Fed up with MP’s column
I have been a regular reader of the Rutherglen Reformer for many, many years but myself and lots of other people I know are considering to stop buying it.
My reason, like so many others, is that we are totally fed up with Margaret Ferrier’s column.
Take this week’s edition for example (April 5). She is continually allowed to preach her SNP views week after week after week.
Surely she should be using her column to speak for everyone in her constituency instead of ramming her personal views down our throats.
I find it disgraceful that she’s allowed to do this. I didn’t know the Rutherglen Reformer was a SNP paper.
Surely your paper is meant to be impartial?
A very fed up reader via email Editor’s note: The Reformer does not support any political party. Our Commons Comment column has been running for a number of years. Ultimately, the author of this piece is decided by the voters of Rutherglen and Hamilton West.
Congrats to Cat
I would like to congratulate my good friend Catriona Gibson on winning the Best Daytime Show award for her Camglen Radio show ‘Cat’s Cream’.
It is so well deserved for a great presenter on a fantastic local radio station. Well done to all the volunteers who keep the radio station going every day of the week. Dorothy Connor Rutherglen
SNP attack was sad I was disappointed, if not entirely surprised, that the SNP opted
for negative attacks against Labour in last week’s Rutherglen Reformer.
It was a far cry from the speeches given at a small ceremony held to mark the contribution of retiring councillors in South Lanarkshire last month.
One after another, SNP councillors spoke of the achievements of South Lanarkshire Council as they rightly paid tribute to the open and fair handed leadership of Eddie McAvoy, who despite not winning overall control of the council at the last election, went on to deliver every single manifesto commitment made to the people of South Lanarkshire.
The retiring SNP councillors know that was achieved thanks to Councillor McAvoy and the Labour team’s ability to get things done.
To put aside differences of opinion and make progress for the people who have given their vote and their trust.
That was, and remains, Labour’s first priority.
The Tories want to distract you with the constitution in the hope that you’ll forget about their relentless cuts and ignore their despicable rape clause.
The SNP are measuring the leader’s office for curtains and arguing over who will get to be the next provost.
Meanwhile, in this local election, it is South Lanarkshire Labour who are fighting for local services and will not take a single vote for granted.
We are not arrogant enough to assume the electorate will hand an overall majority to one single party.
We are pounding the streets taking our positive vision to doorsteps across Rutherglen and Cambuslang and we want to make one thing very clear: we will not be complacent.
We will keep working to earn your support and, whichever way you vote, we will never compromise on our commitments to you and your family. Gerard Killen Labour candidate for Rutherglen Central and North
Mystified at letter
I was somewhat mystified by Stuart Gallacher, Labour candidate’s letter about the online activity of my fellow SNP candidates, and his claims of our “obsession with the constitution”.
Even a cursory glance at the campaign literature of our local SNP candidates reveals not one mention of an independence referendum, but instead our vision for a council which listens to and works with local people.
Of course we must face constitutional issues over the next few years – but they are not of our own making.
The situation is the fault of the rightwing Tory UK Government, intent on hurtling towards a damaging, hard Brexit, aided by an acquiescent Labour party in Westminster.
Our campaign social media pages are an accurate reflection of our campaign priorities; to get out and about to talk to as many local people as possible, and to listen to their hopes for the area.
It is very disappointing that instead Mr Gallacher seems to focus on future constitutional issues as a key priority in these local government elections.
In his letter, he mentions not one local priority for the area he seeks to represent.
Our election priorities are clear; to hold developers to account and ensure there is sufficient infrastructure to support our ever-expanding town, to encourage investment to regenerate our main streets and protect the environment, to support community organisations and schools, and to empower the community by devolving council budget for locally decided priorities.
These local priorities are at the heart of our vision for South Lanarkshire, and at the heart of our campaign.
The SNP will stand up for our communities; it seems Labour will keep obsessing about the constitution. Katy Louden SNP candidate for Cambuslang East
Rape clause disgusting
Last week any family which has a third or subsequent child born after April 2017 will not qualify for Child Tax Credits, this will also apply to families claiming Universal Credit for the first time after April 2017, unless the mother can prove the child was conceived as a result of rape or from a controlling relationship.
The UK already has one of the lowest rape conviction rates in Europe.
‘Support for a child conceived without your consent, including rape or while you were in a coercive or controlling relationship form.’
You would be forgiven for thinking the above eight-page form was the work of a North Korean or communist China Government. It’s the work of the UK Tory Government, its their ‘rape clause’.
The applicant has to sign the declaration - I believe the nonconsensual conception exemption applies to my child. Then print your child’s name. Cambuslang and Rutherglen residents should hear the views of Tory council candidates and the reason why they agree with their other Tory colleagues that a cruel and medieval rape clause is acceptable?
I live in the Cambuslang West Ward and I’d most definitely be interested in Ann Le Blond’s comments. EA Callaghan via email