Sym­pa­thy for the bus row par­ents

Rutherglen Reformer - - Health Matters -

I sym­pa­thise greatly with the par­ents from Half­way af­fected by the pro­posed changes to school bus pro­vi­sion.

But I con­fess I was ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed to see one of our elected mem­bers us­ing the pages of the Re­former to dis­tort her part in the drama for their own ends.

In your edi­tion dated June 3, Coun­cil­lor Chris­tine Deanie states “I did not vote to cut the bus fund­ing, nor did any SNP coun­cil­lor.”

While tech­ni­cally this is true, it is a gross mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what hap­pened.

Coun­cil­lor Deanie, along with her SNP col­leagues, ini­tially re­fused to back the bud­get due to four items, none of which were re­lated to school bus pro­vi­sion.

In the Re­former dated Jan­uary 28, the SNP say the four items were “the re­view of un­der-16s free use pol­icy for clubs, the re­vi­sion of free lets pol­icy in halls, re­mov­ing class sizes of 18 for P1 and P2’s at the 20 schools with the high­est free school meal (FME) up­take and the re­view of ac­cess to an early years teacher for all pre-school chil­dren.”

Not a men­tion of the school buses in sight.

Fast for­ward to the Re­former dated Fe­bru­ary 25 af­ter the SNP voted against the bud­get. Ed­die McAvoy warns the SNP that fail­ure to back the bud­get be­cause of those four items would ef­fec­tively be vot­ing against the en­tire bud­get, to which, we are told, Coun­cil­lor Sheena Ward­haugh replied: “I don’t quite know how to come back on that.”

The story then tells us the SNP only put for­ward a mo­tion to re­ject the en­tire bud­get when they were told their ini­tial mo­tion tak­ing out the four items they did ob­ject too was in­com­pe­tent.

Coun­cil­lor Deanie may have voted against the bud­get, but the good peo­ple of Half­way should be un­der no il­lu­sion that it was very much by de­fault and had noth­ing to do with school buses.

Of course, we should be used to this type of du­plic­ity from the SNP.

Our new MP, Mar­garet Ferrier, last week said she was an­gry that 16 and 17-year-olds, as well as EU na­tion­als, would not get to vote in an EU ref­er­en­dum.

Of course, if it was up to Ms Ferrier, no-one would get a chance to vote in an EU ref­er­en­dum at all. John Maxwell, Ad­dress supplied.

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