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!
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.firstname.lastname@example.org – FirstMinister@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.