Whilst some mothers were demonstrating this week at Greengables Nursery during the visit of Alex Salmond the council leader, Jenny “the dawg” Dawe was there in her offical position to take the credit for anything good and then scream “the bad boys did it and ran away” if there is anything bad. Little did she know that the small, but perfectly formed vocal group of mothers would be there to lobby the First Minister about the Dawg’s plans with her underlings to close 87.5% of creche places in the city without one word of listening from her or her administration.
Our leader who said in her February Leaders Report - “This Council places a high priority on engaging with its communities” went behind the community’s back to slam the city with the 87.5% creche closures with absolutely zero consultation – nice one.
When the mothers were at the First Minister’s national announcement on early years investment they were shocked when our council leader went over to speak to them and prefaced any remarks by saying “I am only talking to you because the first minister told me to.” What a Twatette! She will not speak to her constituents about a matter which concerns them until she gets the instruction from Alex Salmond. We at EdSucks will remember this statement when the next election comes up and we urge Edinburghers to start their letters, emails and phone calls to the administration with the words “I know that Alex Salmond hasn’t yet asked you to address this point yet, but…………………..” We also welcome opposition councillors (equally twattish) to preface their questions in meetings with the same phrase. We at EdSucks think that it should actually become the catchphrase for Fib/Dem politicians. “Fib Dems – We take oor orders fae Wee Eck.”
Although the parents high profile media campaign seeing them on Reporting Scotland, STV, Newsnight, GMTV and various print media have managed to struggle to keep four creches open, there is still work to do. Info into EdSucks shows that it was SNP Councillor for Portobello/Craigmillar, Mike “Gorby” Bridgman, who came up with the plan to save the four, one in the North, South, East and West. Of course the major question Gorby didn’t bring up was how come it costs Edinburgh Leisure, with their new costing strategy, almost twice as much to supply a creche than other profitable businesses who don’t have the luxury of not paying VAT and getting huge multi-million pound handouts from the City Council. The answer here is obvious – get rid of Edinburgh Leisure management, scrap their quarter million pound success celebration in April and bring in people to run the city’s leisure activities to the same standard as private profit-making businesses.