The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Elvis is still in the building licking stamps
Tuesday 6th November
Today the Lib Dems failed Edinburgh. I gave them the opportunity in a motion to the Policy and Resources Committee to lead an all party delegation to ask John Swinney just how he was going to decided what Edinburgh was going to get from is £70m, what criteria he was going to use and more importantly how him deciding what edinburgh needed was more democratic than those of us elected by the citizens of Edinburgh how their money is spent.
Instead I was told “we don’t need to do this because we have written him a letter”. Like that is going to have him quaking in his nationalist boots. They have used this excuse for inaction so often now that I think their theme tune is “I sent a letter to the postman” Trouble is that John Swinney will do what the song says and send it right back. this is the time for collective action. Its tragic really. Local Democracy is under attack and the Lib Dems are too busy licking stamps to lead the defence.
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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.