No inquiry, no investigation – no charges

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{jcomments on}In June 1976 singer J.J. Barrie took a Country and Western song written by Harlan Howard to the number 1 slot in the UK charts. The song celebrated motherhood and the sacrifices a mother makes for her offspring.

 

It was written in the form of a mothers reply to her young son who has produced a list of chores he had carried out that week together with his ‘charge’ in dollars for each chore.  The mother responds with her own list; a list of the sacrifices she has made out of the love she has for her son; the song was called ‘No Charge’.

This week saw the latest ‘cover version’ of that same song as the Scottish media quite casually reported that there would be neither an inquiry nor any investigation into the fallout at Glasgow City Council following the Steven Purcell scandal.

 

There was no media outrage at this announcement and no furious editorials; in fact no serious questioning whatsoever of the decision by Audit Scotland and Strathclyde Police to simply drop the matter.  As far as these bodies were concerned the goings on were nothing to do with them, there would be no investigation which meant no evidence would be uncovered and therefore those involved would face……. ‘no charges’.

It’s almost impossible to envisage a more serious or scandalous series of revelations than the ones that have emerged this last few weeks from Glasgow council.

 

Here we had one of Labour’s most high profile Scottish based politicians resigning and fleeing the country in disgrace without answering a single question.  An English newspaper reporting that this politician had admitted taking cocaine, that he had been interviewed by drugs enforcement officers in his office and that he had been connected by them to drug dealers.

It is also reported that these officers were concerned that the politician may have left himself open to blackmail from these same gangsters.  If true, then that alone leads one to ask what it was that the police believed could have been used in order to blackmail this politician?  Were they aware of the aforementioned allegations of drug use? If so, why was an investigation not carried out then?  If it wasn’t drug use then what else did the police feel could have been used against this senior Labour politician?

 

Remember that this individual was in control of an annual budget in excess of £2 billion, he was making decisions that would affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of Glasgow citizens.

 

Subsequent revelations involving local authority owned companies, public cash going to the Labour party and contracts to businesses owned by senior Labour donors led to cross party calls for an investigation into the council.

 

A more clear-cut case for an independent inquiry in order to restore public confidence in Scotland’s largest local authority is difficult to imagine.

 

Of course we now that isn’t going to happen, the matter has been dropped and concerned citizens of Glasgow have been told to ‘move along, there’s nothing to see’.

 

Only media pressure can compel Audit Scotland and the police to change their minds and carry out an inquiry; but that media pressure simply isn’t there – nor is it likely to appear.

 

Shut Up:

The calls for an inquiry were also dismissed by Labour politician Willie Bain who described them as nothing more than political smears – Bain’s response to concerned individuals was an arrogant “Put up or shut up”.  The Secretary of State for Scotland Jim Murphy subsequently twisted and contorted the justifiable criticisms of Labour over the affair as an ‘attack on Glasgow’.

 

Murphy made this ridiculous claim in a webcast hosted by the BBC’s political editor Brian Taylor, the comments formed the basis for equally ridiculous ‘Stop knocking Glasgow’ headlines on the BBC Scotland news website.  The Scotsman newspaper also decided that this contrived tripe deserved mention and so told us that ‘Super Murph’ had donned his cape and ‘leapt to the defence of Glasgow’.

 

The truth of course is that it wasn’t Glasgow that was under attack – it was the Labour party – as these news outlets well knew.  Depressingly, The Scotsman’s publishers will soon be controlling independent Scottish TV news output.  Scotland is about to consolidate her position as the most politically ignorant country of all Western developed nations.

 

BBC censorship:

Not content with headlining Murphy’s words (again) the BBC in Scotland descended further into the ‘Orwellian pit’ they are currently excavating.

 

In a worrying escalation of the corporation’s recent fondness for censorship in Scotland the BBC ‘Blether with Brian’ blog was closed to comments at 08:06 AM on Friday morning – the eve of the Labour party conference in Glasgow. 

 

The comments only re-opened at 13:00 on Saturday afternoon with no explanation for the closure.  It has been claimed that the Scottish comment facility was the only one to be restricted in this fashion.  As has already been reported by this site, the BBC has been systematically censoring comments to the Scottish blog ever since the Purcell story broke.

 

The Network:

So no inquiry, no investigation, no media outrage and dissenting voices all but silenced.

