Great News From Dundee 37


One of the most venial administrations in the UK’s many rotten boroughs was finally kicked out yesterday as New Labour lost power in Dundee City Council for the first time in my political lifetime.

It was Gordon Brown what done it. The day after Gordon’s speech to the Scottish New Labour Conference in Dundee earlier this month, New Labour lost a key by-election there to the SNP. Even then they had to be prised out kicking and screaming. For the last three years the SNP has been the largest party but kept out of power by a New Labour/Lib Dem alliance, with Tory voting support. Which illustrates perfectly the fact that the only actual choice in Scottish politics is between nationalists and unionists.

Manouverings to keep New Labour in power now included the offer of an OBE to John Letford, Lord Provost. I know John Letford, who is a good man from a trade union background. A Labour Party man his entire adult life, he has been so disgusted by the sordid dealings of Scottish New Labour in attempting to cling on to power that he has resigned from the party and offered his voting support to the SNP.

I won’t now go into the detail of the massively corrupt demolition and construction contracts, or the jerry built huge shopping centre and hotel that lasted fifteen years. Let us just be grateful we got them out at last, and make sure they don’t get back.


37 thoughts on “Great News From Dundee

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  • George Dutton

    joe90 kane/Craig

    “People are perfectly entitled to donate to whoever they want to”

    Yes joe90 kane people can. But there again people like Souter expect something in return…or do I have to say it 500,000 times more.

    What does it say about a parties principles that they took money from someone like Souter?.

    Parties can and are infiltrated by people that have only their own self-interests at heart…like John Prescott the darling of the left for many years,once he got power he went somewhere right of Thatcher.Blunkett and many more.The SNP are not short on the likes of the above as you know some have already been caught fiddling and like new Labour nothing has happened to them.

    Sadly with the SNP…time will tell.

  • George Dutton

    The SNP…

    “The Scottish Government says it “understands the views” of people who have written to it about the contract. It says it has set up a new “contract structure” to “distance” CACI from personal data collected by the census. But it refuses to cancel the contract”…

    http://tinyurl.com/cqldpp

  • joe90 kane

    “Yes joe90 kane people can. But there again people like Souter expect something in return…or do I have to say it 500,000 times more.”

    – Like what?

    A hovercraft service across the Forth maybe, who knows.

    “What does it say about a parties principles that they took money from someone like Souter?.”

    – The SNP also recieve money from other sources as well, but do enlighten me?

    If this troubles you so much, then surely you must have more than just empty opinions, fact perhaps?

    “Sadly with the SNP…time will tell.”

    – So you’re personally not hopeful, but also, you’ve no idea what you’re talking about except to express paranoid innuendo.

    If this is all the SNP has to worry about, sources of party donations and awarding contracts to seemingly odious companies, then it’s no wonder they do so well in the polls.

  • joe90 kane

    “Yes joe90 kane people can. But there again people like Souter expect something in return…or do I have to say it 500,000 times more.”

    – Like what?

    A hovercraft service across the Forth maybe, who knows.

    “What does it say about a parties principles that they took money from someone like Souter?.”

    – The SNP also recieve money from other sources as well, but do enlighten me?

    If this troubles you so much, then surely you must have more than just empty opinions, fact perhaps?

    “Sadly with the SNP…time will tell.”

    – So you’re personally not hopeful, but also, you’ve no idea what you’re talking about except to express paranoid innuendo.

    If this is all the SNP has to worry about, sources of party donations and awarding contracts to seemingly odious companies, then it’s no wonder they do so well in the polls.

  • David Watson

    Where can I find information about the Dundee venal councillors who were convicted and sent to prison late 70’s ?

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