Comment: ‘Our right to moan should be enshrined’

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From the rubbish weather to endless repeats on TV, the tram works to the length of queues in the supermarket, we all like to have a good moan at times. Truth be told, it’s one of our favourite national pastimes.

The right to have a right good moan is perhaps one of the first that we should enshrine in our national constitution should we ever draw one up.

There are so many positive benefits from getting things off your chest that we should all get the chance to do it more often.

Workers on the shopfloor are often the first ones to see where things are going wrong within their organisation.

Any boss who listens to their staff’s gripes is far more likely to identify problems quickly – and they might even pick up a creative idea or two about how to solve them along the way.

More basically, there is no better feeling than getting things off your chest.

While so many of us have to put up with pay freezes, ever-growing workloads and dwindling job security, isn’t it the least we deserve to be able to moan – and have someone listen.

The real test of any employer, of course, is how they respond to the complaints.

If staff traipsing to their feedback sessions find that they are griping about the same things time and again and nothing changes, then they really will get fed up.

Now that’s a party

The Queen wasn’t there. In fact, there wasn’t a single Royal in sight.

But all the guests who enjoyed an afternoon of hospitality and 
entertainment at Lord Provost Donald Wilson’s inaugural Edinburgh garden party at Lauriston Castle were there for a good 
reason – they have made a special contribution to their local community.

Whether they are charity fundraisers, tireless volunteer workers or Olympic athletes, they have all done something special to brighten the lives of their fellow Edinburgh citizens.

Each deserves our gratitude, any credit which comes their way, and all the crustless cucumber sandwiches they want.

Importantly, thanks to sponsorship from Virgin Money, the event did not cost a penny in public funds.

Let’s hope this is the first of many Edinburgh garden parties at which the city’s unsung heroes get a small reward for everything they do throughout the rest of the year.