Tweet re­flects poorly on new coun­cil leader

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

So­cial me­dia has changed the way the world op­er­ates. It has changed how we di­gest our news and how we con­nect with peo­ple.

It can be a won­der­ful tool to in­ter­act with peo­ple of the same, and dif­fer­ing, opin­ions.

But there comes a re­spon­si­bil­ity when us­ing it, and that ap­plies dou­bly to our elected politi­cians.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil leader, John Ross, has only been in the role a mat­ter of weeks but al­ready finds him­self at the cen­tre of con­tro­versy caused by a tweet he sent last week.

Talk­ing about Jackie Bail­lie MSP, he said: “Awa an bile yer he’d wu­man ye talk pure mince.”

The tweet was im­me­di­ately jumped upon by other users of the web­site. They said it was dis­re­spect­ful, and, in fo­cussing on Ms Bail­lie’s gen­der, sex­ist.

Coun­cil­lor Ross has a re­spon­si­bil­ity, as leader of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, to act in a man­ner that be­fits the role. I hope he would agree that he has fallen short of that on this oc­cas­sion.

You can read our full story on the row on page nine.

There was some good news this week when it was re­vealed Cam­bus­lang Job­cen­tre had been given a re­prieve.

Cam­bus­lang has en­dured more than its fair share of fa­cil­i­ties mov­ing out of town, so it was a re­lief to see the De­part­ment for Work and Pen­sions (DWP) have a change of heart. Credit must go to for­mer MP Mar­garet Fer­rier who cam­paigned strongly to keep the cen­tre open.

The onus now falls on Ger­ard Killen MP to con­tinue to make the case for Cam­bus­lang as the DWP con­tinue to change the way ben­e­fits are ad­min­is­tered. You can read what they all had to say on page four.

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