He was a legend as ‘President Purcell’, head of the Labour fiefdom in Glasgow that nearly brought the Labour Party in Glasgow to its knees as the Council became the ‘Labour Council of Shame’.
Labour realising how bad things had gotten went on to have a ‘night of the long butterknives’ to kick out sitting councilors.
Now, Steven ‘bin laden’ Purcell, the former leader of Glasgow City Council, has broken his three-year silence to make his first contribution to the independence debate.
He is urging Glasgow to plan ahead for a possible Yes vote.
Purcell feels that the city could capitalise on the thousands of jobs which could be created by new government departments.
Opinion which isn’t backed by any facts or announcements by the Scottish Government!
Other than the new Southern General hospital, the Scottish Government under Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon seem to pumping money into the East and North East of Scotland.
Nicola Sturgeon isn’t standing up for Glasgow, even in her own constituency poor working class people found out that they were being discriminated in the key area of health provision.
In Nicola Sturgeon’s own area that she represents!
If this is a return to politics, does Purcell intend to join the Scottish National Party?
Certainly his Labour colleagues will view his hamfisted attempt to grab some headlines as unhelpful.
After his intervention, Purcell stressed he was not advocating a Yes vote.
Once tipped as a future First Minster, his career hit the buffers over drink and drugs; then he fled the scene.
Steven ‘bin laden’ Purcell is politically retired, Labour will not put him back in Glasgow City Council, Gordon ‘free dinners’ Matheson recently disgraced him and added to it his George Square fiasco.
Despite this, Matheson should stay the course, and that leaves no room for Purcell or his sycophantic group of cronies which have undermined democracy in the City of Glasgow.
People have long memories, Purcell crashed and burned rather badly, the route back is blocked, new alliances have been built, power has shifted and he is no longer the political entity he was once was.
In plain language, he is fucked!!!!
He wants Glasgow to have a plan when the SNP Government doesn’t?
That boy’s a complete warmer!
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University