Renfrewshire Council, 09.30 am Thursday August 14 - 2014 and a special full council meeting gets underway. Only two items on the agenda. 1/ a council donation to help with medical aide to Gaza and 2/ A proposal for Renfrewshire to sign up to what is called The City Deal. There was also another noteworthy fact associated with this particular day; it was the last full council before the referendum and we saw or rather didn’t see something extraordinary. Among our snp opponents there are some what we used to call ‘bampots’, knuckle dragging types who foam at the mouth when they hear the words England, English or London. They are hairy, unkempt, foul mouthed and prone to violence and the men are just as bad. These people just love a parade or a demonstration and they are always ready to erupt over any slight, real or imagined, the scene therefore was perfectly set for a right rammy, the Labour Group at our usual pre. Council meeting speculated on what would be “today’s snp stunt” as we always do. Flags sneaked in like wee Eck at Wimbledon was my guess, Patriotic singing was the choice of Comrade Alex.Murrin, a walk out suggested Comrade Derek Bibby, Spurious emergency motions which would allow the crazies to mention ‘freedom’ ‘Wallace’ ‘oor Wullie’ and ‘the Saltire’ was the guess of Comrade Roy Glen and at the very least a car park demo thought Comrade Eddie Devine, Council leader comrade Mark Macmillan and deputy leader comrade Mike Holmes observed wearing the kind of benevolent smiles which clearly indicated that they are above this kind of nonsense, "the loneliness of command" "uneasy the head that wears the crown kind of thing eh?.We sat in joyful expectation waiting for the cabaret to start, for the loonies to take over the asylum kind of thing. We waited, and waited, alas nothing happened, in fact such was their indolence that the referendum did not even rate a mention and 3 of their number peculiarly did not bother to show up for the meeting. This can only mean one thing, the Renfrewshire snp have given up on separation, the last meeting before the biggest vote in our lives as they keep calling it and to paraphrase T.S. Elliot “this is how it ends, this is how it ends, not with a bang but with a whimper”.
The 2 items?, both carried, the city deal following a barnstorming speech by Comrade Mark MacMillan which just managed to stop short of fisticuffs but not before the snp tried to thwart the creation of thousands of jobs through the City deal by voting against it. The Gaza donation was granted following a hard hitting passionate speech by Comrade Mike Holmes who knows more about Palestine than Yasser Arafat did. Tory leader Cllr. James Mclaren (he’s the lone Tory) protested against us giving money for medical aid for Gaza, he may well have thought though that Gaza was an injured footballer. All topped off by the wretched Libdem leader Cllr. Eileen McCartin (she’s the lone Libdem ) trying to amend the motion to remove the name Israel as the perpetrators of this terror and replacing it with “other parties”. Some people sit on the fence when a vote is taken about building a hotel or a Golf Club or changing the traffic flow but this woman, devout Catholic that she claims to be sits on the fence when we are voting on the murder of defenceless innocent children killed by War Criminals, may her God forgive her because I certainly won’t.