As you know this blog's raison d'etre is spleen venting, so this evening's post may come as a surprise to you in that I am about to heap praise on a Glasgow councillor. I know it hardly seems credible but this chap is exactly the sort of thing I expect but rarely get from a councillor. I'm just gutted he's doing his bit round my old constituency rather than my current stamping ground.
The fellow I am referring to is young David Meikle who represents Pollokshields and may go down in history as the first Tory anyone in our family has ever voted for. My mother thought he looked like a 'lovely wee boy' and gave him a second choice sympathy vote. It isn't hard to exceed no expectations but oor Davie has behaved like we expected him to provide gold paved streets from the word go.
Since being elected he has resigned from not one but two committees on Glasgow City Council on matters of principle. I know it's hard to believe! Like virtually everyone in Southside who isn't a toss he's opposed to the 'Go Ape' atrocity about to be committed in Pollok Park. As part of the committee responsible for approving it, he resigned when his fellow councillors chose to ignore the objections of local people (his constituents). I feel like I'm living in a dream. Bear in mind that councillors get paid to sit on these committees, can it be that we actually have a councillor on our
hand that puts principle before personal advantage.
He then resigned from the licensing board over a newspaper promotion to give every reader tokens to obtain one free pint of Guinness at an O'Neils pub. He was in favour but the puritans reckoned it would encourage binge drinking.
The boy is a star, his blog is here. We in Glasgow are blessed to have at least one councillor fighting for our interests. Please God can we have some more. All I need is for someone to publish a guide on reconciling voting Tory with one's left wing principles and I'll happily don the blue rosette.