 

Delegates and reporters attending the weekend’s Labour party conference in Glasgow will step over a metaphorical chalk outline of two bodies, one is that of the old Labour party and the other is the Scottish media.

 

There is an ever growing view amongst many that the Labour party in Scotland is now no more than a network of vested interests, political cronyism and patronage – that the old party’s soul has long since been eaten away by greed, avarice and corruption.

 

The conference will feature prominently in BBC news schedules both UK wide and in Scotland.  This will be in stark contrast to the recent SNP conference coverage which was ‘Purcellesque’ in nature (lack of media interest and almost impossible to find).

 

Many Scots will watch as reporters and pundits alike tell us that the Labour ‘fight back’ has begun, that the SNP are ‘Tories in disguise’, that the two horse race is neck and neck and that Labour can prevail.

 

However listen carefully and you just might be able to catch the ghost of old Labour as it sings mournfully: 

 

Possessing and using cocaine – no charge

Connections to gangsters – no charge

Fleeing the country – no charge

Donating public cash to Labour – no charge

Contracts to Labour donors – no charge

Flipping houses – no charge

Cash for honours – no charge

Illegal wars – no charge

Causing the death of a once proud party – no charge

 

Meanwhile, the whereabouts and wellbeing of the man touted as the next leader of Labour at Holyrood and a possible next First Minister of Scotland remains unknown.

 

Finally:

For those who see nothing wrong with the Scottish media coverage of the whole Purcell affair then imagine instead of Purcell, Labour and Glasgow being at the centre of the scandal that it was instead Boris Johnston, the Conservatives and London that was the focus.

 

Yep, the English media would still be savaging the Conservatives over this and a posse of journalists would now be closing in on the whereabouts of the ‘Tory Fugitive’.

 

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22 COMMENTS

  1. You`re good with that hammer, Ed. That`s just about all the nails smacked squarely on the heid.

    But what can be done about all this when so many considerable forces are ranged against, not only us, but the truth itself.

    Audit Scotland, who have responsibility for investigating matters such as these are inexplicably loth to do so, the police have discovered a “Nelsonian Eye” to turn towards evidence of serious crime and the press and media appear to be under a grip tighter than that exerted by the Kremlin over Tass.

    It strains my comprehension that there is one person, anyone, anywhere, who is convinced by the Labour party, the Police and the news industry in Scotland with their mass, concerted denial of the glaringly obvious.

    No wonder so many of the very brightest Scots cannot bear to live in their homeland and leave.

  2. Fair comment.

    Off topic, can anyone shed any light on what’s going on with Brian Taylor’s blog?

    I pay my Propoganda Tax the the BBC every month and I’m not willing to accept this reduction in service. I want to know what Brian’s explanation is for this and I want his blog re-opened immediately.

    • Whilst I am horrified at this turn of events; I genuinely thought that with that much corruption swilling about, someone was bound to be banged up!!, I can’t say I’m at all surprised.

      It is becoming increasingly obvious that we now live in a Stalinist Nation, where the (real) ruling party exert influences over every area of our lives, and we are to be good little sheep and accept the occasional dipping in manure.

      We have an SNP Government, we have a Justice Minister who must surely be able to exert some influence over the decisions made by Audit Scotland and the Police Forces involved??

      Surely?

  3. I dont think that we will see Chemical Stevie ( Mr Purcell ) back in Scotland ever again,he has obviously been involved in some serious stuff and has been forced to join Lord Lucan !!

  4. It’s too late for the current parliament, but if the SNP form the govcernment in 2011 then they must tackle the corruption and anti-democratic behaviour of the unionists. The gloves must come off and the new govt. use all the powers it can muster and make democracy for Scotland its core policy.

    • [quote name=”hbob”]It’s too late for the current parliament, but if the SNP form the govcernment in 2011 then they must tackle the corruption and anti-democratic behaviour of the unionists. The gloves must come off and the new govt. use all the powers it can muster and make democracy for Scotland its core policy.[/quote]

      If only hbob! I’m an SNP supporter/member/voter, and the more I see of the corrupt core, the less inclined I am to believe that it WILL change.

      Nicola Sturgeon’s rousing speech about shining a light on the murky dealings, all seems like a distant memory now – it seems that the Scottish Government are not able to force an enquiry into wrongdoings which are actually proven, far less dig until they reach the seam of filth that is at the core of many Scottish Councils.

