Full Council and the meeting was back to it’s old bad tempered ways.
The main issue involving me was an item on the Govt’s proposals for Post Offices. The SNP take the view that none should close, at least they started with that view but, like class sizes and Police numbers it didn’t last long.
The next time you hear any of these disingenuous two faced SNP gnats telling you that no Post Offices should close think about this. At the recent Paisley North Local Area Committee the issue of local closures was on the agenda and the P.O. at Glasgow Airport was marked for closure. The meeting chaired by Cllr. B Lawson SNP and attended by SNP councillors did not say a word about it even when asked by Cllr. Lawson if it should be saved, so that principal of opposition to all closures didn’t last very long, these SNP people are completely untrustworthy.
I made the following point which they predictably struggled to find an answer to. The SNP in Renfrewshire Council have in the past year shut down facilities and cut services such as, Libraries, Housing Offices, Nurseries and Public Conveniences to name just some, the reason ? they are underused said the SNP and have to close. Fast forward to today’s item on Post Offices, 800 P.O.’s get 16 customers a week and 1,600 get 20 a day, the cost to these P.O.’s of a single transaction is £17. are they underused ? well you can decide for yourself but, according to the SNP these P.O.’s should be kept open, by this point Cllr. Mackay the SNP leader was unravelling and his voice was becoming more and more shrill as he tried to defend the indefensible. I’m happy to let these facts speak for themselves this is the SNP in action.
Another motion from Labour produced an unprecedented situation, at least to me it was. No rules govern this but it has always been the case that when a council service such as housing or in this case education is the subject of a motion or an amendment that the convener and deputy convener for that board move and second the item. In this case the SNP amendment was moved and seconded and the rest of the Cllrs. came in with their arguments for and against, then near the end of the debate Cllr. Cameron SNP came in for the first time and made a couple of derogatory remarks designed to insult rather than illuminate, she spoke for less than two minutes along the lines of “youse are wrang and yer aw stupid” everyone has their own style I suppose but here’s the intriguing bit, Cllr. Cameron is the Convener of Education, what can it mean I wonder, probably just the typical inexperienced SNP shambles but you never know do you ? I’ve never seen that before, never, is there a move in the offing I wonder ?
In a debate about travelling people the SNP reached a new low, a motion was put to council and spoken to by Cllr. Nicolson, this was a particularly squalid business even by his own dire standards. He set out to show how tough he could be on travelling people and we became more and more alarmed at his attitude, his hatred was all to plain to see, in this debate Cllr. McFee used the phrase “the final solution” yes you read that right ! and Nicolson, his anger brimming over lost it completely and descended into naked racism when he said “they take what they can get and then clear off back to England and Ireland leaving a mess behind” This is the tartan veil slipping and showing us a glimpse of what nationalism is all about ( hatred of others) and what these guys are really like.
In my own contribution I spoke about the problems which surround travellers and tried to put the issue into perspective I said that the crimes committed by Travellers were classed as low level crime by the police, accepting that they can be a monumental nuisance if you are the victim, also notwithstanding the fact that serious crimes can happen with them and with the rest of the population. I made the point that my house had been burgled 3 times and my car vandalised on numerous occasions as well as 2 cars set alight and burned out, none of this related to travelling people despite their camp being nearby every year.
This seemed to drive Nicolson over the edge as he ranted and raved saying “Cllr. Kelly thinks it’s all right for travellers to set fire to factories “ I called out “that’s a lie” he went on “Cllr. Kelly thinks it’s all right for travellers to drive a forklift truck through a factory wall” again I shouted “that’s a lie” then it was “ Cllr. Kelly thinks it’s all right for travellers to have pit bull dogs menace people” “another lie” I shouted, I then shouted “you are a liar” on he ranted, I then shouted “did you hear what I called you ? what are you going to do about it ? ” on he went, while everyone else stared at the ground.
In all the SNP contributions to this debate revenge and retaliation was the theme, it was left to me and other comrades as well as a dignified intervention from Tory Cllr. Ian Langlands to even mention the possibility of making provision for Travelling people to try to improve the problem, Cllr. Langlands and myself even raised the problem of children among the Travellers who need access to Health Care and Education to the anger of the SNP who wanted blood, children were not their consideration.
This was an unedifying display of foaming hatred by the SNP and quite frankly it was worrying and scary to witness but, it was the real SNP and they are proud of themselves. Is anyone more proud to be Scottish I wonder when you witness this distasteful mob ?