Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Glasgow Labour Council of shame flag up £90 million pounds of spending cuts over the next two years, the people need new vision at City Chambers

Dear All

Glasgow is controlled by a Labour Council of shame.

And it is shame, shame that the people of Glasgow must suffer until they have the courage to kick them out and return the city to the people.

Glasgow Labour Party has treated them as second class citizens.

The latest implosion facing the people under Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson are a £90 million-plus cuts over the next two years.

Tony Blair famously said:

‘Education, education, education’!

And in part education is a route out of poverty for some so why the slow learning curve at Glasgow Council?

In the Glasgow Labour Council of shame education is taking the brunt of cuts as the city’s weak leadership struggle to balance the books despite getting the more money from the Scottish Government budget for a council than anyone else.

Gordon Matheson, Glasgow city council leader says:

“This is the hardest budget we have ever faced. All I am asking the Scottish Government to do is be fair to Glasgow”.

How much more fairer can they be when Glasgow Council gets the most money of any Scottish Council?

Glasgow suffers from an ideas vacuum when it comes to making money, schools are underused; they could make income from providing services which the College Sector has tapped into.

New vision is needed in Glasgow about what a school is used for, it is time to go multi purpose.

Public service reform is sorely needed as Glasgow is paralysed by the jobsworth brigade who cannot see past the end of their noses.

Why aren’t Councils making profits, if the private sector can do surely so can a local authority.

The problem is top heavy management who have no aspiration because that’s the way they have always done it.

So, what is the problem to be addressed?

Volume, Council Services and ALEOS need to be financially, educationally and attractive to boost their appeal and get a greater share of the citizen’s income.

People will pay for quality and good service, but does Glasgow offer that?

Everyone has their council horror story to tell including me.

Yes, there has to be cuts but there also has to be vision and planning to help the Council make money and Schools and Sports Centres can be test beds for improving quality and service delivery.

Public Service reform must be geared towards maximising opportunities for both the city and the people.

It is about time that the Labour Council of shame paid more attention to the needs of the people of Glasgow.

Any halfwit can cut a budget but it is a false economy because they don’t understand the fundamental principle:

‘The business of business is business!’

Money is out there; you just have to have a business plan that works, maybe Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson should get a grip of his full pay ‘part time job’ Councillors.

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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