Hypocrisy over leader tweet

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Dear editor

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

Editor’s note:

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

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