The biggest party in Aberdeen City Council is the SNP with 18 but the Tory (10) and Labour (9) groups have combined to keep them out of power.
Think about it. A left-of-centre party keeps another left-of centre party out of power by allying with a right-of-centre party. The people of the City who voted for left-of-centre policies, 27 to 10 get right-of-centre policies.
Aberdeen Labour don’t give a for their voters because of their deeply huffy, irrational hatred of the SNP, which has replaced them, because the local voters have tired of their incompetence and corruption.
The Labour councillors have all been suspended from the Labour Party. They don’t seem to give a about that either.
Yesterday, they wrote to the First Minister protesting that they were currently suffering harder restrictions than they should because of SNP Glasgow’s outbreak and reminding her that they’d had pub closures in August so why wasn’t SNP Glasgow having them now? She was then asked about the letter in the briefing.
The First Minister was not amused:
After explaining, as you would to bairns, that the Aberdeen outbreak was based in pubs so they closed them down and the Glasgow one wasn’t so they didn’t, she called it ‘patent nonsense’ and suggested the ‘ridiculous’ letter told us more about the authors than it did about the government’s actions.
Laing has an an honours degree in Economic History from Aberdeen University.
Lumsden will be the Tory candidate for Aberdeen Central in 2021. The seat has been held by the SNP since 2011. The Tories tend to come third or fourth.