Thank you people of Renfrewshire; the bitter darkness caused by the malcontents of the SNP/Libdems who ran the coalition from hell in Renfrewshire Council is lifting. Once again we can use words like courtesy, honesty and dignity when talking about Renfrewshire Council, the rodents have left the sinking ship. Those cheering loudest are the poorest and most vulnerable who have been targeted by the SNP/Libdems for their vicious cruel cuts, a case of bullies attacking the weakest.
The Leisure Centre doubled nicely as the place to have the count it provided no hiding place for those who were wringing their hands and scowling like extras in a Hammer Horror Movie. Most conspicuous was the great bogus Christian impostor the Libdem Leader Cllr. Eileen McCartin, the meanest most repellent woman I have ever met and by far the least Christian. Following years of bragging and outright nastiness which corroded whatever goodness she might have ever had when she "nursed her wrath to keep it warm" she would by then have terrified Cruella De Ville. This was followed by 5 years of cringing self publicity through positions as Deputy Council Leader and Convener of Social Work (the greatest mismatch ever known) She has now been joyously brought crashing down by the people of Renfrewshire. The pinch faced "kent yer faither" backward hidebound SNP have embarrassed us enough and they got what they deserved as well "the boot" and good riddance to them. I was taught as a cradle Catholic (like McCartin) that God would punish bad people so thank you Lord.
Congratulations to the labour Party strategists who did the planning and number crunching, we ran 22 candidates and won 22 seats and took back control of Renfrewshire Council from the barbarians who had been in control for the past 5 bleak depressing years. It has been a terrible experience for Renfrewshire and a warning as to what can happen when you elect a crowd of single issue zealots backed by Libdem shakedown artists who are on the make and on the take, believing in nothing, standing for less and skulking around with their grubby hands out.
There is only one thing better than beating someone at an election and that is when you have right and justice on your side and when the people you beat are a bunch of unconscionable self serving bullies like the SNP and the Libdems –
WELL DONE LABOUR GO TO IT.
***I have been accused by ex Liberal Democrat Cllrs. Dillon and McDonald as well as serving Liberal Democrat Cllr. McCartin of making slanderous remarks against them in this article and they have demanded an explanation and an apology. I have sent an explanation and an apology to ex Cllr. McDonald who wrote to me on behalf of herself and her two colleagues, this has been rejected by them and I am now writing this addition to the article to explain my position.
The Liberal Democrats referred to in this article are those who formed the Coalition Government with the Tories that is now causing so much pain and distress to the most vulnerable members of our communities, not Mr.Dillon, Ms. McDonald and Ms. McCartin. My language describing those Liberal democrats who joined the Tories in Westminster reflects my anger, shared obviously by the electorate and many of their members including notably one of the three Cllr. Dillon who reacted at the time by resigning from the party. Having been made aware of their reaction to the article I eventually looked carefully at it again and following several re-reads concluded that in all fairness I could and should have made this clearer at the time. It simply did not occur to me that they would think I was referring to them when such events In Westminster were decimating their parties support, I was asked for an explanation of my remarks and this is what I did, and I do it again here. The bruising encounter with the electorate which caused such pain to the Liberal Democrats was not the fault of the Liberal Democrats in Renfrewshire it was the fault of their Party leaders and that was who I was referring to.
I then decided to do the right but difficult thing and apologised as requested for this misunderstanding and any distress caused by it. In my 14 years serving on the council I have never accused any Liberal Democrat Councillor indeed any other councillor of any financial impropriety, my disagreements with them are honest and many but I do not consider them to be dishonest. My position remains the same and that is that my apology is genuine and still stands.