Glasgow, Leadership and Ugly Graffiti
Connolly 'Flabbergasted' (13/06/17)
How nice is this? - Billy Connolly is 'flabbergasted' at three new murals celebrating the Big Yin's life and times in his home city of Glasgow.
The murals are a 75th birthday present to Connolly, based on original portraits by the Scottish artists John Byrne, Jack Vettriano and Rachel MacLean.
I suspect it will be hard to pass by any of these buildings without thinking fondly of Connolly who is a great ambassador for Glasgow and Scotland - such a great tribute to one of the funniest men in the world.
Glasgow Graffiti and Kitchen Sink Issues (18/02/21)
I said in my post last Friday about Glasgow's ugly graffiti problem that I hadn't heard a 'cheep' from my local MP, Alison Thewliss.
But shortly after I published the post on the blog I finally heard from Alison's office which involved just passing on a desultory response from an official at Glasgow City Council.
Now the whole point of contacting a local MP (councillor or MSP for that matter) is to find out what they think - and ask for their support, preferably.
Because if they just act as postboxes, by passing the buck on to a council official, what is their role as an elected representative and why do we pay them such generous salaries from the public purse?
In any event I was so disappointed with what my local MP had to say that I decided to respond as follows:
Glasgow Graffiti and Glasgow's Politicians (12/02/21)
I wrote to the leader of Glasgow City Council, Cllr Susan Aitken, a few weeks ago about the growing problem of graffiti in the city centre.
I didn't receive the courtesy of a reply so I sent the following letter to my four local councillors and shared this with my local MSP and MP as well.
Two out of the four councillors responded which is good, but the other two didn't bother their backsides which is a concern, especially as they're all paid salaries these days - a minimum of £17,854 - to take up issues on behalf of local constituents.
Dear Cllrs (Connelly, Hepburn, Layden and O'Lone)
From: Mark Irvine <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, Jan 12, 2021 12:07 pm
Subject: Glasgow Graffiti