24 06 10 - 09:25 A.M. The Full council is about to start and I am abruptly confronted by the object of my last post Cllr. Eileen McCartin leader of the Libdems on the council. She hands me a photo copy of my post about her with a scribbled comment paraphrased from Hamlet; presumably to impress me with her education; she is far too late with that I can assure you. She then later on started to speak about the post in a most uneasy way; uncomfortable because she; yes Eileen McCartin of all people was actually trying to look for sympathy, accusing me of libel; telling lies and abuse; none of which had anything to do with the issue being discussed, a clear exploitation of the meeting and so very typical of her. She even accused me of disparaging her dead parents! There is no way I could know that her parents were dead so I can only conclude that she thinks so much of them that she is quite happy to exploit the fact that they are deceased to get at me; not something I would do nor most of you I’ll wager but I suppose it takes all kinds; it rather vindicates my picture of her in my last post, later in the meeting she made a rather pompous contribution where she mentioned 'Libdem principles' honestly; I couldn't help remembering the great great quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson about a fraudulent dinner guest,which I now paraphrase "The louder she talked of her dignity, the faster we counted our spoons"
Cllr. Mackay not for the first time tried to charge us with misogyny in relation to McCartin and called on the Labour Group to be better behaved; to anyone who has witnessed the conduct of the SNP over the years this goes well beyond chutzpah. Asking for sympathy for McCartin is like saying Mrs. Thatcher was really quite nice you just didn’t look hard enough for her gentle side; Mackay and the SNP were famous for having to be removed by the Police; something that has never happened to any Labour Cllr. In my memory.
We moved a motion to scrap parking charges at the RAH and despite the SNP candidate at the Last General Election Ms. McLaren promising to campaign for their abolition and Nicola Sturgeon saying the SNP would scrap them they voted us down and supported an amendment to let the NHS deal with it on their own; they washed their hands of it. Then came the charade over the alleged Privatisation of Council houses; the SNP /Libdem position here was that despite agreeing to ballot for a transfer in Ferguslie Park and the SNP decision to transfer to a Social Landlord in West Dumbartonshire they were not privatising council Housing but if Labour did it we were Privatising Council Houses. Housing Convener Brian Lawson who should know better said that the Ferguslie Park proposed Transfer did not count because it was only 500 houses truthfully that was his position.
I asked how the Libdems could defend the Libdem/Tory budget and Eilenn McCartin came in and spoke unintelligible gobbledygook without actually trying to defend it at all. No one in the administration was able to explain how the Libdems could be in coalition with the Tories in Westminster and with the SNP here when the SNP were opposed to Osborne’s Budget; strange bedfellows indeed. At one point the young Tory Cllr. For Linwood Cllr. Clews objected to being called a Tory; he insisted on being called the “Conservative and Unionist Party” and claiming that they have not been the Tories since Disraeli’s time; I could not get back in but; I was itching to tell him that the great “One Nation Tory” Disraeli would not touch today’s C.U.P. or Tory Party whichever you prefer with a barge pole.
The meeting ended in high farce when we once again discussed school busses with parents present; the item was kept to the last intentionally to sicken them and get them to leave but they stayed; the angry parents were subjected to a pretentious diatribe from Council Leader Mackay who caused a sharp intake of breath by again telling them that getting a child to school was the responsibility of parents and not the council something which dates back to horses and carts and not fast cars and lorries; a display of self-importance and disdain.
And finally back to big Chief McCartin and if she thought that she had been harshly treated on my blog there was a parent there who rapidly corrected that suggestion. This woman rose after being told to keep quiet and started to leave; changed her mind and marched back and let McCartin have it with both barrels. She was magnificent in her wrath and she called Eileen McCartin all sorts she made the wounding allegation against devout Catholic McCartin that she was making it harder for her to provide her child with a catholic education because of the bus cuts. Provost Lawson shouted that she would have her thrown out and the woman looked at her with cold fury and said “go ahead” Council Bouncers Drew and John approached the woman tentatively and she said to them “what are you going to do manhandle me; are you going to throw me out” John and Drew wisely backed off and everyone said “well what now”? we said “Gaun yersell missus” or words to that effect and she left triumphantly still directing her anger at the abject McCartin and Mackay. She reminded me of a line from an old folk song where an angry mother remonstrates with the army over her injured son “were you deaf or were you blind when you harmed a hair of a child of mine”
The Tories or the C.U.P. have now sided with Labour on the school busses; I thought you would like to know that, I tell you these busses will be running along the road to Damascus.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
THE LIBDEMS, THE SNP, THE TORIES OR C.U.P. THE FIESTY MOTHER AND BLUNDERWOMAN McCARTIN.
