It's Thursday evening 7pm May 1St. 08 and the streets outside the Mossvale Church Hall in Shortroods in my ward are witnessing a strange invasion, cars, not the usual Shortroods cars though.
These were cars of a more expensive variety, big cars with fancy names and flashy designs, what could it mean ? and so many of them.
The church hall had been booked for a public meeting by the Renfrewshire Schools Parent Councils to discuss the devastation being wrought on our school pupils by the actions of Renfrewshire Council's SNP/Lib. Dem. administration.
What would the reformer Knox have made of them ? this inexperienced incompetent bunch announced a reduction of £4.5 Million in education spending at their budget, we are now seeing the effects, these are cuts, savage draconian cuts which will damage children, teachers, schools and families across Renfrewshire, hence the exotic cars in Shortroods, the parents, pupils and teachers were not amused.
Young people are preparing for one of the most important times of their lives, 'the highers' these exams will shape their futures, that's how important they are. Consider the fear and worry therefore when the kids and families start to realise that these cuts mean them, it's their lives, their futures we are talking about.
When the curriculum is chopped, when supported study is cut, when class room behaviour projects are closed etc. these children and their families will pay the price.
The EIS warn of the following - larger class sizes, fewer subject choices, less specialist support, social exclusion instead of inclusion, fewer books and pencils, five or six fewer teachers next year in Renfrewshire,the undermining of any aspiration for improvement, less choice in Advanced Highers, teachers threatened with disciplinary action for speaking about these cuts, that last one is a beauty isn't it ?
The meeting was packed and I personally spoke to doctors, lawyers, university professors, teachers, engineers, architects etc. who are incensed at what is happening.
Nicola Sturgeon accuses Labour of scaremongering and I am left to wonder if this crowd at the meeting were there because they were 'scare mongered' a pathetic reaction, let her face these people and see what their feelings are, can you guess who were not at the meeting ?
From education convener Cllr. Cameron SNP down to every Cllr. in Renfrewshire Council, invitations were sent and the only Cllrs. to show face were Labour.
We opposed this at the budget and we will continue to oppose it, I urge everyone who cares about the future of young people in Renfrewshire to write to Cllrs. MP's, and MSP's about this scandal, visit the surgeries of SNP, Lib. Dem. and Tory Cllrs. yes the Tories are in it up to their necks as you would expect.
This is the real face of the Nationalists and the £4.5 Million has just been scraped, there is a lot more to come.