The above meeting produced an unexpected gem from serial blunderer; the hapless and completely off the wall Cllr. Irene McCartin Libdem Collaborator with the SNP; the Tories and anyone else who will offer her money and a position that she can swank about in; in this case a convenership.
During an argument about empowering people I called the administration’s boasts about bringing power and democracy to the people in the shape of the Local Area committees a fraud and a charade. What happens at these farcical meetings is the public attend as delegates from varied community organisations; a good idea surely? In essence yes but; what happens here is the members of the public come along have their say and that’s it; that’s their lot I’m afraid; all decisions are taken by councillors who are the only ones allowed to vote. No matter how just your cause; how eloquent your argument; how much support your fellow delegates give you, the elected councillors can and do vote against you and you are completely impotent; despite being invited by these charlatans to come along and join in the democratic process. It gets even shoddier; we recently discovered from Council Leader Mackay SNP that the SNP Libdem Cllrs. meet beforehand to decide which items they will ram through, the recently enfranchised and empowered members of the public needless to say don’t get to attend this meeting let alone vote; this is a cynical SNP / Libdem farce. I asked in as pointed a way as I could if one of them could give me any other example of democracy (their word) where people are not allowed to vote but; answer came there none, their attitude to the general public is one of utter disdain.
But; back to big chief McCartin; she launched into an attack on me composed of what she chose to call my lack of understanding of how Democracy works; according to her I “did not understand democracy” I had had my say on this debate and could not come back in but; I can’t let the insult go. Cllr. McCartin comes into the category of someone whom you would never allow to get the better of you; the ignominy would be too much to take so here is my answer.
I find it preposterous and not a little disingenuous to be accused of not understanding how democracy works by someone who’s version of democracy allows her to sit as a member of a ruling administration when her Party won 4 out of 40 seats; her Party came 3 rd. out of 4 and they had the lowest share of the popular vote. She is perfectly cosy shaping the lives of the people of Renfrewshire and taking the money despite her and her Party being absolutely rejected and humiliated at the council election. Her National Party Libdem colleagues are doing exactly the same at Westminster supported by her; more somersaults were done in Westminster today by the Libdem liars than you would see at the Olympic Gymnastics Tournament.
Trotting out the same old excuse as some of her detractors do that she is too dense to grasp politics and is ignorant and arrogant to a huge degree does not cut it; she is an affront to politics and a toe curling embarrassment; if ever anyone deserved a hammering from the voters it is her and her squalid colleagues and; I think it is coming to them; first at Holyrood then at the Local elections; bring it on! Do yourselves a favour; go along to a full Council meeting and see her for yourself; don’t take my word for it; I’m happy for you to make up your own minds or; you could try asking the parents of the children who have lost their school buses or those who are losing their swimming pools; they too have had the experience of dealing with her; suffice to say the money her parents spent on the Swiss Finishing School was a waste.