Hmmm.. what will be coming? Because….
With Andrew Burns and Steve Cardownie together we have the brand new “BurnDownie” Partnership in Coalition. For sure they will need a bit of watching over. Over the next week or so we will be adding some information not yet widely known about some of our newly elected councillors; Walker, Day, Bridgeman, Cairns etc etc. Some of it will take new readers into our archives to highlight how there are still many unanswered questions from those still in power and of course, any f*ck-ups which emerge over the week will be covered.
Luckily, we still have some of our former co-conspirators still on board who will be providing their insights and information together with some new volunteers. Oh what a happy time it will be.
Just to keep up-to-date, below you will find a nice email, from a detail-orientated constituent, the new leader of the council found on his desk upon arrival in the ivory towers at the Chambers:
Dear Mr Burns,
May I be among the first to congratulate you on your party’s success in the Edinburgh Council Elections. I’m sure you’ll be glad to know I’m still here, observing.
I’ll wager that, when Labour were so justifiably booted out of office in May 2007, you consoled yourself with the thought that the electorate would come to our senses, you’d waltz back in 4 (5, as it turned out, our masters thinking we were too stupid to cope with 2 different elections on the same day) years time to find everything in the City golden – Princes Street a Retail Nirvana, packed TramCars gliding silently (under invisible wires) from the Airport to New-Jerusalem-on Sea, Newhaven and round by the Roseburn – Granton Loop; the Royal Infirmary line and extension to Sheriffhall well under way, a grateful populace clamouring for more lines; The Dear Leader Anderson, MSP, as Enterprise, or maybe Transport, Minister at Holyrood under First Minister Iain Gray, money no object to your Grandiose Plans – what was that phrase Andrew Holmes let you blunder into on that infamous Christmas Card? “CLEAN GREEN AND POLLUTION FREE !! (photo of a 1954 Tram breakdown, if you remember!)
Even in your most fevered nightmares, you couldn’t have imagined what a toxic swamp Jenny Dawe’s Lb-Dem bien-pensant ragbag of idiots would leave for you to come back to! The City not only more skint than you and Anderson had left it but some £1.3BILLION in debt; YOUR TramCar Vanity still mired down with roadwork mayhem still raging and contractual disputes about to re-erupt, Alex Salmond and Swinney not only sticking to “NOT A PENNY MORE” but maintaining a council-tax freeze, a major corruption investigation in full swing at City Development, the Education estate in meltdown, Binmen (sorry – Waste Management Operatives) in ugly mood, genial & obliging Old Uncle Tom Aitchison now in comfortable retirement on a Chief Exec’s pension many an African despot would envy; his replacement a power-hungry MBA with ambitious henchmen, all with fearsome reputations for not suffering semi-educated cooncillors gladly. Mr Bean Holmes has retired to rural Perthshire where his reputation in matters transportational will be taken with a very large pinch Du Sel by even the Community Cooncil; your TIE placemen disbanded in disgrace, your old Leader Anderson now reinvented himself as some kind of spin-doctor in the hated private sector.
And now YOU’RE now all set to be anointed ‘Leader Burns’ – with a rehabilitated ‘Nolanite’ in the camp, Cardownie leading the Enemy Charge and no less than 6 Eco-Mentalist loose cannons to challenge your own ‘Green Credentials’ – Ah, the loneliness of Command!