail Link the SNP/Lib.Dems. voted down our motion of support for the link; the hapless Cllr. Mackay SNP leader had to sit through the humiliation of having his cowardice thrown in his face when it was pointed out to him that he was first against the link; then for it when Alex (the spiv) Salmond told him he was now for it and; he is now yes; you’ve guessed it against it again because Alex (the spiv) has changed his mind again and when the (wee spiv) changes his mind so does Derek and the rest of the SNP; not one dissenter; again. Derek made the point that although we had lost a £450M project and 1,300 jobs we had gained 2 football pitches that’s it from the council leader the ‘quid pro quo’ for the rail link and 1,300 jobs is 2 football pitches; this man is the council leader honest. Just when you thought the administration could not look any dafter in stepped Cllr. Mc Gurk of the Lib./Dems. an SNP collaborator; getting rather excited she blurted out “I don’t know how the Labour Group can support this rail link; there is no benefit to Renfrewshire from it” lets see Marie;1,300 jobs let’s say £15,000 per annum each; that’s approx. £20M a year going into the Renfrewshire economy which Cllr. McGurk thinks is “no benefit” her party in Holyrood support but; lets get real here what's in it for them if they back their party? she is also running the council; honest she is.
A motion was put forward by the Labour Group which demanded safety improvements on the Erskine Bridge following the recent suicide tragedy of the two young girls; we all thought this would not take two minutes as it will be agreed on but; guess what the SNP/ Lib. Dem. administration opposed it and changed the wording with an amendment. They made some embarrassing excuses for changing the motion which were lies; the reason they changed it was because they had not thought to mention the tragedy and they did not want the council decision to be made by a Labour motion. That is how contemptible the Renfrewshire Council SNP/Lib. Dem. administration is.