An SNP councillor has blasted Renfrewshire Labour for hanging a Union Jack from a window at Renfrewshire Council HQ – in the same place the SNP were told to remove a Saltire Flag for health and safety reasons.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren, who has a seat in the Paisley Northwest Ward said in late 2013 that the SNP group in Renfrewshire Council was banned from displaying a Saltire Flag on one of the windows in their office.
Following complaints, by the then Labour administration, MacLaren claims council officers manufactured a reason to remove the flag, citing health and safety issues.
When the SNP group brought forward a council motion highlighting comments from the Health and Safety Executive that displaying a flag was not a health and safety hazard the Labour Provost, Anne Hall, refused to discuss the issue but Labour are now in the opposition party rooms and are displaying the British flag on the same window on which the SNP displayed the Saltire.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren said: “This is astounding hypocrisy, even for Labour politicians. A few years ago they banned the SNP from displaying a Saltire in our offices and now they are displaying the Union Flag in the very same window!
“This cynical and hypocritical move by Labour councillors show the public exactly what Labour think of Scotland. They forced officers to manufacture a reason to remove the Saltire and only a few years later they now display the Union Jack in its place.
“I have no problems with Labour councillors displaying this flag – after all they are a British national party and their political history is one of sacrificing Scotland’s interests for the good of the UK. However, it’s the sheer arrogance and hypocrisy of demanding that Scotland’s flag should not be displayed on a window and then replacing it with the Union Jack.
“Whenever Labour try to pretend that they’re a Scottish party – let’s remember they are the ones who removed the Saltire and replaced it with a Union Jack. Labour is a British political party – it always has been and always will be.”
A Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The same approach applies to any political party or organisation which is accommodated at the Council headquarters. We aim to promote a clear working environment and keeping office windows clear assists with the cleaning and maintenance of the building.”