WORK­ING FOR YOU So dis­ap­point­ing to hear about graf­fiti

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Ear­lier this month, I had the priv­i­lege of at­tend­ing the Ar­mistice Day ser­vice in Air­drie.

I was pleased to see so many peo­ple in at­ten­dance, be­cause when you look at the names on the war me­mo­rial and re­alise a great num­ber of them were lit­tle more than boys, it makes you feel how lucky you are – and how much you owe them.

I gather there was also a good turnout in Coat­bridge so, there­fore, it was dis­ap­point­ing and sad – to say the least – to hear about the graf­fiti on the ceno­taph there.

The peo­ple who were re­spon­si­ble should re­alise how much they owe to these brave ser­vice per­son­nel.

As the years go by, there may be dif­fer­ent ways of do­ing these ser­vices; but one thing is for sure, the peo­ple who never re­turned from war can­not – and surely will not – be for­got­ten.

Mean­while, I am ab­so­lutely de­lighted the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s health sec­re­tary has agreed to an in­de­pen­dent re­view into the process re­gard­ing the new Mon­k­lands Hos­pi­tal.

Alex Neil and Neil Gray de­serve all of the credit for this be­cause they were out and about speak­ing to lo­cal peo­ple and get­ting pe­ti­tions signed.

They also spoke up on be­half of Air­drie at the two con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings in the town hall.

As I have pre­vi­ously said, Richard Leonard at­tended one of those meet­ings and never opened his mouth.

The only rea­son he called the de­bate in Holy­rood about the hos­pi­tal was be­cause of the by-elec­tion in Coat­bridge; there­fore, in my opin­ion, play­ing pol­i­tics on a mat­ter he shouldn’t have done.

And to think this is some­thing they al­ways ac­cuse the SNP of do­ing.

Nev­er­the­less, it did prove one thing; that all of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties are against Gartcosh as the lo­ca­tion, so hope­fully that will be the end of that.

A few weeks ago it was a great plea­sure to be in­vited to Vic­to­ria Pri­mary School to see them be­ing pre­sented with the sportscot­land gold award.

Pupils seem to be in­volved in var­i­ous sports at lunch time and af­ter school. At one point we were treated to a mar­tial arts dis­play from one of the pupils.

My con­grat­u­la­tions go to the staff and pupils for all their hard work.

A few weeks ago you may have read some crit­i­cism of the SNP group for not join­ing the bud­get sound­ing board with the Tories and Labour.

We have again de­cided to go our own way, and I have no doubt we will pro­duce an equally good bud­get to last year’s.

We will ob­vi­ously know more af­ter the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment bud­get in De­cem­ber and I have no doubt, de­spite the fi­nan­cial pres­sures they face, they will again come up with a good set­tle­ment.

The peo­ple who were re­spon­si­ble should re­alise how much they owe to these brave ser­vice per­son­nel

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