Who's In Whose Pocket In Glasgow?
Here's an updated version of my post about 'Who's In Whose Pocket In Glasgow?'
I think it's fair to say that The City Council's 'Register of Interests' is far from being a model of transparency - for a start councillors are not required to register their council salaries, full or part-time.
Instead councillor salaries are shown as being paid, quarter by quarter, and the latest entries are for the 3rd quarter of 2021/22 - from which visitors to the GCC web site must extrapolate full annual amounts to gain a clear picture.
The position in Glasgow is that lots of councillors have 2nd and sometimes 3rd jobs - even those who have full-time senior roles in the council who are paid full-time council salaries, upwards of £27,000+ a year.
In effect this suggests the councillors involved enjoy earnings of over £40,000+ a year although it's difficult to be precise because there is generally no explanation of the salary or time commitment of their 2nd and 3rd jobs.
So as things stand the public is entitled to know what salary a councillor is paid from the public purse - but not what salary a councillor is paid from the public purse via an MSP (Scottish Minister) or an MP.
Nicola Sturgeon and John Swinney say this is just fine and dandy - I say this is a scandal and that after 15 years in power the SNP can't tell right from wrong.
I plan to update my 'Who's In Whose Pocket In Glasgow?' post ahead of the local council elections on May 5 2022.
But a quick glance at things in May 2021 showed that no less that three Scottish Ministers - Nicola Sturgeon, Humza Yousaf and Ivan McKee - employed local SNP councillors in their Glasgow constituency offices.
The problem is that if local councillors depend on Scottish Ministers/MSPs or MPs for a large part of their income, how likely are they to speak out and stand up for the interests of their local communities - when push comes to shove.
To my mind there's a clear conflict of interest which helps explain why local government in Scotland has lost its voice after 15 years of SNP rule.
Who's In Whose Pocket In Glasgow? March 17, 2022