I sat in Paisley town hall 2 weeks ago and looked around me at the vast crowd of angry people, every seat taken and approx. 500 locked outside as the campaign to overthrow Renfrewshire SNP/libdem plans to remove primary teachers and replace them with sessional workers reached a crescendo. The final nail in the coffin of these irresponsible ruthless proposals took place yesterday at a full council meeting when the SNP/Libdem plan to make Primary School cuts was scrapped. Parents looked on with dignified satisfaction as the SNP led coalition ate the humble pie which has been heading in their direction for a couple of months, these parents will never trust them again. Come the election will parents be saying "wasn't it nice of those SNP/Libdem politicians to listen to us" or will they be saying something like this "vote for them SNP/Libdems ! you are kidding, remember what they tried to do with our children's education, let's make sure they don't get the chance to do something like that again" my money's on the latter version. The SNP/Libdem coalition was quite simply humiliated by the power of the parent/teacher campaign, one which I was proud to support along with the rest of my Labour Colleagues.
The SNP/Libdem coalition demonstrated how to lose badly and without any dignity as they snarled and scowled their way through the proceedings and the parents cherished it. Mackay made an unctuous speech where he tried to claim credit for "listening" to the parents, rather late I'm afraid. I can't find a single person who does not agree that this decision was taken because the parents forced them to back down. That and a cynical deceitful attempt to limit the damage to Mackay's Holyrood electoral chances, a good example of a politician on the make showing rat like cunning but, the people are not that daft, they can see through a cellophane politician like Mackay anytime. Education Convener SNP Cllr. Cameron continues to believe that hostile stares and growling at people are good debating tools, a chance to hear what these parents actually think of her behaviour would quickly disavow her of that fantasy. Her conduct and her ugly, lurid late night comments on the internet have brought complete shame on her
The figure of gruesome mirth that is Libdem leader Eileen McCartin however has no serious political ambitions and she was as conceited and tactless as ever as she remained defiant and let the parents and everyone know that she stood by the proposals. The parents, teachers, unions, educational experts, Head Teachers, members of the public, the Labour group, the Tory group, council officers who admitted it was wrong and "uncle Tom Cobley n all" We are all incapable of understanding like her; if only we had her clarity of vision, her superior intelligence we would see what she sees, that it is a good idea. This bizarre woman is running for Holyrood, I think this will be her 8th. or 9th. attempt at a Parliamentary election so the people of Renfrewshire will have yet another chance to recognise the talent, the ability, the charm, the indefatigability of the woman who is Eileen McCartin she could finish up on Strictly Come Dancing, a kind of Scottish Ann Widdicome if you will; without the brains of course.
Has anyone ever; like me wondered about the Libdem selection procedure for Parliamentary candidates? The SNP are pretty ghastly and quite pathetic as we see the same candidates (all serial losers) cropping up at each election Doig, Adam, Lawson, ex cllr. and real SNP man 'Old Bill Martin' etc. recycled has beens all of them but none of them can hold a candle to the Queen of the losers Eileen McCartin. she must be closing in on the record for most electoral gubbings held by Screaming Lord Sutch of the Monster Raving Loony Party. The fact is there is no bigger monster and no raving loony who can match her. Her automatic candidacy begs the question who else is a member of the Libdems in Renfrewshire? If there are any others has it never occurred to them that she has never been a credible candidate and has been a figure of ridicule for years? Oh and did you know that she is the deputy leader of Renfrewshire Council, honestly she is, check it for yourselves. What must the calibre of members in the Libdems be like? The mind boggles; no one is better than her! Can that possibly be true? Or as we all suspect is she really that scary?