Friday, 10 October 2008

SNP Candidate and Free Meal Delusion

Peter Grant the SNP candidate for the Glenrothes by election who was/is leader of the SNP group on SNP-led Fife council is contradicting the council's director of finance and resources, Barrie Lawrie, on the possibility of delivering free school meals to primary 1-3 pupils across the county.

While Mr Lawrie says "the current budget does not include costs associated with the introduction of free school meals", Mr Grant stoically is saying that the policy will be delivered. How? With what money? Is this just a candidate toeing the party line while seeking election at a time when many councils including many with the SNP involved in the leadership are saying that the Parliament's policy cannot be delivered under the current terms of the concordat.

Is Mr Grant already prepared to lie to the electorate of Glenrothes about just what is achievable? If he's doing it now how much more is he prepared to deceive should he be elected?

Also unearthed this interesting blog which suggests that bookies are also started to lose faith in the SNP in this one.


  1. Most p3 kids could tell you it's d-e-l-u-s-i-o-n

  2. Actually that is an interesting hypothesis to be tested.

    Of course darn blogger spell checked doesn't cover the titles.

  3. Yup, I thought 11-4 was good odds for Labour, so got in on that. But Stephen, I thought your guy was going to come through the middle? You can get 40-1 on that, y'know. Have you bought in yet?

  4. 40-1 sounds rather similar to my first bet on Willie Rennie. Mind you I was still get 10-1 in the week of the poll.

  5. We were told at school not to use calculators for mental maths as it makes you get sloppy and dull-witted. Call me old-fashioned but I think the same about spell-checker.

    Anyway, 11-4 isn't too bad for a value bet. Political betting has to be far less risky than buying shares these days....

  6. That's all well and good Jeff but some of us are dyslexic, even if we managed to muddle through quite well.

    I did once pass a stats exam at Uni having forgotten to bring my calculator with me to the exam hall. So I agree with you're mathematical point.

  7. Oh well, it was just a suggestion, clearly not the best one for your good self though.