Education was supposed to be the First Minister’s top priority, but her report card for the state of our schools and our children’s education is in the “must do better” category. Too many of them can’t read or write or count when they leave school. And what’s cutting funds to libraries all about? Education? Then there’s the Environment, which she promised to protect. Nicola is swanning around in Edinburgh with the likes of the Prince William, the Duke of Buccleuch and other prominent members of the establishment handing out cash hand over fist to other rich land owners. Her “look the other way” Quangoland policies could soon impact disastrously on Loch Lomond with Flamingoland at Balloch while local government with the likes of Jonathan “maybes aye, maybe no'” McColl running it is a basket case. West Dunbartonshire needs to get the SNP out come the council elections in May 2022. Nicola has done nothing for the Save Loch Lomond campaign except posing for selfies and pretending she is supporting it. Don’t hang about. Start the campaign to put some decent councillors who believe in democracy and not just filling their own boots into power at meetings in the Burgh Hall in Church Street and the Town Hall in Clydebank.
I note that Ed Sheeran and Elton John were promoting sausage rolls while broadcasting their Christmas song on television over Christmas.
I like a nice, hot sausage roll and enjoyed one every day when I had lunch at my desk at my old office in Dumbarton High Street. I am also partial to a Belgian bun with icing and a cherry on top.
I had to get up early this morning for appointments with the practice nurse at the health centre and my optician in the town centre. The years are catching up on me.
So, I took the opportunity to give myself a treat and bought some rolls and buns from Greggs excellent shop in the High Street.
Like so many families at this time of year, our bread bin at home was empty after the holidays, so I asked for a loaf.
I couldn’t believe it when the nice lady behind the counter told me they didn’t sell bread there.
No bread in a baker’s shop sounds like a pub with no beer or a garage without petrol.
However, the lady kindly directed me to a neighbouring shop where there was bread aplenty.
I might just try one of those Belgian buns though before I have coffee and toast for my breakfast.
Well, the snow didn’t last long this morning Maybe that’s just as well since there was no sign of the Council out gritting the roads and pavements.
Old folk going into the health centre found the car park like a skating rink and it was the same for people walking in the HIgh Street and town centre. The new walkway along the Levenside to the new flats was impassable when the tide came over the wall at the Quay.
Maybe the Council have stopped paying bonuses to the officers who used to be paid large sums to make a phone call from their sofas to turn out the gritters, a practice which may or may not not have ceased, although the curmudgeonly Council communicators refuse to tell us.
Their ban and boycott of The Democrat continues into 2022 when the electorate will have an opportunity to vote for a more commonsensical administration in May.
Bring it on, I say.