      I’m feeling a bit jaded today, when you are let down on an issue like this, it’s hard to accept.

  5. I have an idea. How about petitioning the Scottish parliament to create a Scottish media standards body to act as a check and balance against bias in the Scottish media.

    It only takes one signature to petition the parliament and each petition MUST be discussed by the relevant committee.

    Perhaps the work of the Scottish Broadcasting Commission could be extended?

  6. Martin & Brusqe

    There are quite a number of things that could no doubt be done but what is needed is the political will of the SNP. The SNP’s ‘soft’ strategy has its merits and has got it into government. But will it get us to independence? I think the biggest obstacle to independence is the media’s unanimous and relentless hostility and preparedness to play dirty. The media can’t be ‘charmed’ in the same way as the electorate, many of whom are prepared to give parties a fair consideration. The media are so hostile in any case I can’t see that the SNP have got much to lose. People are already being turned off to a certain extent by the media so an even greater hostility by the media to the SNP, especially when the subject is the media itself, could be counter-productive.

  7. CONTINUED

    Of course, it would pay to keep such a strategy under wraps until a government is actually formed or another minority administration might be foiled – but then that’s the nature of the struggle unfortunately.

  8. Why is the Justice Secretary still sitting on his hands ? If there is to be any justice,surely he must instruct a proper investigation into the Purcell affair. If the Justice Secretary cannot do something, nothing will be done.

    • [quote name=”Somerled”]Why is the Justice Secretary still sitting on his hands ? If there is to be any justice,surely he must instruct a proper investigation into the Purcell affair. If the Justice Secretary cannot do something, nothing will be done.[/quote]

      That is what I would like to know. It is not unusual for Governments or even Police Forces, to keep their powder dry, but the Glasgow City Council affair is HUGE, and as a tacx payer I feel I have a right to expect that every decision made in the last 5 years should be transparent. I don’t think it is too much to ask.

  9. Mr Purcells latest location ! Atlantic ocean,an oil drum with a notification on the outside which says !
    [b]WARNING ![/b]
    CONTAINS CHEMICAL HAZARD.
    G.C.C.

    • According to the Sunday times, Stephen Purcell was last seen in a Glasgow car park in an “agitated” state while rich powerful men “decided his fate”.

      If he was thinking of what had very recently happened in another Glasgow car park, Mr. Purcell may have felt he had very good reason to be “agitated”.

      Humour has it`s place, but it`s not here.

    • [quote name=”ordinaryenglishbloke”]And between Blair and Brown the Labour Party has fucked England as well as Glasgow![/quote]

      As an SNP member & voter, I can honestly say I sympathise with you & your country, because what you write is absolutely true, However, what your country is experiencing now, is what Scotland experienced under THATCHER.. Scotland did not vote for her or her party, whereas England did vote for the government of today…Hence their HUGE majority…Hopefully you will have learned the lesson Scotland did after Maggie & send the lot packing…

      • As an SNP member & voter, I can honestly say I sympathise with you & your country, because what you write is absolutely true, However, what your country is experiencing now, is what Scotland experienced under THATCHER.. Scotland did not vote for her or her party, whereas England did vote for the government of today…Hence their HUGE majority…Hopefully you will have learned the lesson Scotland did after Maggie & send the lot packing…[/quote]
        I agree Maggie got it wrong in respect of Scotland but if the Scots don’t wake up to just how pissed off England is with the financial and political dominance that Scotland now exercises over it’s southern neighbour the Scots will lose out very badly. Our patience is running out. I for one wish the SNP well in Scotland. Help us get rid of your national embarrassement in Downing Street.

  10. It is indeed scary that amid police fears of blackmail, some council companies have developed a 12 million pound shortfall in the expected finances for last year????

    I am not suggesting anything other than stating that I find it concerning that amid such official police suspicion, no one is charged with protecting public finances from what is perceived to be criminal gangs peddling drugs, blackmailing and mob corruption.

  11. I have just written to BBC Scotland asking about certain stories being missing on their site, as it never seems to get updated. I think Newsnet Scotland is an excellent website but I would like to know what could be done to bring an awareness to people about just what is going on with our media. They have a ‘Labour’s front bench team’ article on the BBC Scotland site, what do we want to see that for?? What could be done, everyone is trying to think of good ideas, there must be something.

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