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> Council 'Jobs For The Boys'?, Complaint over ex-MSP appointment
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post 21st Jul 2012, 09:29am
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The SNP yesterday condemned the appointement of a Labour ex-MSP to a 50,000 job with Labour-run Glasgow City Council. Tom McCabe, who lost his Hamilton seat to an SNP candidate at the Holyrood election in 2011, has been appointed to the post of 'policy advisor' to Land and Environmental Services. The SNP claim the post is supposed to be a non-political role.

Graeme Hendry, SNP group leader on the council, claimed that this was yet another example of "jobs for the boys". Mr Hendry added:

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"Glasgow Labour's murky history is clearly not in the past after appointing a failed Labour politician to a post that is supposed to be politically neutral.

Not only is he a former Labour minister, he also ran the council campaign in Glasgow and has aligned himself to ensure he gets a top spot.

Earning a reported salary of just under 50,000 a year is yet another slap in the face to the people of Glasgow. The list of incompetence and jobs for the boys goes on.

I've raised my concerns with the chief solicitor at the council.

Tom McCabe has mastered the art of golden handshakes and has been handsomely rewarded for his part in the council campaign.

This post is supposed to be non-political – what assurances can he make to the people of Glasgow that he will not be putting his allegiances to Labour first?"

James Dornan, SNP MSP for Glasgow Cathcart, said:
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"The people of Glasgow will be watching this appointment with interest given the recent spate of retirements and redundancies.

It certainly appears that once again Glasgow Labour is using council taxpayers' money for party political purposes."

Does the SNP have a valid point? Or does the experience and knowledge of the former MSP and minister make him a valuable addition to an important part of the city administration?

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post 21st Jul 2012, 11:12am
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Surely he would have to have been interviewed and had the qualifications for the post?
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Jupiter
post 21st Jul 2012, 12:52pm
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In a case like this surely it would be appropriate for the vacancy to be advertised on the open market in order to draw a good cross section of candidates.
In answer to the question I believe the SNP has a valid point in trying to establish that a proper selection procedure was carried out.
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post 21st Jul 2012, 12:56pm
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I no longer live in Glasow so I am unfamiliar with lococal government issues, but the principle are the same for all government or should be. We had a similar case with our district council which is like Glasgow a large council and were told the appointment was in an advisorary capacity only. We the people of the district were not buying it and revolted, eventually the council conceded the post was surplus tp requirements on further investigation. But are we really surprised by the 'Jobs for the Boys' you only have to look at Tony Blairs time in government where it was blatantly rife, as like in anything people are led by example and Tony gave a very bad example, so much so it continues today, if he got away with it why shouldn't we, I can hear them say. i rest my case!
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post 21st Jul 2012, 01:03pm
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There should be no 'No Jobs for the Boys' but are we really surprised that it goes on! You just have to look at Tony Blairs government there wa a prime example of 'Jobs for the Boys' and it continues today because the thinking is if he could get away with it why shouldn't we. Good and Bad leadership starts at the top so if it is broke look at the top and get it fixed.
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post 21st Jul 2012, 01:08pm
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The people of Glasgow voted for no change, that's exactly what their getting.
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post 21st Jul 2012, 01:30pm
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jagz what has this got to do with this man getting a job?
Are you making a point?
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post 21st Jul 2012, 02:01pm
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He lost his seat because his policies were rubbish. Labour has no politics it just a career opportunity for numpties.
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post 21st Jul 2012, 02:07pm
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Jagz, I get your point but as one of the people of Glasgow, I can assure you that I most definitely voted for change. The Labour party have been getting away with this behaviour for years. Don't understand why anyone is surprised by the fact that this is still going on. Oh.. thats right , they promised change if they got voted back in. Mary
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post 21st Jul 2012, 02:13pm
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What is going on?Has this man been appointed irregularly?Is it a shoo in?
It may be the case that the proper procedure has been carried out.
Does anyone know?
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post 21st Jul 2012, 03:03pm
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I would assume a semblence of proper procedure was followed Jupiter, probably just enough to cover the legalities and to keep everything right should ever questions be asked. As always this is all speculation and I have no way to prove or disprove that this was a case of "jobs for the boys" but Jupiter have you got proof that its not? Mary
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post 21st Jul 2012, 03:43pm
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Perhaps that's the point, what proof is there of wrongdoing. Are there only certain types of job that this guy is allowed to do? I would be happier if the SNP could provide some evidence that procedures have not been followed before making accusations. Otherwise it just smacks of the old "if there's smoke, there's fire" rhetoric and mischief making.


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post 21st Jul 2012, 03:49pm
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Mary Ive only read what GG put on.Its all speculative.If there is any malpractice in the appointment
then the SNP man will probably find out.If the legalities have been covered matter sorted. rolleyes.gif
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post 21st Jul 2012, 03:59pm
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As long as people vote for a Labour Council we will have this going on all the time and for years it's always been same.Time we had new party in power in Glasgow as certainly couldn't be any worse that Labour
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post 21st Jul 2012, 04:04pm
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Chas what exactly is it thats going on?
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