Scotland's Shameful Local Authority Scandals Just Keep Mounting Up

By McColm, Euan | Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), May 29, 1998 | Go to article overview

Scotland's Shameful Local Authority Scandals Just Keep Mounting Up


McColm, Euan, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)


North Lanarkshire looks to have won the race to win the title of Scotland's sleaziest council.

Against tough competition from Glasgow and Renfrewshire, the Labour members who run the authority have presided over some of the worst scandals to hit local politics in recent years.

The taxpayers of towns like Holytown, Airdrie and Coatbridge can rely on their elected members to bring disgrace on their communities with alarming regularity.

Just a few days ago, members showed that lessons had not been learned.

It was revealed Provost Vincent Mathieson was leading a four-person delegation to Scotland's World Cup clash with Brazil - with taxpayers picking up the pounds 2000 tab.

In a last minute attempt to save face, the council later said it would be giving two of the tickets to local people.

The emergence of a catalogue of shame has seen police called to the civic centre in Motherwell to investigate claims that councillors were calling up porn on the Internet.

That inquiry - which has seen one politician step down from the education committee - is ongoing.

Just two months ago, council leader Harry McGuigan was forced to admit 1200 employees of the council owed it more than pounds 1million in unpaid council tax.

That was a third of the collectable amount and council workers made up one in four identified defaulters.

As if that wasn't bad enough, McGuigan conceded staff with higher than average debts were far less likely than members of the public to face financial arrests so that debts could be recovered.

Of 1081 debtors who had their bank accounts frozen last year, only 28 were council staff.

No sooner were residents trying to digest that than they were told they would have to bail out the council's predecessor, Monk-lands, to the tune of pounds 5.1million.

It was revealed in April the council's accounts were in such disarray auditors could not account for huge amounts of public cash.

North Lanarkshire - many of whose members served on Monklands - duly shelled out.

The Labour Party, already running scared at the sudden rush of support for the SNP, can only look on as tin-pot politicos hand bullet after bullet to the opposition.

The North Lanarkshire story has parallels in other high spending authorities in the West of Scotland.

In Glasgow City Council - where politicians control the biggest annual budget in the country - the Labour Party called in "sleazebusters" to investigate claims that politicians were trading their support for places on foreign trips.

The "Junkets for Votes" inquiry, which began more than 12 months ago, is still unfinished.

Six councillors were suspended and charged with breaking party rules, but a successful bid by Lord Provost Pat Lally to challenge his suspension in court has put further disciplinary action on indefinite hold. In Renfrewshire, councillors are involved in regular battles with SNP opponents which result in the police being called in.

But that is nothing compared to the shame which surrounded the suicide of Paisley South MP Gordon McMaster.

Following his death, MP Tommy Graham and his agent, Councillor Harry Revie were suspended - first because it had been suggested they had bad-mouthed the tragic politician. …

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