Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A letter to Johann Lamont


Dear Ms Lamont,

I am writing regarding the recent council tax cuts imposed on the people of Stirling and the employees of Stirling Council. It appears that the local Labour Party actually opposed their own proposal and united with the Tories. As an employee of Stirling Council and active trade unionist, I am deeply worried about the effects of this on public services and jobs in Stirling. Many schools are now without specialist teachers in the areas of music, art and Gaelic and I fail to see how these cuts will improve this situation.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/political-news/councils-tax-cut-decision-condemned.1330139172

It would appear that the average household in the Stirling area will save only £12 a year. Unfortunately, the impact on pay and conditions, jobs and public services will not be so slight.

As I understand it, Labour has in recent years condemned the council tax freeze as a threat to jobs and services. It makes me wonder how Labour imagine that uniting with the Tories to deliver tax cuts will protect our jobs and services.

http://www.labourhame.com/archives/2467

Lastly, in view of this, do you still expect us to vote Labour this week?

I look forward to your reply.

yours,
Tocasaid

Further reading:
http://newsnetscotland.com/index.php/scottish-economy/4416-threat-to-stirling-council-living-wage-as-labour-tory-pact-blocks-snp-budget

The Tories like Labour's 'manoeuvre' though...
http://www.toryhoose.com/2012/02/in-defence-of-consensus-stirling-council-cuts-tax/

As to the photo above...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17829438

A confused driver has ended up trapping his car on the steps of a Paris metro station, after mistaking it for the entrance to an underground car park.
"There's a sign saying 'Haussmann Parking' right in front... I made a mistake," the driver - identified only as Johan - told the AFP news agency


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Excellent article, mind you don't hold your breath waiting on a meaningful response:)