The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Saturday, 1 November 2008
some things money just can't buy
I was at a joint 50th birthday party last night for two friends of nearly 30 years standing with whom I once shared a flat as part of a street work project based in a Glasgow housing scheme. Domestic hygiene may not have been in our vocabulary but it was a life changing experience for which I will be forever grateful; as I am for their friendship still strong after almost 3 decades. Such things cannot be bought, but they are for me much more the bedrock of a contented life and have a value way beyond anything the illusory "golden calf' wealth of the market could ever offer. It was a great party and even better friendships.
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.