Humza Yousaf: Give SNP a chance and Glasgow can be even greater
IT has almost been a year since I was first elected to the Scottish Parliament and honoured to represent the city of Glasgow.
As a politician you aren't given a manual or specific training on how to do the job but thrown in the deep end to find your own feet.
You have to figure out the best way to achieve results for the people you were elected to represent.
It can be a steep learning curve but one lesson that has stood out more than any other is that politicians and political institutions are at their best when we work together.
When we cast aside petty party politics in order to work together for the best interest of the people we see results.
Unfortunately, our opponents have reverted to type with apocalyptic negativity and petty personal jibes.
Instead of putting forward any vision they are obsessed with throwing muck at the SNP and making deeply personal attacks.
However, if the last Holyrood election taught us anything it is that the people of Glasgow are canny enough to see bluff and bluster from a thousand paces.
Glasgow is a great city but has the potential to be even greater.
The current administration in Glasgow City Council is strangling the city's resources.
When one party has been in control for decades then complacency sets in.
If people know they are going to get elected time after time they lose motivation to work hard and come forward with innovative ideas.
That is why Labour-led Glasgow City Council has failed to get the basics right.
Everyday things from potholes the size of craters to failing to clear the fly tipping that has littered our streets.
There is a once in a generation chance to shake things up in Glasgow.
But the SNP does not want to get in simply because we are not Labour, we believe our ideas are why people are starting to take notice and pledging to give us a chance on May 3.
People like the fact that we will start with the basics and promise a more efficient and transparent council.
They are excited about the prospect of having a fully open and accountable city chambers with a public petitions committee so people's grievances can be brought right to the top of the city's hierarchy.
Families welcome the 600 hours of flexible free nursery education.
Carers are enthused by our promise of a carers champion and council workers feel secure that under an SNP administration there will be no compulsory redundancies and we will implement a living wage for the lowest paid.
In my short time in politics I have found that people are very reasonable.
They understand the difficult times and the fact that budgets are tight.
However, there can be no excuse for 50 years of historic neglect in some of our communities.
No party should be in control forever - it is not healthy for democracy.
I hope on May 3 the people of Glasgow will embrace positive change and give the SNP the opportunity to make Glasgow flourish.
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