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Strathclyde police have been called in to investigate goings on at a gay drop-in centre run by a Glasgow Labour councillor.

The Daily record is reporting that Glasgow Council officials have handed a dossier to the police after the council carried out an internal investigation into allegations of corruption at The Castro centre.

The centre, which received £50,000 a year from the Labour run local authority, was run by Labour councillor Ruth Black.  It was recently forced to close leaving debts of over £40,000.  Allegations of financial irregularities led to a probe into the centre.

It is understood that tax and national insurance had been deducted from staff wages but not paid, the centre was not properly insured, there were bills relating to gaming machines, a relative of the Labour councillor was employed against grant rules and part of the grant went towards payment for a car.

A previous incarnation of the club, run by the same Labour councillor, also resulted in closure leaving debts of £300,000.  There was outrage when Glasgow Council subsequently awarded the new contract to the same Labour councillor amidst allegations that former Labour leader Stephen Purcell had helped Black win the contract.

Stephen Purcell quit in disgrace and fled the country after detectives interviewed him over cocaine use and links to gangsters.  Ruth Black’s partner Jeanie McDougall is friends with gangster Paul Ferris, she is also the step-sister of drug baron Stewart Boyd, who died in a car crash in Spain in 2003.

SNP group leader James Dornan has made repeated calls for an independent inquiry into goings on at the Labour controlled local authority.  Mr Dornan said he felt sad for the people who used the Castro Club and had now been let down.

He added: "A facility like this is much-needed. Unfortunately, this seems to be another consequence of wrongdoing in the city's Labour Party."

Comments  

 
# Holebender 2010-08-13 08:17
What will it take to damage the Labour vote in Glasgow?
 
 
# G.Macp 2010-08-13 08:57
I think that the SNP or a complaints body being set up to investigate the MSM and then get it kicked into shape would be a start!
Labour depend fully on having the MSM downplay or not report this type of situation!
However, as we all know, they are actively fed stories designed to damage the SNP and keep their voting colonies supplied with the required fodder! Thus ensuring their vote at each election.
 
 
# 1scot 2010-08-13 17:57
Quoting G.Macp:
I think that the SNP or a complaints body being set up to investigate the MSM and then get it kicked into shape would be a start!
Labour depend fully on having the MSM downplay or not report this type of situation!
However, as we all know, they are actively fed stories designed to damage the SNP and keep their voting colonies supplied with the required fodder! Thus ensuring their vote at each election.

Having just watched the 6-30 pm Scottish News on the BBC is more interested in an artist balancing chairs and a poor old sod who notes meticulously how often he cuts the grass. I dont see that changing anytime soon. It's up to us.
 
 
# Moone 2010-08-13 10:53
Publicity.... just publicity. The problem is as always getting that spotlight to shine where it belongs.
 
 
# Gill 2010-08-13 22:08
We don't all live in Glasgow
 
 
# Marian 2010-08-13 08:24
Yet another example of how corrupt Labour in Scotland has become.

The Labour controlled MSM in Scotland will of course ignore its implications yet again.
 
 
# chicmac 2010-08-13 10:36
 
 
# Mac 2010-08-13 11:09
Spot on!
 
 
# G.Macp 2010-08-13 11:34
Class! I like that a lot!! :O)
 
 
# Astonished 2010-08-13 12:09
Excellent - more please.
 
 
# GrassyKnollington 2010-08-13 16:38
lol, that's good. I know there's a lot of tape there but surely it didn't take Brian Taylor two months to wrap that parcel?
 
 
# Alx1 2010-08-13 08:47
I think we all agree that there is serious problems within the Labour party, mainly in the Glasgow area, but not exclusive to Glasgow.

James Dornan is right to call (repeatedly) for an Independent inquiry
on this matter.

'Sleaze' is one of the main problems the Labour party has in Scotland so therefore it is one of their biggest weaknesses.

So I hope that James Dornan and the Scottish government, keep shouting out about Labours weakness at every opportunity, be it on television, in the newspapers or in Holyrood.

Do what the Labour politicians do, keep repeating it and get the message out!
 
 
# Harry.Shanks 2010-08-13 09:52
So what do we get on the BBC Website - Scotland News page today?

"MSP's vote against minimum pricing" - it is only when you click on the story you find out that it dates back to JUNE!

This cannot go on.

I for one will contribute towards whatever it takes to set up some kind of Media Monitor facility if it cannot be done at Scot Govt level (broadcasting is a reserved matter - how surprising)
 
 
# chicmac 2010-08-13 10:35
Early days yet, but SMEDDUM might do something.

groups.google.co.uk/.../...
 
 
# 1scot 2010-08-13 18:04
Quoting chicmac:
Early days yet, but SMEDDUM might do something.

groups.google.co.uk/.../...

I await my membership with baited breath.
 
 
# chicmac 2010-08-14 22:56
Welcome aboard.

40+ members signed up in just over a week with another 10 or so on requested invite.

And with little in the way of promotion.

