Labour politician seems to have sense of humour about SNP austerity – John McLellan

Cammy Day prompts chuckles from John McLellan after the Edinburgh Labour group leader urges people to lobby for fairer funding from the (SNP) Scottish Government while propping up the (SNP-led) council coaolition.

Labour leader Cammy Day is calling for fair funding for Edinburgh from the Scottish Government (Picture: Ian Georgeson)
Labour leader Cammy Day is calling for fair funding for Edinburgh from the Scottish Government (Picture: Ian Georgeson)

Good old Cammy Day. You have to credit the Council’s Labour leader with a sense of humour as he wrote his article on the budget he and his SNP chums are setting.

He has the obligatory pop at the Conservatives, while being fully aware the SNP has slashed Scottish local government funds while receiving more money from Westminster. His colleague Gordon Munro reminds him at every council meeting.

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Further confirmation came from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre this week, with new figures showing real terms council funding from the SNP Government has fallen 3.8 per cent in seven years (£404m) while Westminster’s payment has risen 2.6 per cent (£795m).

“I would urge you to lobby your local MSP and MP to fight for Fairer Funding for Edinburgh,” he wrote, knowing there’s not much point in approaching a Labour councillor because they are too busy keeping the SNP in office. How we laughed...

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