Monday, February 27, 2012
Glasgow Labour go with ‘Top guns’ for Glasgow Council election fight as Frank McAveety and Bill Butler stand, Glasgow SNP go with ‘Pop guns’
It seems that high profile Labour Party member and former MSP Frank McAveety is to stand as a councillor for Glasgow.
His appearance on the Labour list isn’t just the starting gun for the council election; it also signals that McAveety is lining up for another title shot against John Mason.
When MacAveety got gubbed last May in the Holyrood election, he spat the dummy on stage and started to talk about “the resurrection” to boos and jeers and cat calls.
Hey; what is going to the count for, if it isn’t to heckle?
I was sorry to see Frank McAveety slotted, met him at a polling station and took he trouble to say hello to me in passing, I said hello back as you do.
So, can McAveety get back on the council?
I would say yes, he is a real politician.
The opposition in the Shettleston Ward is by way of the SNP, Cllr John McLaughlin, who is a very experienced councillor and Adam Miller who is a nonentity.
So, looks like the Glasgow Labour Party is pulling in high profile candidates to defend their heartland of Glasgow, whoever wins Glasgow puts themselves in a strong place to win the referendum.
Doesn’t guarantee the win but is mighty helpful.
Track record is important and McAveety previously served as sports minister and local government minister.
McAveety has had a few gaffes in his colourful career but remains a firm favourite with the public.
Any man who can miss ministerial questions because he was eating pie and beans in the Holyrood canteen can’t be all bad.
As well as McAveety, another former MSP will also be standing as a councillor; Bill Butler who lost his seat at the Scottish Parliament by only seven votes.
He is standing in Ward 3, which is Pollok, his opposition is Cllr David McDonald and Shab Jaffiri, David McDonald is a long standing councillor and Shab Jaffiri is another nonentity.
So, Butler has a decent chance of getting elected, however, he faces an additional problem of disgruntled ex Labour Councillors such as Tommy Morrison who has threatened to stand as an independent or ‘Glasgow Labour’ faction.
Of 45 Labour candidates standing in the city, 23 are existing councillors seeking re-election.
A spokesman for the Labour Party said 20 current candidates are either retiring or have been deselected. The spokesman added there had been a "huge number" of new applicants for the council elections and added that being a Labour councillor "is not a job for life".
The election has been running low key at present with candidates busy doing activism in various wards.
We are at the phoney war stage which runs till the short campaign starts, then it will be all guns blazing.
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University