Thursday, 5 November 2009
The hypocrisy of Willie Bain
Just been watching the Politics Show on STV. Willie Bain, the Labour candidate in the by-election really bothers me when he sits there with a wee smile on his face, agreeing that the constituency of Glasgow North East has some of the worst health and educational records, in other words, some of the worst luck, in the country. Apparently though, he lives here and cares deeply about all these things and wants to do something about the problems. So why hasn't he? He's Secretary of the Labour Party in the constituency, worked closely with Michael Martin and Paul Martin, the "dynamic" father and son duo who seem pretty satisfied with their track records (even if nobody else is), indeed his party has been in charge there for SEVENTY FOUR YEARS. So why does he SUDDENLY want to do something about it? If he cared that much he'd have spoken out before now. As secretary of Labour, Willie Bain colluded in the complacency that resulted in people here having to put up with higher rates of drug and alcohol addiction and deaths, higher rates of heart disease, lower life expectancy, lower numbers of people leaving school with qualifications etc etc. Where have they been? Where has Willie Bain been? He's been HERE in the constituency, going to his Labour Party meetings, telling folk to keep voting Labour, knowing that Labour was doing next to nothing for the people. Is he even aware of his bare faced cheek or does he actually believe any of the guff he comes out with? And will my fellow voters fall for it? Time will tell. We've a week to go. He has achieved one thing tonight mind you. He's doubled my resolve to get out and work hard to secure the election of David Kerr, the SNP's candidate. It's about time this area had someone who cares as deeply as he does. Here's hoping.