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Thursday, 22 November 2007
A day I will never get back
I spent (too) much of the day at the Full Council Meeting, The agenda can be read here.
It lasted a mere 6 1/2 hours which is short for recent times. (when we were in charge 4 hours was long and it was often less).
As well as the main business there were 19 motions for debate. This is where those of us in opposition can raise issues of concern to our constituents and other Edinburgh Citizens who want their voice heard.
The libdem/SNPadministration have taken an odd line on this. Anything that calls for change or progress they respond with a motion saying "no action". This happened at least 7 times out of the 19 motions! Having gagged delegations of parents coming to speak about schools they want now to stop the opposition having their say.
Mind you, I should not be surprised. "No action" has become their motto (see Meadowbank and the Zoo, to name but two examples), although it got a bit farcical when they claimed that a commitment made by one of their number to begin the planning process for the new Portobello School at a public meeting in front of 200 people was denied. Its one thing to call for no action on our motions but its another to agree to something and then not to act.
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.