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Sunday, 29 June 2008
A run for life with a difference...
I was privileged yesterday morning to be invited to be at the start of a huge undertaking by two of my constituents, Robert (Rab) Henderson and Karen Young.
Rab is running and Karen is cycling to Stevenage to raise awareness about drink driving. Rab's brother who lived in Stevenage, was killed by a driver under the influence in January and this run is his way, along with Karen, or trying to say out loud: "No, this shouldn't happen and we need as a society to say that it is just unacceptable.
Personally, I would sign up to a "no drink at all if you are driving" law instead of the fudged issue we now have. Driving a car whilst drunk is to have a lethal weapon in your hands that you can't control and we as a society should be brave enough to say that's unacceptable.
Rab will be running the equivalent of around a marathon a day for 16 days. He's on the staff at at Castlebrae High and he's clearly got his message home there as a lively group of pupils turned up to support him. Lets hope many more listen as he and Karen wend their way across the country.
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.