Monthly Archives: February 2011

82: Think No Evil

Labour is unused to (& deeply unhappy about) being out of power North and South of the border, let alone in most Scottish councils. I can see why. But, their only strategy for salvation appears to consist of pouring vitriol on … Continue reading

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83: Bob’s Been Busy

With pressure off after ELC budget-setting on Tuesday, I took a tour of some of the local projects we’ve been funding across the county. Since our Labour opponents in the council and Holyrood both threw their toys so emphatically out … Continue reading

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84: The Coast Line

Relevant though they may be, I am not going to bother you with details how Transport Scotland, Network Rail, SESTrans and various Train Operating Companies interact to organise rail services for East Lothian. Their committees meet out of public sight … Continue reading

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85: Flat Budget

The Flat Earth Society lives. I use them as examples of denying-the-bleeding-obvious. But at East Lothian Council’s meeting to set a ‘flat’ (£210m) budget, our other-worldly Labour opposition deserved a prize—if not a world record—for cognitive dissonance. After Leader Paul … Continue reading

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86: Parliamo Politico I

Let’s Talk Pencil-Pusher: Lesson I—Bob the Builder (First of a series, translating bureaucrat-speak into what it really means for the folk in East Lothian) Ever since Mrs T handbagged councils into selling off homes, our crisis in affordable housing has … Continue reading

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87: Schadenfreude

After a lifetime paying attention to politics and over 17 years activism on behalf of my home town/county/country, I may be de-sensitised to what lengths the Labour party will go to rubbish any opposition. But years of close observation of … Continue reading

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88: Beef Haddington

I am delicate after an evening’s hospitality from East Lothian branch of the National Farmers’ Union. Though blowing a hoolie outside, the 150-strong annual dinner inside the Maitlandfield roared with cameraderie. And, since members apparently lead double lives as prop forwards, … Continue reading

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89: Ane Dreich Blaw

For two days now, Scotland has been thrashed by an Atlantic storm, familiar to all those who have spent any time here. Some simply draw the curtains, make another pot of tea and dream of distant, sun-drenched holidays. That is … Continue reading

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90 Days to Decide

Given the gravity of world events—emotive clashes in Tahrir Square; 5bn tonnes of CO2 exhaled by parched Amazon forests; double-devastation to half of Queensland, as well as the deepest world recession in a generation—it’s perhaps no wonder few know or … Continue reading

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91: Time to Defect…

…to the Federation of Small Businesses? A staunch member of the SNP for 35 years, I’ve never endorsed another’s manifesto. But I find the FSB’s booklet laced with a sense that would lead us out of this economic fankle faster … Continue reading

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