Archive for February, 2015
Ed Balls was in Edinburgh yesterday and together with Mr Hi Jumpy AKA Jim Smugurphy visited an engineering factory in Glasgow. The visit was mainly notable for its absence of anything of note, and as such was a perfect metaphor for the Labour party in Scotland. I’ve never been entirely clear why politicians visit factories, it’s just one of the traditional things that they do. It’s the only traditional thing that they have left when out on the campaign trail, now that they can’t kiss babies in case they get mistaken for a 1970s BBC radio presenter.
Perhaps Jim and Ed, who’d changed his surname to Baws in an effort to blend in with the Glaswegian ambience, were visiting the factory in order to see what real jobs looked like since neither of them have ever had a proper job outside politics. Ed Baws wants to be the next chancellor…
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Today we have learned that Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw have been caught in a wee sting suggesting that they will accept payment for access to high Government, well blow me over.
Nothing new in this story at all. If you steal a bottle of water in a street disturbance you can expect to receive six months in jail, if you steal billions in tax payers money and avoid paying tax you can expect a knighthood. If you make a mistake or are overpaid in your tax credits, you can expect to be chased by debt agencies, but if you are suspected to have abused children while serving at Westminster you will be allowed to die peacefully while the accusations are never fully investigated, and the Police are too busy chasing down 500ml bottle water thieves.
If you have an extra bedroom in your home, and receive housing benefit, you…
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I cannot stand local politics, there, I’ve said it out loud. I need the council to empty my bins and keep the street clean and well lit and free of potholes. I also need the council for the education facilities that my Daughter uses.
But I really don’t think I need an extra layer of politics to run these services.
Some Councillors are very good at what they do, they can get help to an elderly resident that wouldn’t normally be budgeted for, however, many have a day job and with the best will in the world that will take precedence over their council duties.
Then there’s the committees…. there’s the licencing committee, the planning committee and so on and so on. Given that in many councils these committees aren’t fully staffed with Councillors then the decision making may be left to the very person that has some kind of…
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