Category Archives: Peter Strong

To Vote Or Not To Vote

Friends and readers.

Recently the Inverleith Neighbourhood Partnership met which is open to the public, and to that end is of public record. According to a member of the public that attended the meeting a request for money came from the NEN.

At this point the Chair of the meeting in this case Gavin Barrie would we assume ask for declarations of any conflicts of interest, enter at this stage Eddie Thorn and yes our old pal Prada Hinds, Both of whom have direct conflicts of interest as Mr. Thorn is on the NEN board and Mrs. Hinds Husband is also on the board. So simple then neither can vote on this request for cash. Ah not the case. Our old pal Pete Strong we are told advised the chair that they could indeed vote and vote they did, in favour of the cash hand out of course.

Former banker, yes we said banker Mr. Thorn not only has a seat on the board but is also a card carrying member of the Labour Party, good for him. Mr. Thorn is also involved with the Blackhall Community Council, works for the Church of Scotland and has a seat on their board as well, busy boy. We wonder if Mr. Thorn and pal of Lesleys can enlighten us on the generous donations in excess of £50,000 that the NEN allegedly received or was it mana from Heaven.

Our mate Pete gave incorrect information to Councillor Barrie with regards to conflict of interest, and why would he do that, surely he knows the rules but clearly that doesn’t matter when it’s a cooked up deal between pals. We understand from a reliable source that former councillor Stuart McIvor has been pushing for an investigation into the financial running of the NEN and as we understand an Investigation is ongoing.

Once again when Labour get anywhere near anything they twist it round to suit themselves and their in post pals help them out. But Pilton Sucks is back in business and we will hold these individuals to account. We applaud the efforts of Mr. McIvor in his attempt to get to the bottom of this murky business and we offer our support if required The NEN as many people know was a Labour Party broadsheet by any other name and nothing has changed, Pilton Sucks on the other hand is neutral of any political leanings and cannot be bought and will continue to speak out on issues,  bringing to the public attention issues that others would try to hide.

Marionette

Friends and readers.

Let us sit down and stop whatever you are doing be it fiddling the leckie meter,  sweating on your lucky numbers coming up or the dreaded baby sitting. The burning question that must keep you awake at night alongside the screaming children is, who really pulls the strings in North Edinburgh and uses democracy as the strings with which to make us all dance.

Alongside the dog poo, where’s  Cammy when you need him? and the crumbling inept Telford College which is failing our local students with their couldn’t care less attitude regarding students who are struggling with their courses. We were told of a student who was finding it hard to complete his course, what was Telfords input to this, why nothing dear friends other than to let him leave without as so much as a helping hand, and that’s not the only complaint we have received about this excuse for a college, rightly we called Telford College the College of futile education and they are living up to it.

This Community has been made to believe they are the tail end of the pantomime horse, while the favoured few used it as a  stepping stone to enhance themselves.  For a short time we had the smell of change with the Neighbourhood Partnership and local imput where previously the Comrades had screwed it for themselves, and they are at it again. For years nothing except what the comrades wanted got done the rest could go stuff themselves, and now it’s back in all it’s glory led by the puppet master Pete Smiler Strong and no wonder he is smiling. No longer has he to account for his actions other than to his paymasters and their cronies, who are now benefitting from the most ludicrous payouts justified by made up rubbish clothed in the smoke and mirrors of accountability and kid on democracy.

Pilton Sucks won’t let them get away with it and will tell you all what these charlatans are up to in your name. For once the door is bolted, exclusion will quickly follow, and no opposition of course. Don’t ask the NEN for support they are to busy rubbing their hands together this time with engagement money, have you ever heard of such utter rubbish. This Labour propaganda rag should be put finally to sleep and if they wan’t to go to war with Pilton Sucks come ahead, only difference is we will win at no cost to the taxpayer. Where’s the new homes promised, not a sign, where’s the new Health Center promised, not a sign but money to take some stupid bloody doors off the that excuse for a shopping center in Muirhouse and who benefits? no not the locals dear friends but a private company, we asked their representative Bob Calder for a comment but he’s to busy hiding. Now these chancers are using the shity state of the economy to sit with their thumbs up their butts, what a great excuse for doing sweet FA.

