Election Posts

Review of Contract Wastage

Ramps, are the most important thing a disabled person can have, and one of the most important things that a

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I told you so! Versaflo the crap

At the start of the pandemic I put forward the position that rather than wasting money on disposable PPE, the

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Labour can’t deliver the promises in their

I had the unfortunate experience of coming across Labours leaflet today, and I am amazed at how stupid it actually

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Scottish Lib Dems confirm Alliance with Tories

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has said his party would favour an “alliance” with the Tories rather than see the

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You what? Tories threaten Scottish Voters with

There are times in politics when I just shake my head, and this is one of these times. I've been

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Solar Revenues for Council Owned Power

With the demolition of feed-in-tariffs by the UK Government (a scheme that paid homeowners to export extra energy from renewables

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Planning Permission: Heat it with a candle.

There's one way which councils could help assist with the cost of energy bills in the long-term, although this particular

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Valleyfield Medical Practice

The situation at Valleyfield surgery has gotten seriously out of control. I don't just say that as a mere outside

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Fix the bins

We have all experienced continuing failures with bin collections of late, for which the council keeps giving an excuse of

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Patently dishonest labour claim – Councils have

There is nothing that annoys me more than politicians claiming that councils can do things that they can't in order

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I’m going to start as I mean to go on, by giving it to you straight. I’m not going to add fluff or spin to a situation this serious. What I am going to do is give you the cold hard facts so you are in the know – and then try to mitigate it. 

I firmly believe that there is nothing more important for democracy than a well informed public, and unlike parties I don’t intend to treat you like children. I believe that when the public is given a full story and is fully informed about the situation, they can contribute to fixing the problem. 

The politicians may stand at your door with a large smile and assure you that if you just vote for them, everything is “going to be OK”. That’s a lie. 

The conglomeration of Brexit combined with the war in Ukraine and the pandemic mean that we’re about to enter a period like we’ve not seen since the winter of discontent almost 50 years ago; and it’s going to make the 2008 recession look like a picnic by comparison. 

As the cost-of-living crisis bites, overall revenues from taxation across the board are going to plummet and the axe is going to fall on the services you depend on the most. 

It’s a sad situation but we all know how it works in times of crisis. Funding will circle outward from the seat of power, locally that’s Glenrothes. Parties will ultimately make funding choices based on high density population centres and, of course, where the most votes are to gain.

In most elections the choice has been either one party or another, incumbent, or second largest party, but that won’t work in the coming years. 

The West Fife and Coastal Villages are not considered to be one of those areas which will be a priority for the major parties, but you pay your taxes just like everyone else and deserve the same level of service as higher density areas.

That’s why I have chosen to stand as an independent. I’ve chosen to stand as an independent voice, free of party whips and party politics, free from party lines and with only one guiding principle, a simple question. Will this policy benefit the people of West Fife & Coastal Villages? If it does, it will get my support. If it will hurt the ward, then it doesn’t.

By all means, vote for your party, but I am asking you to vote for me “1” (first) and then for the party you would normally choose, because what the West Fife & Coastal Villages need is someone in their corner not incumbered by party politics.  

 

General Political News

Tories Conflate Rule Breaking with Lying about

As someone who actually looks after someone with a serious disability, and who is immunocompromised, my tolerance threshold for breaking

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DWP had the ability to transfer legacy

Throughout the pandemic, 2 million legacy benefit claimants were denied the COVID uplift of £20 which was given to Universal

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Political News: Tory Council Candidate Arrested after

A candidate standing for election to Aberdeenshire Council has been charged in connection with a disturbance in a village. It

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Political News: Imran Ahmad Khan expelled from

Today it has been announced that the Conservative party has expelled Ahmad Khan from the party after his conviction for

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My Letter to the Commissioner for Ethical

Today I wrote to the Commissioner for Ethical standards with respect to Douglas Ross's comments in the press that voting

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It’s not naive to expect a little

In recent days we've seen a number of SNP leaflets posted through doors with the line "and no other party"

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Ye shall not criticise the supreme leader.

England's education secretary Nadhim Zahawi has said that students shouldn’t be criticising Boris Johnson in class and "nailing their colours

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A tale of a flyer and a

As with all social media, a single post can cause widespread mayhem; and this was no different when a number

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Long time coming

It has been a long time coming but finally, I have managed to bring online my own dedicated servers and

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