Saturday, June 25, 2011
Rising Labour Mafia Chief, Paul Rooney grasps top post in city chambers, Glasgow’s Michael Corleone cements position for leadership attempt
The ‘reign of hell’ of Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson is in trouble, as his enemies are on the march, hell bent and drunk on personal ambition.
Matheson is politically dying and so is his weak leadership which has suffered another massive blow.
The fight and struggle for power at the heart of Scotland’s largest local authority has led to the promotion of several rivals of the council’s leader.
The political blowback is the sacking and demotion of some of his core allies.
Labour Councillor of shame Paul Rooney has control of the Council’s purse strings as the City Treasurer.
Another ally George Ryan becomes head of personnel.
Ryan is a surprise choice for personnel since when a woman was involved in a traffic accident outside a polling station; Councillor George Ryan never went to help her.
He just carried on handing out leaflets.
Both Rooney and Ryan are arch critics of the leadership of council leader Gordon Matheson.
There are claims among opposition councillors of a Blair/Brown-style pact between Mr Rooney and Mr Matheson.
Rooney being the Blair character of course.
Veteran councillor Jim McNally, an ally of Mr Matheson, was stripped of the Treasurer’s post.
Matheson has had a bad year within the Labour group as he steers Glasgow towards the rocks, the ‘crew’ have just mutinied.
But this isn’t a mutiny on the Bounty, no Fletcher Christian waits in the wings to save the ‘down trodden’.
As the ‘down trodden’ are wallowing in a sea of cash at the trough.
One senior opposition councillor said:
“It looks to everyone like a deal was struck in exchange for no challenge to Matheson at Labour’s annual general meeting last month and also a bit like grooming the heir apparent. The appointment of Ryan and Rooney to such senior positions shows Team Rooney now very much in the driving seat with Mr Matheson looking more and more like a lame duck leader.”
In a piece of true theatre, the head of the Glasgow Labour Mafia, Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson is keeping his friends close and his enemies closer.
Personally, I don’t see anything to fear from George Ryan, as he strikes me as a typical Glasgow Labour Mafia Hood.
Rooney is the Michael Corleone figure.
Ryan, the Luca Brasi.
The Labour administration has been hit by infighting since the resignation of Steven ‘bin laden’ Purcell as leader over a year ago, Purcell fled the city with the Police hot on his heels over drug allegations which proved to be true as he coughed to being a cocaine user.
More infighting is bound to continue as individual Councillors wonder if next year at the Council elections they will be returned.
One thing is certain, Rooney might be on the way up but he still has to politically kill all his enemies to take over.
‘Don’ Rooney will have to see Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson sleeps with the fishes, at some point to take overall control.
And it won’t be a fish supper, two pickles and a can of irn bru.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University