Here is another example of incompetence from the Renfrewshire Council SNP led administration; these people need both hands to find their own a***s; honestly they do. Last Thursday Dec. 3 Rd. 09 the Paisley Daily Express carried an article which would have brought great comfort to the ‘Save our swimming pools’ campaigners from Johnstone and Elderslie. The article reported that council officers and councillors were considering a change of mind over their plans to demolish Johnstone Swimming Pool; the campaigners had taken advice from an expert who had come up with a plan to knock down the pool and replace it with a new one on the same spot. This is great news for the campaigners who have run a great protest against SNP plans; Elderslie folk would have taken great heart from the story as well and it will strengthen their resolve as they battle to save their own pool.
Most significantly the SNP councillor who has demonstrated the greatest opposition to the campaigners Bruce McFee was quoted as saying “I have seen the plans and I liked what I saw” considering his past attitude and outright contempt for the objectors this is the equivalent of finding out that the road to Damascus runs through Johnstone Town Centre and SNP councillor
McFee has been walking on it.
Make no mistake about it the SNP’s Cllr. McFee is not a man who changes his mind easily; the most persuasive argument will not suffice. Only one thing works with this man and that is fear; in this case fear of losing his council seat because of the campaign which has been run; self preservation is his game and he knows the feelings of the voters would be reflected at the ballot box. He’s not the kind of ‘braveheart’ to risk that no matter how much he believed in the council’s original plan; the metaphorical drowning rat has found a lifebelt; even if the original plan to close the pool goes ahead he is already working on his survival with the cowards defence of “it wisnae me I supported yer plan, it wis the big bully Mackay”
The PDE article and McFee’s apparent volt-face conversely raises a strange contradiction between him and his own leader Cllr. Derek Mackay who in that day’s Glasgow Evening Times in a strongly worded letter attacks PDE journalist Derek Parker for his criticism of the council decision to close the pools. He puts forward the case for closure in a most robust way; he even throws in the old chestnut about the pools being outdated and underused despite the fact that the oldest and least used pool in Renfrewshire; the Victory Baths in Renfrew is to be upgraded and kept open; guess who is the councillor for the ward where the Victory Baths are? oh yes he is! Cllr. Derek Mackay SNP leader of the council; for it is he. SNP Cllr. Mackay is delighted to have the pool in his ward saved; nice one eh?
Is Cllr. McFee having a go at his leader or is he doing what comes naturally to him; protecting himself; avoiding the blame? “uneasy the head that wears the crown” Derek. Having McFee at your back doesn’t bear thinking about. What are the people of Johnstone and Elderslie to think? Which of the flower pot men knows what they are doing? Bruce or Derek or is it as many people now suspect neither of them.
These people are running Renfrewshire Council; honest they are it's no joke! Bill and Ben would be more competent.