The blog of Councillor Ewan Aitken, Labour Member for ward 14, Craigentinny/Duddingston, City of Edinburgh Council
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Monday, 22 December 2008
Where will I get my pick and mix now!?
The demise of Woolies is a sad day for the nation, at least in many folks eyes. The chain, famour for its pick and mix sweet selections, played a part in many people's upbringing. In my case I had a job sweeping the floors in Dunfermline'sWoolies for about a year before the chance to play rugby for the school called again. Yet Woolies closure is a classic example of how capitalism has no place for emotional attachments which is why, in the end, it cannot truly meet human need as it suggests. For our humanness, our identity and our sense of belonging all revolves around our emotional attachments, our relationships and our sense of what matters in our memory of who we once were. The market will never meet our human needs, only some of our material ones and even then not always when we actually need them. Woolies death is a parable of why we need to do much more than find a new place to get our pick and mix....
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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.