I suggested in my last post about this school closure that the SNP/Lib.Dems. will bottle it and and play truant at the public meeting.
They are nothing if not predictable when it comes to taking courageous decisions, it is with some satisfaction therefore that I can report to you that at last night’s meeting of the South School's parents and friends, they proved me right, they were conspicuous by their absence. They reverted to type and ran away, “homeward to think again”
Cllrs. Adam and Mitchell SNP and Cllr. McGurk Lib. Dem. all Cllrs. for the ward where the School is located avoided the meeting, they refused to meet the parents, they are cowards. Cllr. Eddie Devine attended as the Labout ward councillor along with several other Labour Cllrs. and Hugh Henry Labour MSP, they reported that the audience were furious at - a) the announced closure proposals and - b) the calculated insult by the SNP/Lib.Dem. Cllrs who didn’t bother to show up.
They were cowering and hiding from the consequences of their betrayal of the children, parents and staff of this outstanding school. It’s easy to take such decisions and posture before your group, the trouble is that the people affected will want to take issue with you, you should then come out from your closed meeting and face them, not to do so is a failure of nerve and a betrayal of the families.
What does this say about the sham proposals for a consultation ? The die is cast if this is the attitude of the administration, it’s “South Primary No More” and the carnage will go on. Some time ago there was a large meeting attended by several hundred in Shortroods to protest at the educational cuts, this meeting was, as they say, the “talk of the steamie” it was not unlike last night’s event only bigger. No one from the SNP or Lib. Dems. attended that one either, when challenged about her non attendance Education Convener Cllr. Cameron commented “I was not invited and, knew nothing about it“ other SNP Lib. Dem. Cllrs. said similar things, the crowd at the meeting alas did not believe them, some quite loudly called them liars !
When the Education Convener does not know that a huge meeting on education cuts is about to take place, despite the dogs in the street knowing as well as constant references in the local press and, in addition does not show at last nights meeting as well, it‘s clear that “something is rotten in the state of the Renfrewshire Education Dept.” The children know it, the teachers know it, the parents know it, the E.I.S. know it and the Labour opposition as well as the general public know it.
I hope that Parents, Teachers, Grand Parents, Uncles and Aunts, Students and everyone concerned about the educational welfare of Renfrewshire’s children will make a point of protesting, write, email, phone, visit the SNP/Lib. Dem. councillor’s surgeries and let them know what your feelings are about the dreadful treatment being meted out to Renfrewshire's Schoolchildren by this inexperienced incompitent SNP administration.
The SNP calls itself “Scotland’s Party” god help us all !