Thursday, June 24, 2010

Labour Councillor of shame Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson says £40m of new cuts for Glasgow are coming down pipeline, Glaswegians suffer again

Dear All

When the Commonwealth Games were announced politicians from all parties cheered, I didn’t.


Because I knew that ordinary Glaswegians would suffer.

Now, the backlash has started as Glasgow’s residents will see cuts coming harder and sooner after the Labour Council of shame is having trouble balancing the books for the next financial year.

Money which could be used to shore up services and jobs will be diverted to the Games.

Typically the Labour Party has gone down the road of wanting the big white elephant project when everyone knows that there is an economic crisis.

City officials say that they will need £40 million in savings in 2011/12 to head off a cut to the money they are allocated from Government.

Glaswegians can expect savage cuts as the axe from Westminster trickles through to local government level.

As we as cuts to services, Glasgow City Council is shedding 4000 staff over the next three years, 4,000 people flung into the jobs market that is already saturated.

At present only few details have emerged from Wednesday’s emergency budget at Westminster so planning is difficult but expect the worse.

One thing which will become is a shrunken public sector; I would expect Glasgow to try and offload as many departments as possible to the private sector and create more Aleos.

One of the things which will suffer is public accountability which currently is the hallmark of the Aleos setup under the Steven ‘bin laden’ Purcell Empire. The ‘Prince of Powder’ had already started destroying infrastructure in Glasgow.

Glasgow is not the only Council facing cuts, Aberdeen is looking to save £120 million over the next five years, Inverclyde Council is also facing a £23 million pound hole to be plugged.

The leader of Glasgow Labour Council of shame Gordon Matheson is appealing for local authorities to be treated “equally and fairly”.

I find that an odd statement as I cannot remember an incident when Glasgow wasn’t treated equally and fairly, Glasgow gets the most per head of population of any council in Scotland.

Is Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson advocating that all Councils should get the same per head of population?

I don’t think so.

Glasgow’s problem is the Labour Council of shame has allowed itself to become a crony ridden cesspit where the ‘not so bright’ rise to the top based on Labour Party membership and connections.

There will be cuts but not the brains to generate profit; this is Glasgow City Council, a Council of shame.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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