If this slide into obscurity is allowed to continue then a return to the bad old days of if it’s not red then it’s dead will return and it’s all to clear the shoots of obscurity are beginning to sprout from the crevices and cracks that are appearing at a quickening rate. Democratic accountability is all but gone and money wasted on the loaves and fishes mentality, none worse than Total Craigroyston which we will speak out on soon, never has so much money been spent on so little for so few.

Yes Pilton Sucks will speak out we will not be threatened or silenced, that was tried before it failed it will fail again. You can run but you cannot hide and the Neighbourhood partnership must be held to account. Pilton Sucks wants answers and we can’t be fooled by a slight of hand to much experience for that old chestnut.

What Price The Environment

Friends and readers.

We have for you a budget so you can get some environmental improvements in your Community and guess what you the punter can even have a say in how this budget is spent. Sounds to good to be true, hey and guess what it is.

Dear friends. In our not so dim and distant past there used to be an action group which went by the Initials NEP or for those without anoraks these Initials stood for Neighbourhood Environmental Projects. Now bear with us while we try and decipher this now defunct action group.

This action group was a great success borne out by the visible improvements around the Community, and then as if by magic or more like Machiavellian manoeuvring it vanished to be replace by FOP or friends of Pete’s who then decided to cut the budget up to suit themselves, hence were this ludicrous £85000 for a private car park in sunny Muirhouse came from bet there was a lot of Community consultation about that hideous waste of public dosh, something tells us that Pete Strong’s mates the comrades are back in town.

This Action group was exactly what the doctor ordered and it actually delivered, now after years of nothing there was at last something. Remember dear friends this is public dosh we are talking about and justifiably there has to be some form of accountability, which indeed there was. So how was this group allowed to go to the wall.

A  source close to what’s going on told Pilton Sucks that once Pete got his mates back in office and on side he could with his masters permission can the group in favour of wider Community consultation, another words grab the cash and spend it on pet projects to shore up the Labour vote. Arise all of a sudden Tennants and Residents of Pilton or the local Labour mob who now find themselves not only getting unwarranted dosh but that of statutory consultee status, happy days.

Slowly but surely The Labour Phoenix is rising from the ashes beside their multi headed Hydra pal Pete Strong. Pete who enjoys the odd comrade fundraiser now doesn’t have to bother his ass about consulting anybody other than his mates, stack any meeting and there you are a built in majority. Aye the old scams are the best ones. Money for the disgraced Nen, Money for a private carpark, votes are a little more costly than they were before.

So with NEP canned PRAG canned and the rest of the action groups sinking fast alongside any real consultation or accountability all but gone what are we in for. Far be it from Pilton Sucks to speculate but you would need to be walking about with your thumb up your ass not to realise we are being shafted all in the name of wider consultation and more democracy.

Friends and readers If Walt Disney productions were looking for a new title for one of their animated fairy story’s then look no further, wider consultation and more democracy that’s an Oscar winner.

Let’s get engaged

Friends and readers.

How much does engagement cost? Strange question perhaps. So let’s see. Recently it came to our notice that the under investigation NEN has applied and received £15,000, yes we too find it hard to believe and for what, yes you guessed Community engagement, whatever that means.

This sum of money was granted by the fast becoming secretive Forth Neighbourhood Partnership lead by the nose by our old mate Pete Strong. It get’s better, we are told that they have applied for a similar amount from the Inverleith Partnership, Let’s hope they are not so stupid. We here at Pilton Sucks are reliably informed that the NEN is under investigation over monies totalling we believe to be in the region of £75,000.

