Glasgow Save our Schools Campaign
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Save our schools day in parliament
Straight from Parlament download the debate in living colour - Well worth the listen
Just thought I would write a wee bit about how things went yesterday. We were invited to speak at 10am, and were told at the beginning of the hearing that the Petitions Committee was short on time, which left us all feeling a wee bit dismayed to say the least!
However, when we started to speak and put our point across, I really feel we more than grabbed their attention, because we didn't finish til 11.o4am! We were all given way more than our 3 minutes and the petitions committee were, for the most part, really good, and made us feel comfortable. Jackie Baillie M.S.P and Charlie Gordon M.S.P were not so nice. Whaddyaknow? They are both Labour M.S.Ps!Anyway, we got a lot of support from Rosie Kane M.S.P (Scottish Socialist Party), Sandre White M.S.P (Scottish National Party), Alex Neil M.S.P (Scottish National Party), Caroline Leckie M.S.P (Scottish Socialist Party) and Campbell Martin (Independent). It was great to hear people who seemed to be sympathetic to the situation, and I personally will be e-mailing each one of them and thank them for their support. I think it would be a great gesture if we all e-mailed and thanked them! I really do believe they were appalled at the treatment of parents in both Glasgow and North Lanarkshire.
We all left feeling very positive and really good, because we were all quite nervous, but I think the 4 of us who spoke done really well. We all felt we said everything we needed to say. We were all given a fair hearing, I feel.
Afterwards we spoke to the B.B.C, the Holyrood press officer, the Herald, Southside News and the Evening Times. We went outside and waved our banners too, and that picture is in todays E.T.
Anyway, you can see for what happened yourself if you log on to the Scottish Parliament website and click on Holyrood T.V, then click on petitions committee, then click committee room 6, then click on archives. I'm not that great and pasting web addresses onto e-mails, sorry! They only keep the footage for a month though, so be quick!
I really dont know what will happen now, but as soon as I know anything, I will let you all know.
Bob, 12:14 PM
I watched the clip and can I just say how well you all came across?It was obviously nerve-wracking but you were all very clear and precise and left everyone no doubts on what you were there for