Apr 27 2012
By Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband at Labour conference in Glasgow
Ed Miliband with Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont
DAILY Record readers know that at election time, too many promises are made which are never delivered.
The cynicism people feel about politics isn’t limited to just one party, but it’s our job to make sure Labour win back people’s trust.
We want to show how we’ll make life fairer by rebuilding our economy and standing up to powerful vested interests – from Rupert Murdoch to the banks and the electricity companies.
The issues Labour are campaigning on in these council elections are rooted in the experiences of people in every part of Scotland.
We’re offering practical yet ambitious policies to make communities stronger.
Today, all across Scotland, Labour members will be knocking on doors and speaking to their neighbours and people in their towns and villages.
We’re showing how we’ll stand up for families and hard-pressed communities.
Take the most urgent issue facing Scotland today – unemployment.
Nothing puts as much strain on families and communities as being unable to find a job.
Young people starting out in life are being left out of work for months or years.
Too many lose hope – and we risk losing out on the talent of a generation.
The same story is being replicated across Scotland’s towns and cities every day.
There has been a staggering 1155 per cent increase in youth unemployment since 2007.
I care about this because it goes to the core of who I am and the values I got from my parents.
My dad came to Britain as a young man – a refugee from the Nazis. He didn’t speak English and scraped away for the first six months, doing odd jobs.
He studied at night and worked hard to get on in life. It paid off – 18 months after coming to Britain, he got a place at university and never looked back.
He succeeded because of hard work – and because he was given a chance.
Young people today need to be given the same chance that my dad was given.
Labour have a policy to tackle youth unemployment across the UK.
We would tax bankers’ bonuses and spend some of that money to guarantee real jobs with real wages – and real responsibilities – for 100,000 young people out of work for a year.
Labour are not in government but we still can help protect young Scots from a life on the dole.
Scotland does not need to wait three years for a Labour government before we start tackling joblessness.
Even in these tough times, Labour council candidates are showing how we can make life fairer for people.
In North Lanarkshire, Labour will fund 5000 new jobs through a wage subsidy scheme and in East Renfrewshire, Labour will promote a youth employer subsidy scheme to help firms take on young workers.
And in Glasgow, where I’ll be today, Labour will bring forward the Glasgow Guarantee so every 16 to 24-year-old in the city is guaranteed a job or training.
Our determination to eliminate youth unemployment is shared by every Labour candidate standing for election.
The SNP are so obsessed with the referendum that they have taken their eye off the ball – their leader in Glasgow said these elections are a “stepping stone to independence”.
These elections are about much more than that. They are about local services and standing up for local people.
They’re about getting young people into work, making life fairer for all families – not just a privileged few.
On Thursday, you will get to have your say.
Rangers fans during the Old Firm clash at Ibrox
Apr 27 2012
By Kevan Christie
AN MP will hold crisis talks with water bosses today over a foul stink from a sewage plant that has plagued his constituents for 10 years.
Angry locals say the infamous “Methil Ming” is making their lives a misery and have urged Scottish Water to sort it out once and for all.
Local MP Lindsay Roy will meet with bosses to urge them to rid the Fife town of the stink.
Labour MP Roy said: “Residents have had to put up with this disgusting stench for years and it can’t be allowed to go on any longer.
“Scottish Water must live up to their responsibilities and take prompt action to sort out the problem once and for all.
“People have been patient for far too long and this has to be sorted out now, no matter what it costs.”
Resident Ann Thomson, 65, said: “It makes me feel sick – the place reeks of rotten vegetables.”
An independent review into the pong was carried out by Professor Robert Jackson in 2010, after which Scottish Water agreed to implement the recommendations he set out to solve the issue.
However, the problem has remained and the pong was particularly bad during last month’s warm weather.
Ann said: “The smell makes our lives a misery and is really bad when the wind is blowing in our direction.
“I’ve lived here for 30 years. In that time, I’ve had to put up with smells from the old power station and a creosote works – but nothing beats the Methil Ming.
“The plant was built on the cheap. It was supposed to be more enclosed than what it is.”
Bill Curly, 70, said: “My house faces the sewage plant and the smell is terrible – it’s like rotten eggs.
“I first started complaining in 2002 when the plant was built but I’ve got nowhere.
“Everyone complains and we keep going along to these meetings but the stench is still there.”
A spokesman for Scottish Water said: “We take the issue of odour seriously and continue to work with elected members and regulators.”
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brazilian rapunzel Natasha Moraes de Andrade
A GIRL nicknamed Rapunzel has cut her hair for the first time to give her family the fairytale home they’ve always dreamed of.
Natasha Moraes de Andrade, 12, wept as her 5ft 2in locks were trimmed for the first time. But, just like the Brothers Grimm character famous for her long hair, her story has had a happy ending.
Natasha, who lives in a shanty town in Rio de Janeiro, previously slept in a tiny, windowless room.
But her family plan to use the £3000 she earned from selling her thick, chestnut mane to build a new house – with a room for her that will be fit for a princess.
The Brazilian girl used to spend four hours a week washing her hair and an hour-and-a-half brushing it every day.
But now she has had it cut into a simple bob, washing it only takes five minutes.
And like another fairy-tale character, Goldilocks, she’s found it’s just right.
Natasha said: “I cried at first when I was at the hairdresser’s to get it cut.
“I was afraid I wouldn’t like it, and I was also scared I might not get the money I wanted for it.
“Getting it cut has given me a new life. I used to be afraid every time I went out that someone would grab my hair or try to cut it off, but now I can do a lot of things which I couldn’t do before.
“I’m having cycling lessons and I’ve been able to go to the beach and swim without being afraid of getting my hair wet.”
Her mum Catarina said: “I never put her under pressure to get it cut but she was like a prisoner and wanted to do the things other girls her age do.”
The family are also finally able to switch on the fan in their house without fear that Natasha’s locks will get caught in it.