The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Saturday, 17 November 2007
Arthur Daly would be proud of you John!
I spend much of Thursday and Friday working with colleagues behind the scenes trying to salvage something of the disaster that is the "Dodgy Deal" aka Concordat between the John (Arthur Daly) Swinney and CoSLA. Thankfully we were able to make sure that the final motion agreed by the Leaders meeting recognised that despite the words of Alex Salmond in the parliament, the deal is not agreed until each Council signs up to it. In particular, and here's a phrase I haven't written before, Well done Jenny Dawe for standing up and saying that its only Edinburgh that will decide whats good for Edinburgh and no-one else! Lets hope you have the nerve to stick to your guns in the Council Chamber
The trouble is that part of this "deal" is that if a Council does not sign up to delivering the SNP manifesto pledges, the extra money to freeze council tax is taken away even though the money to freeze Council tax is to do just that and not to deliver other pledges like smaller class sizes more cops, new schools etc etc with NO extra cash. And this is what they call a new relationship with local Government!
All 7:15pm -7:45pm and the last Sat. Lochend YWCA, 198 Restalrig Road South 12noon -1pm (no appointment needed, all during school terms)
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I was elected to the City of Edinburgh Council in 1999. After 7 years of being very heavily involved in Education, I was elected Council Leader in August 2006 and from May 2007 until June 2008 was Labour Group leader when I returned to the backbenches
I am ordained in the Church of Scotland but I don't have a parish. Instead I am the Secretary of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council.
I am an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Glasgow and an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University. I am married with two children, I am a member of the Iona Community and I enjoy sports though mostly as an armchair critic.
I welcome strong opinions strongly expressed, but please don't use this blog if you intend to be abusive or intend to use offensive language. The public conversation that I want to encourage must be based on mutual respect and common courtesy.