Bizarre but that was what happened at Thornhill Road last Saturday when Labour, who had booked the Thornhill Road Community Centre for an afternoon meeting, discovered that the local branch of the SNP were holding their annual sale of bedding plants in the grounds nearby at the same time.
Despite assurances Labour members attending the meeting would be safe from everything but perhaps an attack of Hay Fever, Labour bosses cancelled the booking and failed to show at the appointed time. Indeed it was reported that MP for the neighbouring constituency, Michael Connarty, led an attack on both the SNP and the group of community volunteers who run the Community Centre for having the audacity to organise and approve the sale of plants at this time despite being informed this was the 14th year in a row the sale had gone ahead at this venue on the same Saturday of the month.
Local SNP Councillor, David Alexander, who had offered assurances the SNP had no interest in what was happening inside the community centre only what was taking place outside said,
“I have heard of meetings being cancelled because of the threat of demonstrations but never from a threat from an aggressive display of Livingstone Daisies and Begonias.
On a more serious note, it is no wonder fewer and fewer people have faith in the current Labour leadership when they demonstrate such paranoia, to say nothing of the lack of respect for local people performing a voluntary role in managing our community centre.”