Friday, June 3, 2011
Former MSP Frank McAveety urged to throw his hat into the ring as council candidate for Glasgow Council 2012, local politics get interesting again!
In politics the general rule of thumb with your career is to go upwards, occasionally making a sideways move for political advantage.
Rarely do people go backwards.
Frank McAveety, the former Scottish Executive minister and three-times MSP, is possibly going to make a return to frontline politics via Glasgow City Council.
McAveety lost his Shettleston constituency to John Mason, who is incredibly hard working and has now found himself in the political wilderness.
It is said that Labour Party colleagues want him to stand in next year’s local government elections.
And he says he is giving serious consideration to contesting a seat in the east end.
I suspect he would view this as the best way to make an assault on the Shettleston seat in five years time.
As an idea, it is well thought-out; it gives him a role in frontline politics and allows him to chip away at John Mason’s 600 vote majority.
However, Labour shouldn’t underestimate John Mason’s track record and work record, the boy’s a Trojan when it comes to grafting away.
He will be out and about building on that 600, if I am any judge of character.
If Frank McAveety does return to the Council, it will be a threat to Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson, who is a terrible leader of men and women.
McAveety is a big name in the way that Matheson is not.
Frank McAveety said:
“People are chatting to me without me being too much of a hostage to fortune. It’s about me responding to people. My whole purpose has been to represent people and to influence things for the benefit of the east end. As council leader I had the People’s Palace refurbished, and housing and schools improved. As sports minister, I ensured the National Indoor Sports Arena and the big sporting bodies came to the east end. The reality is that over the next few years we need to hold the SNP to everything they promised as they gave the idea they cared about Glasgow.”
Well, we have seen the idea of Labour’s ‘care’ for decades in deprived communities like Possil, Arden and Pollok.
A colleague said:
“It’s a no-brainer for Frank if he’s looking a platform to take on the Nats and try and get back to Parliament. People like him and he’s got the profile.”
And he has got a bus!
However, Frank has some baggage, in 2004 he had to apologise for misleading parliament.
He said he was on ministerial business which had made him late for question time.
It was later found he had actually been eating in the parliament canteen.
The incident was dubbed as “porky pie-gate”.
Last year he resigned as convenor of Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee after being overheard making comments about the “dark and dusky” appearance of a underage girl in the audience.
The comments were broadcast because he had not switched off his microphone.
Gaffes aside, he will probably throw his hat into the ring and I know, he will be keen to win, whether Matheson wants him is another matter.
Matheson has enough trouble fighting the minions who are in revolt; they just need a leader to burn their way to a new paradise.
Failing that engineer how to get more money!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University