MY TITLE IS BORROWED FROM THE POET STEVIE SMITH.
It might be some time before the SNP faint hearts find the courage to march or appear in Elderslie or Johnstone. They are busy exacting revenge on the people of Johnstone and Elderslie for supporting Labour by closing their two community pools while at the same time rewarding the people of Renfrew by keeping the pool in SNP council leader Derek Mackay’s area open.
This is the politics of spite by some very mean spirited SNP troglodytes, the best attended of the 3 is Johnstone the second best attended is Elderslie and worst attended of the three is Renfrew. The lowest subsidy per swimmer is Johnstone the second lowest subsidy per swimmer is Elderslie and the highest subsidy per swimmer is Renfrew. The Victory Baths in Renfrew are 88 years old and the Johnston and Elderslie pools are approx 35 years old.
Hapless SNP Cllr. Brian Lawson in the PDE states people in Elderslie and Johnstone are not bothered about pool closures because there didn’t seem to be many at public meetings; the night before this letter was printed over 200 angry locals packed in to Johnstone public hall to ridicule that; my old man used to say "when it's raining soup, that's when people like Cllr. Lawson come running out with a fork" The SNP/Lib. Dem. council got slaughtered; meetings of this size were common during the dark Thatcher years now they are back courtesy of the wretched SNP / Lib. Dem. maladministration. Meetings protesting about SNP/Lib. Dem. cuts on Elderly Wardens – Education cuts – and now pool closures have all been packed; the level of public disgust at the administration is growing by the day.
In the document (Renfrewshire Leisure Annual Report & accounts 2007/08) we find the following under FACILITY PERFORMANCE PG. 9 :- 7 facilities are listed with the level of subsidy per visitor; they are as follows The Lagoon £3.72 – Linwood sports centre £3.18 – Johnstone Pool £2.04 – Elderslie Pool £2.71 – Renfrew baths £5.35 – Renfrew Leisure Centre £0.89 – Erskine Pool £3.64 – Erskine Sports Centre ££4.07 – McMaster sports Centre £3.44.
The oldest facility is (guess) Renfrew Baths at 88 years old; that’s 51 years older than the next oldest Johnstone Pool; of the 7 the highest subsidy at £5.35 a head is (guess) also Renfrew Baths while Johnstone Baths are second lowest subsidy per head at £2.04 and Elderslie Pool is the third lowest subsidy per head at £2.71.
Elderslie and Johnstone Pools which are in Labour Wards are to close and Renfrew Pool which is in the ward of (guess) SNP council leader Derek MacKay is to stay open and be repaired yet again. Labour MSP Hugh Henry correctly raised this in his PDE column using the phrase “political spite” is this really the behaviour that people who voted SNP or Liberal Democrat expect and do they actually agree with it? If Renfrew Baths can survive and I agree that they should then surely Johnstone and Elderslie can too. We know that nationalism is a parochial and narrow minded philosophy and here we see where it leads. A good friend of mine Peter Ross wrote a song years ago on the folk scene called “Home Rule for Govan” it finishes with the line “why should we stop at Govan; home rule for Copeland Road” these SNP fools have the same stupid backward opinions, lets hear the shout now Hamish ! more jobs for Scotland as long as those Edinburgh b******s don’t get them.