Hypocrisy over leader tweet
I was surprised to see that the editor of the Reformer felt the need to pen an editorial on a non-event Twitter comment from the new leader of South Lanarkshire Council.
An impartial observer might almost think there was an anti-SNP agenda at work.
The most laughable example of the fake outrage surrounding this was comment from our new anti-Corbyn MP, Gerard Killen.
Only recently, his Scottish Labour colleague Monica Lennon, MSP took to Twitter to blatantly lie about comments made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
I don’t recall his outrage (or indeed, that of the Reformer) over that.
The smell of hypocrisy is all over this. David Stevenson via email
The Reformer is non-party political. Our job is to hold those who represent us to account. Monica Lennon MSP does not represent Rutherglen or Cambuslang. Council leader should haveknownbetter Dear editor
It’s very unfortunate to see our new leader of the council making headlines for all the wrong reasons so soon after being elected to the role (Council leader is blasted for tweet, July 12).
I do not use Twitter or Facebook and situations such as the one Mr Ross finds himself in make me wary of ever setting up social media accounts.
It’s said that you need a thick skin to be involved in politics and that is true, but I’d prefer it if our council leader was not suggesting an MSP should go away and boil her head, regardless of whether she is talking mince or not.
My message to Mr Ross is to stick to the day job.
There are plenty things to be getting on with in South Lanarkshire rather than getting caught up in the likes of this. Name and address supplied Wastweetthatbad? Dear editor
In light of the criticism which South Lanarkshire Council leader John Ross has received both in the papers and online, was his tweet really that bad?
I’m sure he wasn’t literally telling Jackie Baillie MSP to go and do what he was suggesting and the phrase “awa and bile yer heid” is Scots slang used every day by folk who are disagreeing with someone else.
A storm in a teacup in my opinion. D McKenzie via email Does anyone have pic of East field school? Dear editor
Several of my family came from Rutherglen, Cambuslang, and Bridgeton to Canada in 1910 and I have a book given to my great-grandmother when she was 12-years-old and a student at Eastfield School.
It was given to her by the school as a prize for “repetition of hymns”, the curriculum sure has changed. She was born in Cambuslang in 1862.
I’m trying to find a photograph of her school as it would have been when she was there and the oldest I can find is at http://www.bmframing.com/product/ cl007-eastfield-public-school/.
Might you suggest what agency or organization I might contact to find out whether this was her school?
I have her history; I’m just hoping to add this to it since I have her book. Bonnie Goodrich-Wilcoxson via email In activity continues torise Dear editor
The continued falls in unemployment are welcome but this single measure should not be used to obscure a wider debate on how our labour market is functioning.
Yes unemployment is falling but inactivity is also rising and now sits at 22.9 per cent, a full percentage point higher than it was at this time last year.
Growth continues to be sluggish and low wages are putting pressure on living standards and encouraging too great a reliance on household debt.
Employment figures also present a mixed picture, with much of the growth being in self-employment and parttime roles.
Insecurity in the labour market continues to grow, and too many workers are now dependant on zero hours contracts and other forms of insecure work.
We need to see a greater focus from government on improving the quality of work whilst stimulating the economy.
We need an immediate end to the public sector pay cap and a significant increase in real wages across the economy.
The Scottish Government must use its tax and borrowing powers to invest in our public services and economic infrastructure.
We desperately need a genuine industrial strategy that recognises the role of unions, building on the fair work framework to drive workplace innovation and the creation of productive, resilient and successful industries. Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) general secretary Parkiscoveredin brokenglass Dear editor
There is broken glass all over Cambuslang Park.
Despite what this article (Reformer, July 12 - Smashed glass cutting dogs’ paws in the park) says - broken glass is not cleaned as soon as it is spotted.
I’m in the park every day and do see the council cleaning, however, they use litter pickers and do not touch smashed glass with those.
There is currently glass at both the cenotaph and Kirkhill entrances that is stopping people using those as ways to enter/leave the park.
There is also a large green bottle smashed in the water with three large spikes sticking straight up that has been there since the weekend and has not been cleared.
I have had to stop my dog playing in the water as I cannot reach this glass to remove it myself and I can’t risk her being injured like the various other dogs.
The place is a mess and there are increasing more people stopping using this park because of it. Robyn Feeney