Stirling Council has failed in its second attempt to fix the Council Tax for the coming year, with a rise of 4.5 per cent. With only 11 members, following the death of one of its Councillors, Labour is unable on its own to have a Quorum in the face of a boycott of meetings by the 10 member Conservative opposition, which is calling for Council Tax to be held at its existing level, as has already been announced by Glasgow.
I was much amused earlier this afternoon to watch Prime Minister Tony Blair speak at the Scottish Labour Party Spring Conference, this year being held at Aviemore, telling us how much he appreciates the work Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell is doing - oh yes, there is complete unity of purpose, he would have us believe, between Labour at London and Edinburgh. I resist the temptation to guffaw, with difficulty! How do you feel about the growing scandal known as the McKie affair Tony? Is the Executive completely on-message there too?
Surely Labour's iron grip on the Scottish central belt cannot be slipping slightly after so many decades of one-party rule? I doubt it, but I live in hope!