There are a lot of folk out there who have had enough of our so called media.
 
 
# jasp303 2010-08-13 10:48
Perhaps set-up Media Monitor Week 32, 33, 34 and so on... initiative in the speakers corner? Any comments can alert for the next weekly digest and then it cycles.

I assume none of the Newsnet Scotland stories are on the BBC, or are hidden away, (turbine, Riggi remarks and the rest), so there's a load to start with.
 
 
# Mac 2010-08-13 09:55
It is interesting to compare allegations of sleaze and criminality that are continually whirring around the Stephen Purcell's leadership of Glasgow City council, such as the above, and the stories being featured by BBC Scotland, see today's.

bbc.co.uk/.../...

Here we have in effect a non-story by BBC Scotland with follow up comments by Jackie Baillie.

1. A technical problem at BT's switch in Glasgow meant that for a few hours the Scottish Ambulance Service could not answer 999 calls at its centres in Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

2. The contingency plan for such an occasion kicked in immediately, with calls being answered by operators at the Northern Ireland and north west England ambulance service as required. No calls were lost and ambulance service in Scotland was not affected.

You would think that would be the end of it, problem solved as per contingency plans, back slaps all round - but no.

3. BBC Scotland go to Jackie Baillie for her comments, on which she says, "I am shocked that all three of Scotland's ambulance dispatch centres went down at the same time. We need an urgent investigation (calling on Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon to make a statement to MSPs) to establish what went wrong and prevent it happening again."

There are no shocks here for once again we have a contrived poltical story by BBC Scotland that seeks to show the SNP government in a bad light when it is clear that the action plans put in place for such emergencies were an undoubted success.
 
 
# 1scot 2010-08-13 18:06
Quoting Mac:
It is interesting to compare allegations of sleaze and criminality that are continually whirring around the Stephen Purcell's leadership of Glasgow City council, such as the above, and the stories being featured by BBC Scotland, see today's.

bbc.co.uk/.../...

Here we have in effect a non-story by BBC Scotland with follow up comments by Jackie Baillie.

1. A technical problem at BT's switch in Glasgow meant that for a few hours the Scottish Ambulance Service could not answer 999 calls at its centres in Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

2. The contingency plan for such an occasion kicked in immediately, with calls being answered by operators at the Northern Ireland and north west England ambulance service as required. No calls were lost and ambulance service in Scotland was not affected.

You would think that would be the end of it, problem solved as per contingency plans, back slaps all round - but no.

3. BBC Scotland go to Jackie Baillie for her comments, on which she says, "I am shocked that all three of Scotland's ambulance dispatch centres went down at the same time. We need an urgent investigation (calling on Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon to make a statement to MSPs) to establish what went wrong and prevent it happening again."

There are no shocks here for once again we have a contrived poltical story by BBC Scotland that seeks to show the SNP government in a bad light when it is clear that the action plans put in place for such emergencies were an undoubted success.


This must be illegal.
 
 
# springy 2010-08-13 10:38
The Baillie quote has been added. I saw the news item (and copied it) this morning and it wasn't there.

BBC Scotland have twisted a months old good news story (BT's backup system functioning perfectly) into a 'bad' news story.

Why would any parliament issue a statement into something that functioned as intended?

Labour have grabbed the bone and are now running with a BBC inspired lie. Notice how quickly a Labour statement hits the BBC web pages but the attacks on Duncan McNeil's shocking remarks about the Riggi deaths are suppressed.

BBC Scotland are inventing news. The thing is how to inform the general populace of their behaviour?

Something needs to be done abut this.

Is Brian Taylor ill or has he re-discovered his journalistic principles? I only ask as I took a look at his site yesterday and it hasn't been touched for a month.
 
 
# ahumscottish2 2010-08-13 10:48
Hi All,

Just a wee thought on how to reach more people. As we have seen there have been a wealth of talent cotributing to this sight, would it be possible or does someone know someone who may be adept at putting satirical shorts on "you tube" we could entitle it "Not the BBC News" highlighting all unreported news and therefor getting more of the truth out there what about it Online Ed how about you or the staff either doing small snippet interviews and posting on this marvellous site.
 
 
# McCourt 2010-08-13 14:30
Quoting ahumscottish2:
Hi All,

Just a wee thought on how to reach more people. As we have seen there have been a wealth of talent cotributing to this sight, would it be possible or does someone know someone who may be adept at putting satirical shorts on "you tube" we could entitle it "Not the BBC News" highlighting all unreported news and therefor getting more of the truth out there what about it Online Ed how about you or the staff either doing small snippet interviews and posting on this marvellous site.


I would be happy to do a fronting for this. Done a little advertisment thing once a while back and I know my way around a PC enough to film and upload etc. All I'd need is a script cos I cant write to the standard taht would be expected
 
 
# george davie 2010-08-13 11:13
For any new “readers” can I bring to your attention the “Tell 5 to tell 5” campaign?

Purpose?

To bring to the attention of the Scottish public the following.

