Friends and readers.
Very soon you the mug punter voter will be asked to decide who runs your local services. We certainly don’t want corrupt officials running the show so who is best placed to ensure the correct decisions are made for the citizens and not in the interest of a small group of crooked individuals.
That dear friends is the question which you must ponder over as you step into the polling booth to cast your votes. Sucks has a neutral stance but we are sure that the way Edinburgh has been run is not the way to go forward. We have already said that arms length companies must be brought to account starting with the Capital City Partnership. We have also stated that the preferred contractor list has to be scrapped as it has been a disaster, and clearly been abused.
All senior officials should be made to reapply for their jobs and held to account for some of the financial disasters and mis-management that we the citizens have had to endure over the years. We don’t see any of the party’s or candidates advocating this so we must assume that these policy statements we make are not on the agenda for any new administration, big mistake.
Sucks believes that this City and it’s hard pressed citizens have been the victims of a huge confidence trick perpetrated by several senior officials, some of whom have now left the scene of their crimes, on the citizens of this City. Pilton Sucks has for a long time spoken out against corruption but till now it has fallen on deaf ears. There is an opportunity at this election to end the disaster of coalition which has resulted in millions of pounds wasted, and elect a majority administration which is accountable to the citizens.
Its clear that the largest group in the Council the Labour group couldn’t run a bath never mind a City and have presided over financial meltdown. Their coalition partners the SNP barely spoke up but their time may be near to form an administration on their own, or at least on their own terms.
This election is crucially important and you have to vote to allow proper leadership for the City and put an end to rule by stealth from corrupt officials. The real problem or certainly a big factor is the inexperience of some elected members who listen to officials and take their word as gospel, that has to stop, elected members need to behave as leaders not sheep following behind what ever some over paid official tells them. Get a second opinion from elsewhere, don’t let the agenda be left in their hands, the history of this City shows clearly that elected members get the runaround from officials who have their own agenda as priority.
End the corrupt practice of preferred contractors, call in the arms length companies and demand to know what they are doing for the City. End the practice of paying millions of pounds to so called consultants, why if these jokers are needed do we employ senior officials at sky high salaries, if they can’t do the job get rid of them and get people who can, because clearly the taxpayer is being conned and lied to. This City has been the subject of a report which outlined why it was the most corrupt City in the Country, and what needed to be done, let’s clean up the place and sweep out the fat cat over earners who do little or nothing to enhance the City.
Do not be afraid to call out those who would try and swindle the City, stop officials having any contact with contractors who do work for the City. Who for instance was responsible for the disastrous School builds which put children and staff in danger, which corrupt officials were involved in that and how deep was their nose in the trough. Why doesn’t the public know what’s going on and who is to blame for this disaster. Who signed the contracts for the construction of the Tram fiasco the biggest rip off and con in Edinburgh’s history, Hardie clearly doesn’t have a clue but will no doubt present his invoice when this nonsense inquiry eventually comes to an end. The new administration should show the public they mean business and demand to know who done what and who screwed the City and get these incompetents and crooks to answer for their fuck up and proceed with criminal charges if necessary.
Will we get any of that or none of that and just more of the same. We have had to suffer 5 years of Labour incompetence, supported by the SNP who must have had their teeth gritted at times but failed to hold Labour to account. The best way would have been to break the coalition and let people see that Labour were shit and incompetent. The polls show that people have lost faith in Labour the party of middle class wannabees, who wouldn’t know a working person if they seen one, they are a disgrace to the memory of what the Labour Party was and still should be, they are shameful and hypocrites who have undermined the very people they say they are so desperate to represent, tossers the lot of them.
We don’t want the fuckin Tories they will just do quicker what Labour have started, sell everything off to any bidder as long as it’s their pals and fuck the needy, poor, elderly and the homeless. Don’t vote for them your City will be sold off and you with it. The Lib-Dems are washed up, no ideas no clue about anything and just hoping to pick up disaffected voters from elsewhere. Labour are fucked and they know it, blame everybody but themselves and have a clutches at straws policy about everything, no wonder some of them are leaving the sinking ship that they holed in the first place. What a bunch of useless fuckers.
So what to do on May 4th. Yes you will have a multiple choice, but choose wisely, choose in the best interests of the City, choose who you feel will run the City and hold officials to account. Will the Tories do that, unlikely they will be to busy trying to sell everything that moves, will Labour do a good job, more chance of winning the lottery, but at least Prada Hinds is leaving the sinking ship to board another one and scuttle that as well, forget Labour as we said they couldn’t run a bath. The Greens, opportunists but then who isn’t. The Lib-Dems, well the first coalition between them and the SNP was reasonably progressive and the neighbourhood partnerships came out of that which did good work, but along came Labour and cocked that up as well now it’s the old pals act, at it’s worst in the Neighbourhood Partnership which Pete[formerly the perm]Strong manages, something drastic needs to happen there, as it’s now become a joke.
So that dear friends leaves the good old SNP who struck a shit deal with Labour in the latest coalition, but were stuck with it and it just hasn’t worked, so this time they will be going for no doubt an outright win and they have a chance as long as they keep their eyes on the ball and don’t get distracted by talk of yet another referendum, this election is about dog shit and bins so get on with it.
On a Personal note from Sucks we are losing our best character who has kept us in stories and laughs for a long time, but we are sure that Prada Hinds will pop up somewhere and Sucks will be right there with her. Can she be replaced, Prada is an impossible act to follow, but there is a little potential emerging depending on how the results turn out. We think that the one to look out for who has potential to follow Prada but certainly not to her high level is Alison Tricky Dickie who got humped at the Scottish Elections for Holyrood but has managed to wangle herself in as a Council candidate up at the South Side of the City, no end to some peoples greed. So that’s our tip for a new star in the Sucks cosmos, but there could be more. Here’s hoping.
But remember dear friends of that old moto which the City Council hold so dear
WE DON’T CARE AND YOU DON’T MATTER.