Fed up with MP’s col­umn

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Deared­i­tor

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

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