Edinburgh Labour Councillor for the Pentland Hills ward.
Convenor of Health, Social Care & Housing and Labour Group Deputy Leader.
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Busy day of meetings today. Finance and Resources Committee this morning, Audit Cttee business meeting at 3pm, followed by a visit to the "Data Room" to study the background papers behind the ABM debate due to take place at Thursday's full Council and the usual pre Council Labour Group meeting tonight.
The most surreal experience of the day though has to be this morning's F&R Cttee. Having made a complete hash of what should have been a straight forward report regarding meetings arrangements with the Council's trades unions (as and when necessary I might have thought ?) the Convenor then ruled that it wasn't competent for the Committee to discuss the request for a report into how the Council should deal with companies who may have a track record of not fully complying with their Corporation Tax obligations. Not competent ? To call for a report on the matter ? However, we then went on to spend 20 minutes or so debating what message should be written inside the Council's Christmas card ; "Merry Christmas" or "Seasons Greetings". We abstained, in despair.