Ray­mond Burke

Rutherglen Reformer - - Ward 12 : Rutherglen C&N -

Green I work as a pro­fes­sional writer and have been an ac­tive mem­ber of the Scot­tish Greens for over ten years, serv­ing the branch in a va­ri­ety of roles and have both acted at elec­tion agent and stood in coun­cil elec­tions.

For too long, lo­cal pol­i­tics in South La­nark­shire has be­come stale with the turgid tug-of-war be­tween Labour and the SNP. The peo­ple have been let down by bro­ken prom­ises about lo­cal tax re­form and the scourge of PFI.

Con­se­quently, the lack of real ac­tion by the es­tab­lished par­ties does not ex­actly fill us with hope when we are faced with the im­pend­ing threat of is­sues such as frack­ing.

We have an op­por­tu­nity to show how Green poli­cies can re­con­nect com­mu­ni­ties with the politi­cians who are sup­posed to serve them and can help in­vig­o­rate the lo­cal econ­omy by sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses to cre­ate a greener, fairer Scot­land.

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