How did this happen, indeed how was it allowed to happen. Can’t sweep this one under the carpet. At this point we must point out that if indeed there is an ongoing investigation it would not be prudent to speculate other than to say if this story sweeping the Community has any basis in fact then action must be taken to clean this up. £75,000 if anywhere near accurate is a scandal which warrants a full scale investigation to uncover where this money went. We have to add that if indeed this is the case then granting more monies was less than sensible.

And while we are at it surely Community engagement is something that the NEN would be experienced at and should not need public money for such a farce. Given It’s political past when it was a slave of the Labour party this indeed shows that if money had to be spent it should have been on education and teach them how to remain neutral in their views. Many people complained to Pilton Sucks in the past about not getting their letters published, and they had the cheek to criticise Pilton Sucks about what we printed yet we receive  no public money.

It’s a strange irony that brings us to this situation. NEN was warned about it’s political leanings but refused to listen, that dear friends was the start of their down fall. The irony is now their pals are back in a coalition they get public money. Strange times we live in.

Back We come

Hello friends and readers.

It’s been a while but we are back to report all that is going on plus the juicy bits.Some of our old friends are here and we have some new ones, lucky us. Our old friend and compulsive sucks reader Lesley prada Hinds is still here, just like an old penny, keeps turning up, and the Chair of everything committee has her sights set on the Leith and North Edinburgh seat currently occupied by another of our old friends and readers Malcolm Chisholm, who we are told on the quite will retire before the next election, allowing the comrades to slug it out for the right to lose the seat at the next election. But dear friends that is a little way off and Prada will have some competition for the upcoming vacancy, so we will watch this one with interest.  It’s where to begin as we are spoilt for choice. We could start with another of our old friends the current Neighbourhood manager and best dressed man in Pilton Peter[fuck democracy]Strong, who with his minions have been slowly dismantling the Neighbourhood partnership in the name of democracy of course and wiping away any accountability possible, but we will hold our enthusiasm for that one till later. We could of course talk about the scandal of the £85,000 for a private car park in Muirhouse but we will contain ourselves for the moment. Our in tray is bulging with goodies and our readers are thirsty for news and we will deliver warts and all. The promised new health center in Muirhouse, or should we say the vanishing new health center in Muirhouse. The Shopping center scandal and the monies wasted, but again we will return to that. And Peter what happened to the proposed scheme to have cctv cameras on the walkways, something we are reliably informed was well supported by the community but was binned, so do we want safety or a private car park, answers on a postcard please.

We have new friends and readers to delight you with and a cast Cecil B DeMille would have died for. Enter the gladiator and peoples pretend friend all bright eyed and bushy tailed Ross McEwan who has been giving us all his vision of an outdoor swimming pool in Granton, yes friends an outdoor swimming pool in Granton and to top it all and send you into fits of laughter it has the priceless name of Granton sur mer ,   you just couldn’t make that up. Our friend Ross has been creeping his way round the Community trying to gather support for this hair brained scheme, and friends he even managed to screw £10,000 from the Lottery fund to have one of these infamous consultation exercises, still waiting with bated breath Ross and we are sure the Lottery people are as well.

Ah so much to say A new community centre to replace the old one down sunny Royston Way,  yes good news and long overdue until you try to get access or a cup of tea, both of which seem to be difficult to do, so we will watch that one also. Just on that point the new Centre is now managed by Lydia[can't stand the punters] Markam, hope we spelt that right let us know Lydia if we didn’t. And let us not forget Spartans who have a brand new purpose built facility up in Pilton Drive and a wonderful facility it is, we just have one question for the moment. This facility has Community Status which of course is the gateway for monies and income streams, why then does the Community only get lip service from this Community Academy. Douglas Samual is the current manager and maybe he has one or two questions to answer along with his pal and Chair Craig Graham, we have an immediate view split the club and the academy and have a Chairperson for the academy and one for the football club, saves confusion and we have the very person in mind.

That’s it for now folks but stay with us and read on. Pilton Sucks is back and not before time.