10 months into the SNP/L.D. administration and something unprecedented has happened, no I'm not talking about the savage cuts to services which effect the most vulnerable in our society, but it's linked to that.
Through the door the other day came a newspaper which was designed to look like it was officially sanctioned by the council which showed on closer examination that it wasn't.
It was from the SNP administration telling us what wonderful people they were, as an exercise in duplicity, even by SNP standards it was very revealing, a) for what it said and b) for what it didn't say.
New council offices were trumpeted, as were new schools, residential homes, a new health centre etc. what it didn't say of course was that these things were Labour achievements which the SNP got to open.
In a quite brazen display of cant and hypocrisy they posed and smiled at the opening ceremonies and claimed the credit, compounding the felony was the fact that they opposed every one of these innovations when in opposition. In the west of Scotland and in Renfrewshire there is a term for this kind of behaviour it's called displaying "a brass neck"
This newspaper carried the most extravagant claims and boasts by the SNP which had folk thinking that it wasn't Renfrewshire they were referring to at all, it was 4 legs good (SNP) and 2 legs bad (Labour) as Orwell put it, one of the most dishonest pieces of crude propaganda I have seen.
What made it so utterly mendacious was of course the things they never said, no mention of closed Nurseries, Libraries, Housing Offices, Homeless Facilities, £4.5 million Education Cuts meaning cuts in Supported Study, Less Teachers, Education Support Projects, Community Computer Learning, Charges to Elderly Facilities like Day Centres, Cuts to Warden Services to Elderly Accommodation, Sports Facilities etc, etc, I doubt if people are being fooled.
It's another example of underhand behaviour from a party who are already finding that their inexperience and incompetence have them out of their depth, they are under severe criticism from the people of Renfrewshire for what they didn't tell them at the election i.e. savage cuts, and they have started to panic as this paper shows.
I estimate that it cost them thousands of pounds partly because they didn't have any SNP activists so they paid a firm to deliver it so they must have come up 'Trumps' to find the money !