Posted by Cllr Terry Kelly at Thursday, June 24, 2010
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Get your pals in Holyrood to change the qualifying distance for schools.
Make it the law that all children should be bussed to school.
Let me know when the Labour group in Holyrood get round to it.
Funny the SNP locally have always held McCartin and her fellow councillors in contemt. So for them to try and deny it now would not surprise me after all the backstabbing, perjury and lies that they did against their own fellow councillors that has led them to have hardly any members in Renfrewshire who would trust them.
I remember when I used to attend council meetings how McCartin plus the other useless one McGurk and the female councillor for Ralston, who is no longer there and whose name I forget, used to sit cuddled together as if they were on University Challenge, not knowing what was going on half the time, and waffling a lot of rot when she spoke.
They were known as the dog dirt councillors as everything else was way above their heads.
The trouble is Derek MacKay thinks he is Tony Blair now when he is on a par with Counciller McCartin - he is another one who waffles a lot of mince!
Cllr. Mackay now sits where he is because Cllr. McCartin allowed herself to be bought by him, bought by money and office; that tells you all you need to know about her and her kind.
It has to be excruciating for him considering his and his SNP group's treatment of her when they were in opposition; no one treated her with more contempt than him; McFee; Mitchell etc.
McCartin has never had any shame or dignity and she shows herself up every day by pretending to like her previous tormentors. You have to be shallow to a degree unknown to the rest of us to indulge in similar behaviour to McCartin and the Libdems.
This has nothing to do with Holyrood much as you would like to pretend that it has; it would be good for you to move the spotlight away from the wretched SNP/Libdem Administration in Renfrewshire right?
Council officers brought forward year after year this same proposal to cut the school busses and year after year Labour when in power refused to consider it; these unfortunately for you and the SNP/Libdems are the facts; and here is another one for you, we; (Labour) will reinstate the busses when we are re-elected; how does that grab you?
Another empty promise then.
You might need coalition partners and as you have ruled out the lib Dems you are left with the Tories.
"angry mother remonstrates with the army over her injured son “were you deaf or were you blind when harmed a hair of a child of mine”
Perhaps you you should sing this wee song to those in the Labour Party who needlessly sent so many young men to their death in Iraq.
Not quite on the same scale as cutting a few buses.
This is my last try to get you to understand please try hard. I do not speak for the Labour Party on my blog.
The Scottish electorate have just given their verdict on Labour and it was rather dismal for you and your mob. The reckoning is coming.
do your constituents know how long you spend on this blog,churning outall these nasty spiteful comments? i am sure they would rather you were out making a difference in your ward. Are you not ashamed after all your time in office most of it in administration that Ferguslie Park is still the 2nd most deprived area in Scotland? Even when labour had the opportunity to make a difference (in power in UK, Scotland and Renfrewshire)they couldn't!! So instead of criticising everyone else perhaps you should take time to look at your own values and what you stand for.
I have made and do make a difference in my ward; that’s why I have been elected 3 times and I don’t actually spend a great deal of time on the blog; this answer e.g. will take approx. 3 mns. If you could be more challenging then I might have to spend longer.
What difference have you made,pray tell ?????
I have made a difference and I continue to do so; I could give you an extensive list but modesty forbids; I’m happy to let the voters decide whether I’m a good councillor or not.
dont need an extensive list one or two would do!!!! as the old saying goes you could put a monkey in a labour rosette and sadly in Ferguslie Park they would probably get in. so you getting reelected doesnt mean anything.You are happy to keep people down just think if their life improved they might see just what you are all about. So come on tell us what you have done to improve Ferguslie Park ??????
Monkey = red rosette = Labour councillor
A not very original insult to the electorate who are not as daft as you like to portraythem; why don’t you stand for election then? we will see then what the voters make of you.
The people of Ferguslie Park are not daft much as you would like others to believe that; why don’t you stand against me on a slogan of Ferguslie People are daft because they vote Labour? Put your money where your big tough talking mouth is; any chance of that?
Go and have a look at the place and compare it with what it was years ago; there are many improvements which I; in my own modest way helped with.
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