(ex) CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCILLOR, ANDREW BURNS; FOUNTAINBRIDGE/CRAIGLOCKHART WARD 'EDINBURGH LABOUR GROUP' LEADER; & 'THE CITY OF EDINBURGH COUNCIL' LEADER. --- just very brief comments (both work & personal), as often as possible, that's all :-)
--- just very brief comments (both work & personal), as often as possible, that's all :-)
Monday, April 30, 2007
Surgery this evening ...
Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart ballot paper
... (again if you click on it, it comes up as a much clearer image).
Now, I'm obviously very biased ... and I won't bang on about how you should consider voting ... but graphic below is a clue to how I'll be casting my own, personal vote at around 7.01am this coming Thursday ;-))
Edinburgh Central ballot paper
Not sure how well it will show up on the blog (if you click on it, it comes up as a much clearer image) ... pretty lengthy 'Lothian Region' left-hand side, as you can see, but only the four main Party candidates on the Edinburgh Central Constituency right-hand side.
Still believe this is the only "all-female" constituency contest in Scotland ... does anyone know for certain?
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Bit disappointed as we only managed to finish off 2,374 today ;-))
Director's Weekly Meeting ...
Last Director's meeting of the current 4-year term ;-(
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Full Council Meeting ...
Bit of a delayed start to the proceedings, due to the official opening of the new Waverley Court Council HQ earlier in the morning.
Thereafter, the main agenda was completed in a surprisingly short time ...
One week to go!
Do always enjoy the final stages of an election campaign ... this one generating an incredibly hectic pace in the dash for the finishing line ;-))
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Bit of a 'Thank You' ...
Very late evening again; election, election, election mania definitely in full-swing ...
Elections Consultative Group meeting
... not to mention another 20 or so Local Authorities across Scotland apparently ;-((
Children 1st meeting
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
How to cast your vote ...
Still hoping to display some mock-ups of my own ballot paper soon ;-))
Last Full Group Meeting ...
Thus, one last Full Group Meeting (of this Administration, I hasten to add!) to attend this evening ... let's hope it doesn't drag on too long, so we can get back on the never-ending campaign-trail ...
Royston Primary School
With Elizabeth's (local councillor and fellow blogger!) help, took the parents through the proposed changes, making it clear that we will keep it under review and certainly amend if the Department's projections are badly wrong ... which isn't usually the case, but the guarantee of review is there.
One big positive that I felt may have come out of the meeting is the potential establishment of a Parent Council at the Primary School, which doesn't currently have one ... every cloud has a silver-ling, as they say ;-)
Monday, April 23, 2007
ALP Hustings ...
Good event, enjoyed the evening, with a pretty reasonable turnout for a (mainly) local hustings ... not enough of them organised really.
One downside of the 7 parties at the top table is a ridiculously short time for each respondent to answer questions ... very difficult to get a lengthy dialogue going. That said, the chair was scrupulously fair and gave us all an equally short crack-of-the-whip!
Gorgie Dalry Community Association
Robust and healthy discussion/debate ... just as it should be!
Last Group Executive meeting
Looking at the schedule of such meetings post-election, there appears to be one every five seconds in order to get any new political arrangements up and running as quickly as possible ... just when I thought there were only 9-days to go ;-((
Community Meeting in Hutchison
... so, any such qualified Youth Workers out there looking for a summer job in a central part of Edinburgh ... do get in touch ;-))
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Not that I'm at all nervous of course ... just keen to be sure that no stone is left unturned in my quest to fully explain the new voting system to constituents ;-)
Leaflets, leaflets, leaflets ...
Some family friends came over today - from darkest Airdrie (where I originally hail from - I know, it explains a lot!) - to help with the final push ... literally thousands and thousands of local leaflets put out today.
I try very hard not to think how many may well go straight into the recycling bin ;-(
On the bright side, at least we haven't had the unalloyed joy of erecting lampost-posters this weekend - that's coming up at the end of this week.
I can barely contain my excitement at the prospect ;-))
... hopefully they won't be as big as this one ...
