09.30 am May 1st 2014 and Renfrewshire Council meets for it’s regular cabaret as officers and councillors shuffle in, most rather self consciously because proceedings are now being filmed. Everyone apart from the snp members wondered what the snp stunt or stunts would be this time, snp stunts and disruptions are now firmly back in favour for the cameras, a few of them see themselves as Mel Gibson, it’s only a matter of time before we see them growing bushy beards and painting themselves blue and that includes the men as well.
We did not have long to wait for stunt number one, this took the form of an attempt to move two mythical emergency motions before anything else had started, both were predictably rejected and then came Stunt number two which was a walk out in high dudgeon while displaying synthetic rage, it looked rather similar to the ‘march of the Siamese children’ from The King and I.
This meant that the snp chose their infantile stunt rather than holding the council to account. Items on the agenda which clearly were not important enough for them were things like the request for a council donation for a memorial to steel workers who had been killed at work, plans to commemorate WW1 and support for the armed forces community got binned as well. Dead workers, dead soldiers and soldiers who have problems after serving therefore did not gain any sympathy or even a mention from the snp.
Among the snp motions which they themselves scrapped were how we can better help young carers who sometimes have problems balancing their school attendance and punctuality with their caring duties, and an attack on Labour for supporting a welfare cap, this one was nonsense but we were all looking forward to seeing how they would go about this in the light of the snp leader and first minister alex (del boy) salmond also saying that he supported a cap on welfare, the famous snp Janus face on show again. The creation of more jobs from tourism was also unceremoniously dumped by the snp absconders as well. A couple of spurious emergency motions for the cameras it seems were far more important to the snp than all these other things. This is of course desperate and deplorable behaviour from snp councillors who again showed their contempt for the people of Renfrewshire. Meanwhile Labour as always got on with business which was quicker than usual as there was no snp posturing or disruption to take up our time. Approximately £5,000 was saved of tax payer’s money as well because the snp were not there to extend the meeting with their awful behaviour which cut out about 3 hours which is usually added on as they think nothing of wasting tax payers money to grab themselves publicity. A bad day for the snp and a good day for the Renfrewshire tax payer.