The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Thursday, 15 May 2008
A great day for Scotland's Capital City
The trams contract has final been signed. Brilliant! Well done to everyone who was involved. This is a great result for Edinburgh and eventually for Scotland.
Of course, those traders who are struggling right now because of the works may not feel so elated and I respect and am very sympathetic to their plight. The support for them needs to be robust and effective and not always just about straight cash, though that will help a great deal.
We led this process from the front when we were in power, taking the challenges on the chin. My concern is that now its TIE (our implementation company) that are being expected to lead, to face the traders, to front the process at its most difficult time whilst administration politicians have been conspicuous by their absence. The thing is, they don't like to tough part of leadership, only the nice, popular bits.
But a project as big as this needs political leadership though the tough times to the prize. We know we won't get that from the SNP, who intended to cancel trams to pay for the scrapped tolls on the Forth bridge, (where is the cash for that mistake coming from now?). Lets hope sometime soon we get some leadership from the other half our the administration.
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.