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Met my wife for the first time in days ;-((
99 Red Balloons
These events always take a huge effort to get right - but the campaign team did a great job and all seemed to go really well.
No quips about spot the one who's not a balloon please ...
Early afternoon spent doing yet more leafletting; and late afternoon canvassing in the Shandon area (where I live!) of the new Ward with Sarah.
Friday, April 20, 2007
A few goodbyes ...
That aside; there is the serious point that a really large proportion (maybe up to 50%) of the new Council is going to be completely new themselves to Local Government ... as a supporter of STV-PR, I welcome this prospect of fresh ideas coming to the Council, but there will be a big onus on a good quality induction process being put together for them all - no matter from what political persuasion.
Absolute prediction of this election result is not easy ;-(
Only one or two more of these to go now before the big day!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
SCDN Hustings this evening ...
Some interesting points around "structure versus ethos/capacity" when it comes to making community development 'real' ... both needed obviously, but much greater emphasis was being placed on ethos/capacity by the Community Development practitioners in the audience.
Definitely a very specific message that I have taken from the evening.
Eurovision Song Contest of politics?
... actually, I think it's to be welcomed that there appear to be numerous explanations of the new voting system being offered up - especially on mainstream sites like the BBC.
All that said, don't forget the very basic message ... it's all as easy as 1,2,3 ... as long as you put the 1 next to Burns that is ;-))
Chest hair helps explain voting system??
What can I say ... the 'video clip title' did get me to watch it!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Meantime, I will try and get an actual mock-up of the 'Ward 9 Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart' ballot paper and the Scottish Parliament ballot paper for 'Lothians/Edinburgh Central' on to the blog as soon as feasible ...
Democrazy Video and Gig
... you can access it here (You Tube site) or here (ERS Scotland site - scroll down a bit and you'll see it).
There have been (to date) a remarkable 117 songs uploaded to the Democrazy website and there is even going to be a gig - details here - on the evening of Wednesday 2nd May to showcase some of the entries!
Won't be able to make it myself, as may be pretty busy ;-(
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Ballistic Blog Counter ...
Broadcast success ;-)
Would welcome any feedback obviously ...
Broadcast / Podcast ... right way up!
Right way up this time hopefully??
Broadcast / Podcast experiment ;-))
Well; I've no idea how this will go down ... several of my avid readers have suggested doing a short 'broadcast / podcast' of my own; so here it is!
Now, my computing skills are reasonable, but not great ... so I've recorded this onto my very cheap digital camera, opened a You Tube account, loaded it onto You Tube and posting a link here ... I hope it all works??
Monday, April 16, 2007
More election broadcast mania?
I had been thinking of this; but am completely illiterate when it comes to 'all-things video' on the web ... but, in the spirit of trying to respond constructively to blog-posts, I'm going to have a go at this as soon as I get a few spare minute - - don't hold your breath ;-(
Caption Competition ;-)
Sent to me earlier this evening - was taken when we were all out on Friday in the Hutchison estate.
The observant amongst you will recognise St. Cuthbert's Primary School in the background ...
... proof, if ever it were needed, that the result is indeed pretty "unpredictable". I'll say.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Election broadcast mania
... okay, it's undoubtedly a good story - I'm not denying that - but does it "really" warrant front-page coverage the first weekend after all the main Party manifestos have actually been launched?
Candidates Victorious! (No Election Necessary)
... two WHOLE COUNCILS decided by unopposed Wards!
Quite unbelievable really.
Thankfully, that type of democratic accountability won't be happening in Scotland ever again ;-))
Saturday, April 14, 2007
... loads of other useful information on voting systems in general, as well.
Office duties this afternoon
Weather absolutely fantastic and here's hoping it's just like today on Thursday 3rd May ;-))
Will be interesting to see if the national polls have moved any at all ... guess the Sunday papers will have plenty tomorrow, which will be the first since all the main Party manifestos have been published.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Guess we'll find out which is correct in less than 20-days from now!
Semblance of normality returns
No question that I've seen much more of Labour Party activists this week than my own wife ... all you political anoraks out there will thus, I'm sure, appreciate just how good a week this has been ;-))
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Seven candidate locally!
