It is out; the official explanations for the closure of a controversial gay and lesbian centre, Castro which was linked to shamed ex-council boss Steven ‘bin laden’ Purcell.
A report by Glasgow City Council highlights a series of “irregularities”.
And for good measure, the Police have been called in to investigate.
The centre was dogged by allegations of cronyism which is common to all political parties in power as they fund special interest groups where their party members play an active role.
Before the shutters were dragged down, former Labour Councillor of Shame Ruth Black and her crew who ran it spent £64,000 of taxpayer money.
The rest of the cash £35,000 was not spent and returned to the Council of shame as it was part of a grant.
Ruth Black ran the centre with her long-term partner Jeannie McDougall who has links to her step-brother, the late underworld figure Stewart ‘Specky’ Boyd, and former gangland leader Paul Ferris.
Black has also been interviewed by police over the use and supply of drugs in Purcell’s circle of friends.
Yet again, the Glasgow Labour Party is linked to organised crime.
After the ‘Prince of Powder’ Steven Purcell fled the city, the murky world of how Glasgow Labour Councillors operated had a light shined on it, vast amounts of money, public money ended in the pockets of Labour Councillors of shame.
Already we have seen how Glasgow Labour Party who control the city work, jobs and contracts to family, friends, associates and Labour donors.
One Labour donor Willie Haughey who gave the Labour Party a £1 million pounds benefited to the tune of £20 million in contracts.
In Glasgow, there is an established gay and lesbian group called Glasgay.
These people were bypassed in favour of Ruth Black and Castro, you could say that Glasgay are the market leader rather like Heinz is to bake beans and they missed out on that money.
At present Ruth Black is suspended by the Labour Party as the Police investigation is on going, this is the standard tactic by the Labour Party to bury their problems. One thing I think is certain is that the Glasgow Labour Party will be looking to replace her in 2012.
As for Ruth Black, her political career such as it was is heavily damaged to the extent she is a liability.
Although people can stomach financial incompetence up to a point, cronyism doesn’t sit well with the public.
It doesn’t sit well at all.
And what Labour activists will be willing to campaign for her now?
Even die hard activists draw a line in the sand sometimes when they can't stomach it.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University
Monday, October 25, 2010
Suspended Labour Councillor of shame Ruth Black sees her closed gay centre probed by police over finances, her political career stone cold dead