The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Sunday, 4 November 2007
A walk in the city
Saturday 3rd November
Spent most of the day on the People and Parliament against Trident demo in Edinburgh. Hilary and the kids came too. When we arrived around 11.30am it didn''t seem that great a turnout but just as we set of to the rhythm of a wonderful drumming band whose name I didn't get, people seemed to appear from nowhere and the numbers moved well into 4 figures.
I marched under the banner of the Iona Community as its a theological issue for me. I cannot argue that we should love our enemies and at the same time threaten some with annihilation.
All my political life I have campaigned against nuclear weapons and despite the fact that its now my party in Westminster that is holding on to them, I will continue to campaign. What was tremendous about Saturdays march and rally was the breath of the coalition. Cross party, ecumenical, interfaith, trade unions and so many more. My Party to needs to heed that call. It is a coalition in Scotland that could become a tipping point for other issues.
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.