Full Council finished at 1.30pm this afternoon!
I'd like to say it was due to the rapier-like chairing skills of the Lord Provost - but it wasn't :-(
Basically, the Lib/Nat Administration weren't immediately threatening any schools with closure; no school budgets were before us with a recommended cut; and no community groups were being threatened with oblivion --- and, amazingly, this led to a complete lack of outside deputations?
End-result --- a quick Council meeting.
Most cynical moment of the day though came as various Lib/Nat Administration Members repeated like demented parrots that the City of Edinburgh Council is Scotland's 'most improved urban local authority', whilst continuing to decry everything and anything that Edinburgh Labour ever did.
It's actually true that the Council is the most improved in Scotland - but what they all mysteriously forgot to mention was that the Accounts Commission report, which found that the City of Edinburgh Council is Scotland's 'most improved urban local authority', was based on the three financial years of 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08.
Edinburgh Labour set the political direction and budget for all three of those years, as I blogged about at the time the report came out back in December 2008.
Is it really any wonder that so many people find it almost impossible to believe a word a politician says :-((