Thursday, 29 October 2009

Labour refuse to debate serious crime in Glasgow

Dramatic gestures are best used sparingly or they fail to be effective. Today, the SNP group in Glasgow City Council felt the need for such a gesture.


As a group, we left the Chamber with disappointment and heavy hearts as a result of the Labour group’s refusal to debate serious and organised crime in this city.


All groups have the right to submit a motion for debate at the full meeting of the Council. The motion we submitted for today’s meeting, despite being advised by the Council’s lawyer that it was legally sound, was rejected by the Lord Provost. Under article 7(1) of the Council’s Standing Orders, the LP will decide all matters of order, competence and relevance.


This is the motion as it stood – I think most people would agree that it is relevant and competent to the people of Glasgow. Sadly, Labour don’t see it that way.


Council affirms its commitment to tackling serious and organised crime in partnership with Strathclyde Police and other organisations.


Council notes that a triple shooting and murder was carried out at Applerow Motors, 730 Balmore Road, during working hours. A development of luxury flats next to the MOT station, both of which are owned and/or affiliated with the Lyons family, was burned down on two separate occasions, the most recent being in February of this year. The Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police wrote to the Licensing Committee to say that the owner of the MOT station was involved in serious crime including the trafficking and supply of Class A drugs.


Council notes that whilst the Licensing Committee has as a result refused the second hand car dealership licence at the site, the UK Secretary of State for Transport has so far declined to exercise his powers to revoke the MOT authorised examiner licence.


Council resolves to formally request that the UK Secretary of State for Transport exercise his powers to revoke the MOT authorised examiner licence from David Lyons and the premises of Applerow Motors, Lambhill.


7 comments:

Bucket of Tongues said...

Out of interest, did the Labour group give reasons for their refusal?

Anonymous said...

Shameful actions from Glasgow's SNP Group yet again.

As a resident in Glasgow I was looking forward to read in the press if the group would make a call for their bosses in Edinburgh to reinstate the GARL project.

Ripped off Glasgow yet again

Anonymous said...

As for what Bucket of Tongues asked - is it not the case that the Chair ( Lord Provost ) would ask legal advice on this issue as it could be seen as liable in a Court of Law - and its not a matter of the Labour or any other group to deem whats on the agenda.

I suppose either way the SNP Group were going to take a hammering over this.

Out of interest , what are your views on GARL BellegroveBelle ??

BellgroveBelle said...

Our group asked the Chief Solicitor to the Council before submitting the motion if the wording was sound, and it was agreed that it was.

The LP pulled the motion, saying in his view it wasn't competent.

I don't make a habit of responding to anonymous comments. If you identify yourself, I might consider it!

Anonymous said...

Moi ? - a follower of politics in Scotland and a politics student at Strathclyde Uni that happened to fall upon your website from Yapping Yousef's.

As I don't have a Google Account i cant log in so anon i will have to remain.

However, saying you don't comment on anonymous comments is a cop out. What if i "doorsteped" you in your ward - if you hadn't seen me before what would you say - sorry i don't talk to people i don't know.

So in the words of Paxo , and in the nicest possible terms as your blog seems good, - answer the question ,what are your views on GARL ?

joe90 kane said...

As I don't have a Google Account i cant log in so anon i will have to remain.
- You don't need to log in,
just leave your id-name anywhere in your comment.
It's simple enough to do and it's a common enough practice.

However, saying you don't comment on anonymous comments is a cop out. What if i "doorsteped" you in your ward - if you hadn't seen me before what would you say - sorry i don't talk to people i don't know.
- Asking about GARL in a blog post about some other issue is like New Labour side-stepping or refusing to debate crime in Glasgow.
It's even like Strathclyde Uni New Labour club members refusing to mention the word 'socialism' never mind talk about it.

Of course, if they ever did mention 'socialism' it would ruin their future career prospects as a New Labour apparatchik and member of New Labour's nomenklatura with its system of patronage and privilege.

joe90 kane said...

By the way,
has anyone noticed the eery resemblance between David Cameron and his saying basically nothing about what he's going to do if he wins the next election - and Tony Blair saying basically nothing beforehand before he won his first election?

And I thought the Tories were different to New Labour when it came to Europe - it didn't take Cameron long to make sure the British won't be given any say-so in the matter of British sovereignty and the Lisbon Treaty.