The people have voted and the politicians must listen
"IF WE PUSH ON I THINK WE MIGHT STILL GET THE REAR HALF TO LEITH ON TIME AND UNDER BUDGET...JENNY?...GORDON??? " JENNY????!!! GORDON??!!!?? --- ..j.... "WOMAN OVERBOARD!!!!!!! MAN OVERBOARD!!!!....."
The voters of Edinburgh have spoken and the politicians of the incoming administration (whatever that eventually looks like) must listen.
The verdict was not one delivered on broad political differences or performance, it was almost totally about the tram project and it's effects on the city; and a warning that politicians must at long last stop posturing arrogantly and start listening, and acting, with humility.
The attempts by Jenny Dawe and Gordon Mackenzie, and Steve Cardownie who stumbled into the chamber on the 8th round but remains mortally wounded in respect of his ability to lead his party there; to treat facts as incidental and spin as the reality, have received their comeuppance.
The project is not on track and being delivered....the council are in fact engaged in creating a pollution machine with the tram at it's heart and it is this that has to change in order to save the project.
Bashing on regardless is the 'fail strategy' and the demise of Mackay, Dawe, Mackenzie, Aitchison, Jeffrey and even the entire doomed 'tie' company ought to be a casualty list to convince the most blinkered of the few remaining Tram Taliban that it isn't a lack of will or determination preventing the remants of the project from completion---it's the fact that the idea of building a light railway on the main sub arterial traffic routes is in itself impossible to achieve, and always was.
The continuance of the project demands greater and greater crimes against intelligence and plain insupportable stupidity--the picture contains a simple straightforward, clearly obvious fact denied by Jenny Dawe and Gordon Mackenzie, and the chief Scientific services officer of Edinburgh, along with many senior managers.
The truth denied is not disproved--- and as Cllrs Dawe, Mackenzie and others have found while you can fool yourself all the time, soooner or later the people, thankfully, can and will make their voice heard and hopefully the new administration nowcoming in, won't be fooled again...even by itself!