Where we are and where we will be

Where we are and where we will be
The idea of Edinburgh is a combination of place, soul and symbolic leadership of a nation

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Do they know the meaning of the word consensus

I have just come out of Policy and Strategy committee with word that the truth about the LibDems is out. They do not tell the truth and their understanding of consensus politics is “do as we say or you don’t count”.

They claimed that their return to the old committee system would mean more transparent decision-making after more cross party debates but today’s farce was the antitheses of that..
We proposed a series of amendments for the Councils submission to the Governments Firm foundations. They were meant as a contribution to the debate and to help shape a paper that was good but we felt could be improved on. We thought that was what the committees were for. That’s what they had told us. But no.

First they said our amendment was too long(!) yet we were offering comment on 9 paragraphs of a 25 page submission. I hadn’t realised that there was word limit on contributions to consensus politics.

Then they said we should have discussed it with them before hand. How is that transparent for the public? Is the return to committees also the return to backroom deals and closed door carve-ups?

Instead they just took the officer line and offered no political leadership. Meanwhile the SNP said nothing, not a dicky bird, about the most important issue our Capital City faces and the Tories said we should build more houses in Dalgety Bay. Welcome to a new political era…aye right!

No comments:

Surgery Times

1st Wed @ Piershill Library, 30 Piershill Terrace.
2nd Wed @ Craigentinny Community Centre, Loaning Rd.
3rd Wed @ Duddingston Primary School, Duddingston Rd.

All 7:15pm -7:45pm

and the last Sat. Lochend YWCA, 198 Restalrig Road South
12noon -1pm

(no appointment needed, all during school terms)
Printed and Published by Ewan Aitken on behalf of the Edinburgh Labour Party, 78 Buccleuch Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9NH