... although there are several spread across many of the other new multi-member Wards in the City.
Four candidates only?
That said, there does appear to be a record number on the Lothian List side of the ballot paper - some 23!
... and Edinburgh Central has 4 female candidates - wonder if it's the only such constituency in Scotland ... I suspect it may be?
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Reith Lectures 2007
Anyhow, this year's series of lectures being given by Jeffrey Sachs and it was a very compelling performance. I'll definitely listen to the other 4 lectures, if possible, or at least catch up with them via the Radio 4 website in due course.
... notice the last one is actually being delivered locally here in Edinburgh ... would be good to attend ;-)
Admin, admin, admin ...
- ordering and delivering yet more envelopes to the main campaign office (I really think someone may be eating them?)
- finalising drop-off schedule for the remainder/s of Sarah's election address with the Royal Mail ... who have been very, very helpful thus far!
- finishing off the ordering of the next round of leaflets for my own local Ward ... Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart, which was of course Craiglockhart/Fountainbridge until a few weeks ago ;-))
- mailing and delivering a wide-variety of letters/forms to a range of constituency/Ward contacts about the new voting system/s ... as easy as 1,2,3 ;-)
... all this in an atmosphere of austere calm of course ;-((
Hutchison & Chesser Community Council's new website
... better than this out-of-date map of the area, that's for sure ;-)
One upside of these enforced solitudes is the ever-welcome ability to play some unusually loud music ... have rediscovered Radiohead's "OK Computer" this week - it does have to be one of the best albums ever, for sure ;-))
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Education the top priority
But the BBC Scotland "manifestos at-a-glance" section is well worth a quick look ... as I've admitted before I am biased, of course, but I really do think there is just no comparison between what the two major Scottish parties are proposing.
Director's Weekly Meeting
Obviously been a bit of a quiet news period, with the Director's post itself attracting a bit of press comment yesterday ... anyhow, this didn't form the main basis of our weekly agenda! Second round of school-building programme (contract now finalised); Children's Services Inspection (ongoing); and many other such exciting issues to the fore ;-))
Monday, April 09, 2007
No Monday Surgery tonight
Maybe all that envelope stuffing wasn't so bad after all ...
Office Duties calling
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Bolton Abbey visit
Very pleasant visit to Bolton Abbey yesterday - in the middle of an absolute heatwave down South - and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon spent on the local steam railway (which all the kids loved) and then wondering slowly around the Sculpture Trail within the grounds.
Everyone particularly liked this sculpture situated in one of the many streams running into the River Wharfe.
Rest of the family still away until this Friday; so microwave is again on emergency standby ... that's if I get any time to eat at all of course, given the amount of electioneering to be undertaken ;-))
Friday, April 06, 2007
A very happy Easter to one and all!
Thursday, April 05, 2007
THE "election address" received
Needless to say, many, many more such enjoyable election tasks remain on the immediate horizon ;-(
Easter visitor chaos begins ...
... and managed to mainly stay off any discussion of politics completely. It won't last the weekend!
Was keen to get it all sorted before the Easter weekend, as I suspect there will be a bit of a late-rush of nominations in the early half of next week ;-(
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The Columbus Run!
Haven't managed to call him back yet, but obviously I'll advise him to seek a suitable parking dispensation ;-))
A lot more detail - including maps - on the new Ward can be found here at the very informative Edinburgh Elections site!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Poor Car ;-((
All part of the grand plan to ensure our very local, electoral message is delivered on time ;-))
At least I've now got a key to open the damn boot ...
Elections Consultative Group
All the more crucial this year, with the move to STV-PR for local government elections ... which isn't getting 'huge' attention yet with all the focus on Holyrood opinion polls ;-((
Monday, April 02, 2007
Just as I thought ...
... and of course, every street I had to deliver to was a classic Edinburgh hill ... at least they all felt like that after the first four hours ;-((
Sunday, April 01, 2007
... and the bloody weather was marvellous outside.
Ah well, lets hope it holds out until tomorrow, when we will all be in a blind-panic to distribute anything with 'MSP' on it before midnight Monday when the Scottish Parliament is officially dissolved!