I had a look at the entries made by Green councillors in Glasgow City Council's Register of Interests - which are reproduced below for easy reference.
Now the Green councillors provide far more and clearer information than their SNP allies - for a start they record their councillor salaries which most SNP councillors avoid doing for some strange reason.
Cllrs Long and Molyneux don't record the time spent and salaries they are/were paid in working for Partick Harvie, as a Glasgow MSP - information which ought to be in the public domain.
Cllrs Mearns and Wadrop record their senior councillor salaries (£31,331 and £26,753 respectively) which are paid on a full-time basis, of course, although Cllr Wadrop registers another sessional job without providing any details of the time commitment involved.
The other Green councillors (Long, Molyneux, Wisely and Young) all register significant part-time paid employment alongside their council jobs which confirms the decision to designate backbench councillors' jobs as 'part-time' was the right decision.
1) Name of Employer: International Development Education Association Scotland (IDEAS)
Nature of Business: A network of organisations and individuals across Scotland that actively support and promote development education and education for global citizenship. Members include NGOs, small organisations and individuals working in areas such as international development, global poverty, sustainable development, social justice and citizenship. They also include regionally based Development Education Centres who provide local practical teacher support.
Titles of positions held: I hold two part-time positions within this organisation 1. Coordinator of the network 2. Programme Director of the Global Learning Programme Scotland. This programme is managed by IDEAS in Scotland. It is part of a UK-wide programme funded by the UK Government (Department for International Development) Employment ended 20 October 2017
2) Elected member, Glasgow City Council - £18,604
3) Started new post on 23 October 2017 Name of employer: Oxfam Scotland Title of position held: Global Citizenship Education Adviser Nature of business: Oxfam is an aid and development charity focused on fighting global poverty. Charity 0.6 fte. Ended 1 December 2020.
4) Glasgow University Research Associate, 0.5 fte. This is a tempoary (sic) contract. Ended 30 June 2021
1) Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, national charity, policy officer (part-time) 2) Healthcare Improvement Scotland, NHS, (secondment June 2018 - June 2019) 3) Poverty Truth Commission (Faith in Community Scotland), charity, Research and Development Worker (left June 2016) 4) Elected member, Glasgow City Council - £18,604
So here's the issue - two Glasgow MSPs (Nicola Sturgeon and Humza Yousaf) have been asked a reasonable question about their use of public money to employ two SNP councillors who already have full-time, salaried jobs as senior elected members of Glasgow City Council. But these two public servants (both long-serving ministers) refuse to answer, so what to do next? One regular reader suggests raising the matter on the floor of the Scottish Parliament which is a good idea, but requires an MSP who's prepared to put down a written question for Scottish Ministers to answer. So here's a list of activities which will help shine a light on what has been going on because as Lord Nolan once said apropos driving up standards in public life - 'daylight is the best disinfectant'. Write to the leader of Glasgow City Council Write to the Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council Write to all elected members in Glasgow City Council Write to the party leaders in Glasgow City Council W
I heard from a friend of mine over the weekend who works as a civil servant in the Scottish Government. Apparently, I can expect my complaint about Humza Yousaf to be blown off because the standard response to objections of this kind is that this involves a personal Twitter account. In other words Humza's idiotic behaviour nothing to do with the Scottish Government. If so, I'll be astonished because Humza Yousaf promotes his profile on Twitter by drawing attention to his role as Scotland's Justice Minister. Not only that because Humza's attack on fellow MSPs was done during normal working hours (ie his employer's time) and presumably it is very easy to check if he used a mobile phone, or some other device, provided for him to use while at work by the Scottish Government. So I remain optimistic until I'm proved wrong - and let's hope I hear something soon. In the meantime, I plan to share this post with the various MSPs involved. Total Lack Of Respect, Hu
Here's an interesting article by Alex Bell, former head of policy to First Minister Alex Salmond, who argues that a rotten 'gang culture' and a 'universal fix of indy' now dominates the government of Scotland. I think he's on to something, you know. Alex Bell: Scotland shown to be in a rotten state as gang ethos takes over government By Alex Bell - The Press and Journal (March 25, 2021) OLD TIMES: SNP titans Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon in November 2014 before their friendship descended into recriminations. In 1990 society was fully informed about sexism, racism and bullying. It is not that we didn’t know, we simply had different levels of tolerance. In that setting, the young Nicola Sturgeon was adopted as Alex Salmond’s sidekick. Everyone knew the SNP leader to be a difficult man, of short temper and abrasive argument. It would have been unthinkable for a 20-year-old woman to challenge that behaviour. Alex Bell She and John Swinney rode the Salmond roller