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Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Feart doesn't even begin to describe them

A few days I ago I suggested that the Libdems were too "feart" to stand up for trams. Well the opposite is true of their SNP coalition "partners" who are only to ready to stand up and slam the tram despite knowing that their populism is inherently destructive for the city.

It is not good enough to stand back and let officials take the heat. This project needs real and visible political leadership otherwise it could still go seriously pear-shaped. On this, as on so very much else, the Libdems are failing the city and in doing so, they are failing the nation. They are just not up to the job.


Anonymous said...

Ewan, I'll say this as politely as i can. I don't know any ordinary edinburgh citizens who want the tram. I voted SNP is the hope that it would stop the tram ...and I am not alone. Of course the SNP didn't deliver. Lib Dems beyond the joke. Labour not listening. Couldn't possibly contemplate the tories. Think I'll just have to give up on voting in local elections

Ewan said...

Anonymous.. I think you are wrong, what people don't want is the problems that installing trams brings, but once they are in, we will won't what we were complaining about.

Why is it that trams are good enough for cities across the world but not Edinburgh, why is it that folk call for increased investment in public transport but not the hassle of getting there, why is it that everyone quotes the great cross modal ticketing systems in Europe that often includes trams but then say they don't want what would be a key part of such a system

This is me being as polite as I can; I understand very much why folk are annoyed at the traffic problem but this is about holding our political nerve, even if it means at this point loosing some of our supporters because this is too important for our city

and now I will get off my soapbox!

thanks for your comment

Anonymous said...

OK, didn't really expect you to say anything different, but thanks for the reply anyway. On a different matter, the illustration you chose for this post is pretty sloppy - why would you automatically associate cowardice with girls?

Ewan said...

Anonymous,I can only say what I believe to be true... but the point about the picture is interesting one. I did think twice before putting it up but decided that it was enough of a colloquialism to be ok.. but maybe not. I accept the critique and will avoid the metaphor in future.

By the way, why do you hide your identity?


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