Sympathy for the bus row parents
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.