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The Purcell Strings

Reading the papers and blogs over the last couple of weeks, there was always the underlying theme that there was more to Glasgow City Council leader Steven Purcell’s resignation than simply stress/exhaustion/cocaine addiction. Alarm bells started ringing when one of Scotland’s most expensive solicitors was appointed as Purcell’s spokesman in the wake of his resignation, first as Council Leader and then as a councillor.

So it was really no surprise when the Sunday Times this morning published a story involving Purcell, multi millionaire businessman, Willie Haughey, Scottish Enterprise, former first minister Jack McConnell and even the Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

There’s a rule of thumb, don’t know if it has anything more than apocryphal basis, that if there is a  Labour political scandal, there’ll be someone somewhere caught with their fingers in a till, whilst  a Tory political scandal will mean someone has their fingers caught in someone else.

There’s allegedly a few fingers in a few tills HERE

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  1. Some comment from Gerry Hassan

    In much of the west of Scotland, the party’s hinterland runs from the Scottish establishment of lawyers and teachers, to business people and property developers and, in some places, includes connections with the criminal underworld.

    The party denies this characterisation, that it is tribal and nepotistic, that its network reaches into unedifying places and that its reward structure is fundamentally anti-democratic.

    It took Scottish Labour under devolution to get to its fifth leader, Iain Gray, before it had an election. Donald Dewar, Henry McLeish, Jack McConnell, Wendy Alexander — not one was openly elected through competition, although with Dewar this was understandable, as his role was pre-eminent at the time.

    Every recent Scottish Labour leader has attempted to use the the discredited party machine to bring about progressive ends.

    Lots of the “modernisers” combined the old ways with supposedly new ends, and became even worse than the old types in the process.

    Scottish Labour cannot go on like this if it wants to have a vibrant future. The party has dramatically and publicly to change, to renew itself. It has to announce this change and attempt to reintroduce itself to the public.

    This would involve a Labour leader having the courage to say openly that the old ways don’t work any more and are counterproductive, that the party was going to dismantle the old Labour state and embark on a new era of politics.

    This would be Scottish Labour’s Clause Four moment and could be bigger than that. It would be a moment of epiphany, igniting Scottish politics and terrifying Labour’s opponents. The question is, will Scottish Labour have the prescience to embark on this route or will it continue for as long as it can to embrace the politics of familiarity and the old ways?

    • “A moment of epiphany” … hilarious!!!

      And, in the process, do you expect this new leader to walk on water and supply all the wine for public functions by using the public water supply?

      “Not the Messiah” .. how aptly named, in relation to your aspirations for the Laborious Party

      NB – Benjamin Franklin is quoted as saying that insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly, and expecting a different outcome

  2. I love how the polis “visited him in the city chambers and warned him that he was a possible target for blackmail because of his cocaine” … eh?, rather than bust his ass, which would happen to most other punters … unless you’re Pete Docherty

    Be interesting to see if the Tory rags can actually produce any actual evidence rather than these “allegations” from a “source”

    My own “sources” tell me that some “serious” organised crime individuals were heavily involved … and this Haughey info is merely a distraction from the nastier stuff

    Democracy in action, yet again

    Power corrupts … ultimate power corrupts, ultimately

    • Stu, I’d reckon they must have evidence. I doubt Mr Haughey would be averse to suing their ass if they had portrayed him inaccurately.

      Big business and serious crime can as you know sometimes be difficult to separate.

      You’re right of course about Purcell’s apparent preferential treatment. Christ! they booked a guy for blowing his nose in a traffic jam! As far as I know he wasn’t even snorting coke!

  3. Oh, and if you saw me talking to the culture meenister, and other politicos at the gig on Thursday, Rab …. I can assure you that no bribes were taken to ensure my silence … but when I introduced myself to the Provost’s second in command, Baillie Heedupmaarse, saying; “I’m no a Baillie, I’m a Tim” … their “security” did hussle me off sharpish, treating me like a smelly jobby

    Perfect

  4. Very few countries have to suffer sectarian politcs apart from India, Iraq, a few others and oh I nearly forgot Scotland.
    The Labour party in Scotland have aleways looked at the demographic make up of constituencies before nominating candidates depending on religious make up of the area.
    Corrupt no Despicable yes
    I am eagerly awaiting a public meeting for the nomination to replace Lord Mcfall of Brucehill to ask the question .
    Were we the only constituency in UK not to notice the recent recession, depression whatever you want to call it, as Dumbarton has looked the same since Mr McFall was first elected decades ago

    • 1987 I think it was Campbell. Disappointed to read about his lavish parties for city bankers in the Private Eye.

  5. The Haughey surname would now seem to be about as honourable in Scottish politics as it was in the Irish version.

    Some of us had been tipped the wink on this chicanery some time ago, and whilst I wouldn’t wipe my arse on it, The Sunday Times is to be commended for lifting the lid on it. Let us now hope that the allegations made here are thoroughly examined and the symbiosis between WoS Labour and the Catholic Church dragged fully into the light. of day.

    What a Purcell of rogues in a nation indeed……..

  6. I wouldn’t wipe my arse on the Times either let alone buy it. The article though didn’t cost me anything to link to (Which apparently doesn’t please Mr Murdoch -oh well). I’m pretty sure any readers here will quickly make up their own minds on it.

    Purcell of rogues….now why didn’t I think of that?

  7. While some of the Times readers appear to be concerned about ‘rumour and innuendo’ in connection with this story, can I just add a few words that surely deserve to be connected to Mr Haughey in this sort of story, viz – Celtic FC, Dominic Keane and fraud.

    see for example

    http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/Former-Livingston-FC-chairman-Dominic.5595801.jp

    http://www.kerrydalestreet.com/page/Willie+Haughey

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