My mole tells me that there has been heavy lobbying of the Council SNP group by members of the Holyrood group on the new schools issues but all it has produced is increased frustration on both sides.
I’m told that the Holyrood SNP group have demanded that Portobello HS be “de-coupled” from the other wave three schools (wonder how that will go down with the Libdems who have a big stake in James Gillespies and Boroughmuir in their own patch). They have also accused the Libdem leadership of "havering" when they say there is not enough money for new schools. On this one, I am with the Libdems as there is no money for new schools.
Most interesting is the news that members of the SNP Holyrod group were heard to say that if the Council SNP group don’t “get their act together” members the Holyrood group will be come in and “knock heads together”.
All good knock about stuff then... or is it “welcome to the realities of power" where the shallowness of being a one trick party, free of anything resembling politcial principles or philosphy other than "we only do good news" is not a lot of good when it comes to making tough decisions.
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