Council leader Mackay SNP recently made a complete hash of presenting figures relating to cuts in teaching jobs; his figures were a shambles and he was obliged to revisit them on several occasions resulting in the blame being laid at the door of some poor anonymous secretary who allegedly made a mistake. He desperately wriggled around trying to justify the loss of 122 teaching jobs using figures which were changeable and replaceable, various versions were used until they found the figures they wanted; still; you learn from your mistakes right ? well; in the case of the numerically challenged and hapless council leader it would appear not. Here we are a couple of weeks later and he has just issued another set of figures straight out of the “I Didilum & Co. Accountancy Manual”
Cllr. Mackay and the SNP/Lib. Dem. administration have quite rightly been slaughtered by everyone over the cuts in education, almost £9 million in fewer than two years, a shameful figure and one which he finds impossible to justify. The Council Leader has consistently claimed that education was protected proportionately better than any other council departments; this is serious stuff right? following the last debacle you would think would you not that robust measures would be put in place to avoid any more embarrassing accounting blunders? Well you would be wrong, he has quite unbelievably got this wrong as well.
Here are his latest spurious figures, put together to baffle people and allow him and the administration to wriggle away from the responsibility for their horrendous treatment of education in Renfrewshire.
Education savings (cuts) = 1.8%, proportionately less than all other Departments ? WRONG! THE FIGURE is 1.4% NOT 1.8%
Education has been protected with the 1.8% savings (cuts) proportionately below all other departments. STILL WRONG! THE FIGURE IS 1.4% NOT 1.8%. They can't even get it right when the truth is more favourable to them, this is serial incompetence, the Marx Brothers are now running Renfrewshire Council.
Once again Convener of Education Cllr. Cameron is conspicuous by her absence here; Derek has relegated her to the bench a few times like this when he reckons that a matter is so serious; that only his mighty intellect can deal with it. Can she possibly be any worse than him ? can anyone ? if I were her I would be asking for a transfer, he is humiliating her.
Wrong, and Wrong again Derek, back to the abacus and the dunce’s cap for you, an examination of Renfrewshire Council’s own figures show the following.
These figures clearly show that no less than 5 Depts. Were better treated than education, education was not as Cllr. Mackay says the best treated. Making a hash of the figures once is unfortunate doing it twice and so close together looks like it could be disingenuous.
The cuts of nearly £9 million in less than 2 years is the reason for the cuts in teacher numbers, making Renfrewshire the worst place in Scotland for pupil/teacher ratios in secondary schools and 2nd. worst for primaries as well as causing the poorest morale among educational workers in living memory. Well done Cllr. Derek Mackay; Education Convener Cllr. Cameron and the SNP, well done Eileen McCartin and the Lib. Dems. Have you no shame, no sense of decency?
Following Cllr. Mackay, Cllr. cameron and the Ed. Dept. last wretched venture in to statistics someone rather unkindly suggested that they were now obliged to remove their shoes and socks when counting past ten, I think it was meant as a joke then; but now! despite the shambolic dissaray of the teacher numbers you would expect a bit more rigour surely, If I was that typist who got stitched up the last time I would keep my shop steward close for a while.
Are you ;like me wondering if SNP Conveners/Leaders ever resign?