The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Tuesday, 10 June 2008
Seize the day......
I walked into the office today and was immediately asked "any regrets?"!
The answer was a resounding no. I am sorry that the group has to go through an election but well handled, (and it will be), it can and will be turned into an opportunity for saying where next for the group.
I expect that there will be a contest. That will be good for the Labour group and for the Party. Who makes up the contestants, well that is for others to say, but a contest is what we need.
We have come out of the first year of opposition having made some serious inroads into the coalition which has even less direction or ability to make decisions that it did when it started, if that were possible, but we need to do much more than expose their incompetence, easy as that is.
We need to continue with the journey back to our roots and also continue to lay out a vision for the city as that is something that is clearly outside the SNP/Libdems administrations skill set.
There is no such thing as a "good time" for theses things to happen. There is simply an opportunity to be grasped or otherwise. I have grasped mine. I am confident that the Group will grasp theirs and the City will be better for it.
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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.