The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
Where we are and where we will be
The idea of Edinburgh is a combination of place, soul and symbolic leadership of a nation
Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Its worth more than cash
The announcement that 58.000 people don’t have jobs in Edinburgh sounds dramatic until you look at the vacancy figures, which tell you that there are still many more vacancies than those looking for work. Unemployment is still at historically low levels and 50,000 new jobs were created under Labour in the ten years from 1997-2007. Unemployment inCraigmillaris still lower than it was in Morningsidein the early 1990s. Many of these 58,000 folk look after children or elderly relatives or doing voluntary work, all of which all makes a huge contribution to the well being of our city. What is of value in human living cannot always be counted in pounds and pence.
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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.