The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Thursday, 18 December 2008
10 hours of my life that I will never get back again
Tomorrow, or actually later today I face yet another 10 hours or more of a full council meeting dominated by the incompetence of the SNP/Libdem. 11 delegations, the good news of a new school lost in a badly articulated argument about the site, an astonishing u turn on school meals, anger over cuts to community groups and an over unnecessary stubborn refusal to consider providing more time home care shows the complete lack of political leadership and an astonishing ability to make even good stories into bad ones. I know I stood for election and so I can expect no sympathy but I do expect to be loosing the will to live before mid-day....!
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.