•The existence of “Newsnet Scotland”- www.newsnetscotland.com

•Petitions regarding the flying of the Saltire over Edinburgh Castle & the return of the William Wallace safe conduct letter to Scotland -http://epetitions.scottish.parliament.uk/list_petitions.asp

•The petition for Scottish independence - www.scottishindependenceconvention.com

Encourage people to do the following.

1.Visit Newsnet Scotland and join in the debate
2.Sign the e-petitions on the Scottish Parliament’s website
3.Sign the petition for Scottish Independence
4.Pass on this communication to 5 others AND ask them to pass on to 5 others
5.Copy – paste - distribute! (handout, post, phone, e-mail to a friend, leave in waiting areas, etc)
 
 
# McGillicuddy Dreams 2010-08-13 11:29
Now this is the kind of investigative journalism that should be appreciated in all media outlets. Our politics would be a much cleaner place ( less thieves and gangsters ) if these journalists had a main platform to ply their trade. The electorate would finally get an honest choice of political party that stood for what they claimed to stand for. I may horse my tv , geldof/pink floyd style. To hell with the licence.
 
 
# Silverlake 2010-08-13 11:58
Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't Ruth Black the Solidarity Councillor who defected to Labour citing Purcell's leadership as the reason that she did so.

Most people at the time found that a bizarre move. I wonder if questions should now be asked what did Labour promise Ruth Black to convince her to defect?
 
 
# springy 2010-08-13 11:58
Seems the BBC were handed this story by one ........ Jackie Baillie.

The Record have given Baillie a platform to rant about this and she has let it be known that she found out about the re-routing of calls on a visit to Northern Ireland Ambulance service on Wednesday.

Have BBC Scotland allowed themselves to be used in order to broadcast Labour inspired scare stories? This may explain how it is that Jackie Baillie's comments appear on the BBC website so swiftly.

Does this break the BBC charter?
 
 
# Astonished 2010-08-13 12:09
The BBC have a charter ?

What does it say - lying is OK ?
 
 
# Mac 2010-08-13 13:36
It would appear that Jackie Baillie, the Daily Record and BBC Scotland are accusing BT, the Scottish ambulance service and the SNP government of being competent, resourceful, caring and of being able to think ahead.

It is also quite clear that Labour party press releases are being regurgitated as somehow factual by both the Daily Record and BBC Scotland.
 
 
# truth 2010-08-13 18:05
Well she better watch her criticism or she may upset many of her Labour MSP colleagues who received free Scotland international football match tickets from BT Scotland.
 
 
# john__ 2010-08-13 13:28
interesting report on the BBC about NHS costs in England... here is a snippet.
"The data shows that the value of the projects when they were built was £11.3bn.

However, over the lifetime of the deals, the NHS is due to pay back £65.1bn, once extra costs such as maintenance, cleaning and catering are taken into account."

Now where is the equivalent freedom of information request from them with regards the cost of PFI projects in Scotland?

John
 
 
# Alx1 2010-08-13 15:51
Quoting john__:
interesting report on the BBC about NHS costs in England... here is a snippet.
"The data shows that the value of the projects when they were built was £11.3bn.

However, over the lifetime of the deals, the NHS is due to pay back £65.1bn, once extra costs such as maintenance, cleaning and catering are taken into account."

Now where is the equivalent freedom of information request from them with regards the cost of PFI projects in Scotland?

John


You beat me to this one John.

I had the same feeling, how much is Scotland going to pay (in total) for the NHS & Education Labour PFI projects.

Also another thing crossed my mind. Why was Labour so adament in pursuing PFI? who gains?
The sceptic in me says theres something 'fishy' here.

I wonder who these private companies are and did they pay any party contributions?

I'm sure there's some members on newsnet, who are good at rooting out the truth, can find out a lot more about these companies.
 
 
# Embradon 2010-08-13 17:54
Someone at the local paper in Cowal has been doing a bit of digging:
dunoon-observer.com/.../...
 
 
# truth 2010-08-13 18:07
Believe it or not the Sunday Herald did a report on this.

It can be viewed here:

pfiexposed.co.uk/.../...
 
 
# rgweir 2010-08-13 15:55
i have had enough,what the hell will it take for our media to be brought to task?
 
 
# enneffess 2010-08-13 17:29
What Gray should be doing is making a decision to sort out the rogue elements within Labour. Not difficult to do when carried out publicly. You highlight shortcomings within your party and make damn sure the voters at local level are aware of this.

But that sounds too much like common sense.
 
 
# Robabody 2010-08-13 18:36
As I remarked in the Obit to Jimmy Reid, that would take leadership - something Mr Gray appears to lack
 
 
# springy 2010-08-13 19:04
Anyone else get the feeling that, just like the Berlin Wall, at some point the Labour/Media dam will burst and the whole rotting edifice will come crashing down?
 
 
# Azg 2010-08-13 19:15
It would be nice to think so, springy. But I think I failed my "O" Grade in Optimism. :(
 

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