Wednesday 7 April 2010


SNP MP John Mason has been asking what Labour has to hide after Gordon Brown again ducked the subject of recent events affecting the Labour party in Glasgow and their operation of Glasgow City Council.

When asked at Prime Minister’s Questions what Labour wants to hide from an investigation, the Prime Minister ducked the question, despite former leader Steven Purcell reportedly backing an inquiry and Labour donor Willie Haughey also supporting an independent audit.

John who is the only non-Labour MP in Glasgow asked:

“What has Labour got to hide? The more Brown refuses to answer questions and the more Labour dodge these serious issues for the city the more suspicious Labour’s actions look.

“Labour has to answer why they do not want an investigation to get to the bottom of these allegations and clean up the reputation of this city.

“Brown has still to answer SNP questions from three weeks ago over what Downing Street staff knew about Steven Purcell’s personal problems and when they knew it.

“With reports today that staff at CORDIA one of the companies Steven Purcell created are facing jobs losses from Labour budget cuts – days after it was revealed this company paid for drinks parties attended by Steven Purcell Labour’s refusal to even discuss this issue is a betrayal of the people of Glasgow.

“As Labour’s culture of secrecy lets the city down and people risk losing their jobs over Labour’s cuts in the city it is more clear than ever that Glasgow needs local champions to speak up for the people of this city and to protect them from Labour cuts”.

John is right. Since the shock announcement of Steven Purcell’s ill health and his standing down, followed so closely by the tragic death of a close friend, this blog has taken a sympathetic attitude to the man and his problems. But there are serious issues to sort out here and Labour does not want to know about an inquiry.

Surely the people of Glasgow and of Scotland have the right to know what has happened in Glasgow in as much as it has involved their money and now their job losses.

What are you hiding Gordon?


  1. Oh Tris, I'm sure you know the answer. If an independent inquiry was started as well as the wheels coming off the labour machine in Glasgow, the wagon would blow up.

  2. Brown's performance at PMQT yesterday with respect to John Mason was nothing short of a Parliamentary obscenity.

    He made no attempt at answering the question or even anything pertinent to it.

    Instead he used his bullying tactics to tell John to go back to Scotland.

    What was even worse, if that were possible, was that the Speaker made no attempt to intervene and get Brown to make any attempt at an answer.

    First Martin and now Bercow. Westminster really is a festering sore.It is a vile parody of democracy and the sooner we quit it the better.

  3. SR: I didn't know that there were any wheels left on their wagon.

  4. Bugger: John is treated like dirty by Labour in Westminster. I saw him ask a question of that odious aristocratic bitch Harbag at leader of House Questions once and she spoke to him like he was something she had got on her upper class shoe and wanted one of her footmen to get off. The red Tories are sore losers. As SR says, wheels and wagons....

  5. PS... I hope that John can keep his seat. He's the first MP these people have ever had.