Monday, June 28, 2010

'Two Pay Packets' Jack McConnell joins the House of Lords but plans to stay on as Labour MSP, no luck Motherwell and Wishaw

Dear All

Its bad news, Labour MSP Jack McConnell isn’t standing down after he takes his seat in the House of Lords.

The people in Motherwell and Wishaw are out of luck.

'Two pay packets' Jack must be over the moon, extra cash in expenses and chance to bounce around London.

As I said the people of his area will be out of luck with their out of touch MSP, normal service is no service.

I wonder how much effort he puts in to make their lives better!

McConnell was Scotland’s longest-serving First Minister and was awarded a life peerage in last month’s dissolution Honours List following the General Election.

He isn’t going with my title but has instead taken the title Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale, the name of the family farm on Arran where he grew up.

More contempt for the people of his area, even Glaswegian bam Michael Martin chose to include in his title of the area where he was MP.

Watching McConnell was his lame duck wife, Bridget who runs Glasgow Life, the new name of Culture and Sport.

Glasgow life for the staff at the leisure quango means strike action as ‘Lady’ McConnell wants to change their pay and conditions.

The Lady of the Manor wants to make them poorer.

She gets circa £132k a year.

So, Lord McConnell who turns 50 will be fighting the ‘Pigsty’ constituency in May’s Holyrood election.

The joke is that McConnell is being described as a working peer; do the people of Motherwell and Wishaw feel they have got a good bargain?

Has he improved their lives?

McConnell says his new duties would not interfere with his role as an MSP.

He has a role?

Does that come with soup?

He said:

“In the past 18 months I’ve been able to maintain a good voting record in the Scottish Parliament and have an active record in my constituency as its MSP at the same time as I was spending up to two days a week either abroad or in London dealing with the agenda for post-conflict countries. So I have absolutely no doubt that in this first year it will be possible for me to be active in the Lords for part of the week and in the Scottish Parliament and my constituency for the rest of the week.”

Did he even consider being a full time MSP given he is paid a full time wage?

I think the people of Motherwell and Wishaw need to elect a better class of politician, one who will work completely for them.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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