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Monday, 19 November 2007

The SNP spin out of control

I subbed for Elizabeth Maginnis at Education, Children and Families committee today as she is at her sons wedding. She owes me big time! I had suffer the trauma of listening to the SNP/Libdem administration spin the report that had been commissioned on what we had done previously that on school closures so hard it would have made even Peter Mandelson blush with embarrassment

The report, which can be read here, says without qualification that at no time after 2005 (when the last school closures happened), was a plan of proposals brought to the Labour administration for our agreement nor were officials instructed to draw up any such plan. What the SNP/Libdem motion said was that we had had a list of 10 schools and we had lost our nerve!

The truth was we had a cross party working group (an idea that they are now suggesting is the way forward!) and the only people that lost their nerve was the SNP who, after agreeing their hit list of 22 were taken into a room and given a right kicking by the senior party figures, (Chairman Mao would have been proud), and they backed off. I am told the word from Wee Eck Towers was "we only do good news".

The real good news is that a combination of ourselves, the Greens, the Tories and the Church reps voted their nonsense out, calling instead for the blame game to stop and concern for our kids education to take top priority as it should have done in the first place.

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