Duncan McFarlane - Independent candidate in Clydesdale West local elections 2012

Vote Duncan McFarlane (Independent) [1] on Thursday May 3rd

Clydesdale West Ward of South Lanarkshire Council


Thank Yous and Post-Election Statement

Unfortunately I didn't get enough votes to be elected ( I got 246 first preference votes and 353 votes - about 6% of those cast , including 2nd and 3rd and 4th preferences before I was eliminated). Not bad on 3 weeks campaigning and a budget of 600.

I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me and campaigned for me and everyone who took the time to talk to me while I was canvassing.

I have passed on all the issues you raised to the four candidates who were elected Councillors for the ward - Eileen Logan (Labour) , Lynsey Hamilton (Labour), David Shearer (SNP) and Pat Lee (SNP) - but without giving them your names,or addresses (only the road, street or housing estate at most) in case you wanted to remain anonymous. Please Note - Councillor Shearer has told me that people have to go directly to him by email or to his surgeries (see this link for details of both) to bring up any problems or suggestions with him. This may well be the case for the others too. Their emails for the new councillors don't seem to be up on the council website yet, but when they are they will be firstname.secondname@southlanarkshire.gsx.gov.uk - all in lower case(e.g lynsey.hamilton@southlanarkshire.gsx.gov.uk ) . Within a week or two the council website should be updated and googling "South Lanarkshire Council" along with the councillor's name will get you their email and surgery details.

I want to thank retiring SNP Councillor Ian Gray for leading opposition to the incinerator on the planning committee and all the other councillors who voted against it, plus the AGADI organisers and volunteers and objectors and the Lanarkshire Green Party who also continue to campaign hard against it.

Though I was against Conservative councillor Alex Allison's vote in favour of the incinerator and have little time for his party or it's policies, residents in Crossford told me he worked hard for them on other issues, before losing his seat in this ward in the recent election.

I'd also like to congratulate Independent candidate Ed Archer, who was elected a councillor in neighbouring Clydesdale North ward, centred on Lanark; and who is also opposed to the incinerator and to the wind farm at Cartland.

I will be among many people launching campaigns to demand to know why the SNP Scottish Government, led by Alec Salmond, are not using the huge powers they have over council decisions, through control of around 80% of councils' budgets, to get Dovesdale and other wasteful, expensive, toxic, incinerators closed down and replaced with recycling and anaerobic digestion plants - and ditto on stopping fracking and on opening old railway stations (including in Law, where many residents asked for this).

The Scottish Government have demanded a Council Tax freeze from local councils in return for granting them funding (unwisely in my view) and could use the same kind of pressure to get Dovesdale and other Incinerators closed.

They have stepped in to over-rule local council planning decisions on Donald Trump's white elephant golf course (built over an SSSI full of endangered species and also including attempts to force people out of their homes by bully-boy tactics).

Residents in Kilncadzow tell me the Scottish Government also granted appeals to allow wind farms to be built at Kilncadzow and Cartland within 500 metres of peoples' houses, after the local council for once listened to residents and refused planning applications in each case. (Like the residents i'm in favour of turbines sited correctly - but not that close to houses.)

So Salmond and the SNP Scottish Government will intervene to help billionaires and big firms do things that are wrong and harmful, but not to cut funding to South Lanarkshire Council until it closes a toxic, over-priced incinerator? If so what's the difference between them and the other big party leaders?

I love my country and it's people. Alec Salmond and the other big party leaders say they love them too (whether they define them as Scotland or Britain). If you love your country and it's people why would you expose them to over-priced, deadly, wasteful incinerators ; to fracking which will poison our fresh water supplies (an increasingly valuable commodity worldwide with shortages growing in much of the worldwide) and our air and people ; and why would you over-rule local residents and councillors to let arrogant, incompetent billionaires like Trump get their way?

If you really love your country Alec, prove it. Close down the incinerators. Stop the fracking. Open the old railway stations. Regulate the banks. Listen to the people, not to big firms and billionaires who only want short term profit for themselves.

I'll also campaign for independence for Scotland when the referendum comes - i'm all for it to keep us out of Iraq, Afghanistan and maybe more Falklands and Iran wars and financial crises caused by deregulation in which ordinary people die or suffer for the profits of arms and oil firms and banks, and the careers of politicians; plus getting rid of tax havens that impoverish the majority to avoid the wealthiest and big firms paying their share.

But independence will change nothing if we become an independent Scotland destroyed for it's people, because it's run for big business and billionaires' short term profits at the expense of suffering for the vast majority. That would be no better than being part of a UK which is being destroyed in the same way.

Independents, Greens and socialists may not have been able to beat the big parties yet, but by god, if you big party leaders are in office and keep behaving like you are now we'll point up your hypocrisy constantly enough in one campaign after another (at elections and between them) that you'll have to change to more decent policies or else risk losing to one of the other big parties- and then do the same to whichever big party is in next until we get decent policies from them or else win ourselves and bring decent policies in ourselves.

I'll leave the last word to Dougie Maclean.

My policies ( in more detail than in my leaflets)

Issues raised by voters in this election campaign

  • Issues raised by voters 2012

  • In these elections by the PR voting system you can vote positively
    for the candidate you support most, without risking wasting your vote.
    If your first choice isn't elected, your vote will go to your second, third or fourth choice

    To read more about this, about how independents can make a difference and how to vote in a proportional representation election click here

    Contact me

    If you have questions, suggestions, other issues to raise or want an explanation of how to vote, or need a lift to the polling station and back on election day, you can text or phone me on 07774121818 ; or email me on calgacus86@hotmail.com or at dmcf@calgacus17.plus.com ; or write to me at Beanshields Farm, Braidwood, Carluke, ML8 5PG. If i get suggestions that i think are good ideas i'll add them to my policies. If you raise local issues i haven't covered i'll add a link to a website page with all of them here.

    To find out where your polling station is (where to vote) and/or whether you live in Carluke West Ward

    Carluke, Braidwood, Law, Kilncadzow, Yieldshields and Nethanfoot are all in the ward. If you're not certain if you're in the ward, or if you want to know where your polling station is click this South Lanarkshire website link where you can type in your post code or address to find out which ward you're in and where your polling station (voting place) is. If that doesn't work contact me and i'll find out for you. You can also see a map of the ward on google maps here.

    Why I'm standing as an Independent, not with any party ; and about me

    My policies and views on national and international issues

    For my policies and views on national and international issues see my 2010 parliamentary election website, as well as my blog (usually several posts a month) and my website (with older and longer posts and online books). (I've changed my mind on some things since 2010, for instance I'm in favour of restoring tax credits)

    Correction : No Green candidate standing in Clydesdale West

    When I was writing up my leaflet I thought Mandy Meikle might be standing as a Green party candidate in this ward. I was wrong, there is no Green candidate. Sorry for the mistake.