Councillor calls edinburgh anti-cuts activists 'rabid'

An email leaked to local anti-cuts group North Edinburgh Fights Back had Councillor Elaine Morris of the SNP calling community activists involved in the campaigning group ‘rabid’, and also threatening the North Edinburgh Arts Centre, where a successful public meeting was held, saying that North Edinburgh Arts were ‘biting the hand that feeds’ by hosting a local anti-cuts group. 

The following the email that Cllr Elaine Morris sent, about the public meeting organised by North Edinburgh Fights Back:

Unison may be behind it but I suspect its some of our more rabid anti-establishment members of the local community!  I won't be going to the meeting but  I do think [North Edinburgh Arts] should be more careful about who they let space to!  Biting the hand that feeds etc!
Elaine
Cllr Elaine Morris (Forth)

The group targeted by Cllr Morris, North Edinburgh Fights Back, is a network of 50 or so residents and workers of North Edinburgh who are campaigning against the unjust and unnecessary cuts and privatisations in their communities. The threats to North Edinburgh Arts are an indication of the councils attitude to any dissenting voices in the community. Many local projects and workers are afraid to stick their heads above the parapet, for fear of being singled out for funding cuts or job losses. Some local organisations are so worried, they are refusing to put up posters advertising North Edinburgh Fights Back events.

Calling community activists in North Edinburgh ‘rabid’ is insulting to all of us, and trying to bully community run centres into not hosting events is undemocratic and unforgivable. North Edinburgh Fights Back are asking members and supporters to contact their local councillor or MSP and make a complaint about Cllr Morris’ remarks.

You can send an e-mail to your local councillors (http://www.writetothem.com/), and also to First Minister Alex Salmond to express your disgust at councillor Morris. His e-mail addresses are as follows – Alex.Salmond.msp@scottish.parliament.ukFirstMinister@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.

http://northedinburghfightsback.org.uk/
http://www.facebook.com/northedinburghfightsback

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Re: Councillor calls edinburgh anti-cuts activists 'rabid'

By Anonymous

Elaine was talking not about the geniune residents themselves who have genuine grievances, but those political groups that have been latching onto the anti-cuts movement. I'll not name names but it's dem folks that can't indulge in debate and discussion but resort to shouting and finger waggling. who needs them?

Re: Councillor calls edinburgh anti-cuts activists 'rabid'

By CH

Are you suggesting that NE Against Cuts people don't live in North Edinburgh? Cos that isn't true.

And this: "folks that can't indulge in debate and discussion but resort to shouting and finger waggling" sounds like a description of politicians to me.

Anonymous wrote:

Elaine was talking not about the geniune residents themselves who have genuine grievances, but those political groups that have been latching onto the anti-cuts movement. I'll not name names but it's dem folks that can't indulge in debate and discussion but resort to shouting and finger waggling. who needs them?

'Biting the Hand that Feeds'?

By Eddie

'Biting the hand that feeds.' Where have I heard that before? Ahhh, I remember. When my friend Steve M  was editor of the North Edinburgh News he had the temerity to include articles that criticised the (then) Labour-run City of Edinburgh Council. For doing so he was told by Labour Councillor Liz McGuinness 'don't bite the hand that feeds you,' referring to some Council funding that the paper recieved. So much for editorial freedom. He resigned, with dignity. It seems that politicians of every ilk have control freakery running through their veins, and look on funding, however meagre, from government both local and national, as a means of influencing and controlling those bodies who receive it - much the same way as banks and business corporations do.

At least we now know where this nitwit councillor stands on fighting cuts to public services, and that she has petty-fascist control freakery coursing through her veins.

'Biting the Hand that Feeds'?

By Anonymous

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Anonymous wrote:

'Biting the hand that feeds.' Where have I heard that before? Ahhh, I remember. When my friend Steve M  was editor of the North Edinburgh News he had the temerity to include articles that criticised the (then) Labour-run City of Edinburgh Council. For doing so he was told by Labour Councillor Liz McGuinness 'don't bite the hand that feeds you,' referring to some Council funding that the paper recieved. So much for editorial freedom. He resigned, with dignity. It seems that politicians of every ilk have control freakery running through their veins, and look on funding, however meagre, from government both local and national, as a means of influencing and controlling those bodies who receive it - much the same way as banks and business corporations do.

At least we now know where this nitwit councillor stands on fighting cuts to public services, and that she has petty-fascist control freakery coursing through her veins.