Sunday, 2 March 2014

Labour Council to cut access to golf courses!

On seeing the lead article and accompanying headline (crazy golf) in the 20.2.14 addition of local news The Hamilton Advertiser, I was disappointed but not surprised to see Labour council leader Eddie Macavoy blatantly paving the way for future attacks on South Lanarkshire’s municipal golf courses. In his own words Labour council leader Macavoy poises the rhetorical question “you must think to yourself ‘is this one of our priorities?”

Golf itself evolved from its humble origins in the sand dunes of the Scottish coastline as a game for everyone. This later developed into a game almost exclusively for the rich with the rise of purpose build private golf courses and there expensive membership fees. This is where the municipal golf courses come in by giving an affordable opportunity to participate in an important part of our nation’s cultural heritage.

The reason for my disappointment is the widely held belief that a good indicator for judging society is by the number of cultural opportunities available to all its citizens. To those of us who believe this then any reduction in these opportunities would be a step backwards not only for those less financially privileged but for society as a whole.

The reason I express my lack of surprise at this story is that to mask the vicious cuts in council budgets Labour councils and there puppet councillors, who have put up no real resistance to budget cuts, are touting out the same “were in a recession” rhetoric the length and breadth of the country in an attempt to pacify opposition to Labour councils. All the while the bankers, multinational companies and there lackeys in government, rake in the doe on the back of our misery.

This is why in my opinion any attempt to undermine our municipal courses should be met with stern resistance.


Concerned citizen

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