It is normal practice that after an election the incoming council is given time to settle in as its new, inexperienced councillors are given some time to learn the ropes.
This would be the decent and respectful thing to do.
The recent barrage of abuse aimed at the newly-elected SNP councillors on not being able to pay back-pay to some of our lowest paid women is beneath contempt.
Of course the women should have been paid. This should have been dealt with years ago.
However, the new councillors sought advice from a number of internal and external bodies and they were told that any decision to pay money after the cut-off date in March would be illegal.
The councillors and their officials are legally barred from making these payments. To make an ex-gratia (without basis) payment now would also be against the law.
It is astonishing then that our Labour MSP Jackie Baillie is encouraging the councillors to break the law.
Why didn’t the Labour Party resolve the issue during the five years when they were in power and before?
And why didn’t she criticise her councillors for remaining moribund on the issue?
If blaming others who are just in the job for the blunders made over many years by them is the standard of opposition then it isn’t surprising the Labour Party were booted out by the electorate.
And I’m afraid clearing the mess they made will keep the new administration fully occupied for a long time. James McCormack, Dumbuck Crescent, Dumbarton