Friday, 18 April 2014

Police Scotland are investigating Glasgow City Council corruption - we welcome this!

 Welcome the police scotland investigation of council corruption
Meet Blythswood Square, 6:15pm, Monday 28th April

Following the publication of our community compiled dossier on criminality and malpractice at Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland have begun an investigation into Glasgow City Council corruption. This is long overdue, but it shows that the culture of policing in Scotland, no longer controlled by Labour dominated Councils, is one that is more responsive to the public, and it also shows that the organisation is cracking down on crime, even when that crime comes from powerful vested interests in Glasgow City Council.

Newspaper coverage of the publication of the community
compiled dossier into corruption at Glasgow City Council

We wish to celebrate the leadership of Police Scotland in taking our dossier on board. Please come and show that you welcome this investigation! 

Travel expenses* can be met for participants, but above all we want to demonstrate that as citizens of Glasgow we are proud to have a police force that, no longer fettered by GCC control, now no longer considers certain Glasgow City Council figures above the law. What a breath of fresh air! We will pop in to Pitt St around the corner and note that we welcome their investigation and show our appreciation for their dedication in this.

[*of up to £20. Just let us know! email]

Monday, 6 January 2014

A fresh start for Glasgow?

Just before Christmas, on the 20th of December 2013, the 100 Promises Campaign handed in a copy of our dossier on municipal corruption at Glasgow City Council to every Glasgow Councillor, to Unite, Unison, the Archdiocese, the Presbytery of Glasgow, the Free Church, the Crown Office, the Procurator Fiscal, and to Glasgow Central Mosque.  This month we will be seeking meetings with each of the civic leaders at these institutions to see what we can do to address this issue.  A new year and a chance for a new start to politics Glasgow.

This was the text of our callout: "Last month we launched our dossier at a press conference in Johann Lamont's constituency. It was covered in Glasgow Community Media, and received widespread billing and interest. However we need to make sure that all of the authorities and important civil society institutions receive a copy so tha
t they can see the extent of the problem, and the need for a public inquiry.

To that end we intend to lead a delegation of citizens through the city centre to hand a copy to every councillor at the City Chambers, to the Crown Office, to the Procurator Fiscal's office, to Glasgow Central Mosque, to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, to trade unions, to the Kirk's Presbytery of Glasgow and to the Free Church. What we are handing in should be of interest to all of these institutions, civic and governmental, and we urge leaders from these institutions to make full use of our report over the festive season to enable us to make 2014 the year of a fresh start for Glasgow. It is time to wipe the future clear, of the lies of the past, that we now know were never real.

Now is the time for a public inquiry. Join us in making that call loud and clear."

Our delegation of community leaders hands in a copy of the dossier
to the Procurator Fiscal and Crown Office.

The receipt from handing in a copy of the dossier to every councillor.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Dossier On Municipal Corruption Released by the 100 Promises Campaign

This dossier outlines a variety of cases of malfeasance in public office.  Some of the allegations may indeed be criminal.  Many are within the letter of the law but certainly outside of the standards we might expect of public officials.  Some of the stories were already - at least in part - in the public domain, but have never been collated together before.  Several are entirely new allegations, which we have come by either by means of eyewitness testimony, or by our own investigations.  Where we rely solely on witness testimony we have made this clear.  It is not our intention to defame or besmirch the reputations of any individuals, and we are more than willing to recognise that witness testimony may be partial or insincere, so throughout this dossier where we are relying on witness testimony we make this clear.  Some of the allegations however we believe to be watertight evidence of malfeasance.

Friday, 11 October 2013

'Openness and Transparency' vs 'Commercial Interests'

How did Robert Booth at Land and Environmental Services turn a public owned Glasgow recycling plant, earmarked as a new centre for Nordic style district heating, into a toxic, privatised incinerator ran by the firm (Viridor) his brother sits on the Board of? Why did Booth then retire on a 'Ronnie Saez'-sized severance package?

Monday, 30 September 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Former Glasgow Labour Leadership Candidate Linked to Fraud Investigation

Going for gold?
East End Councillor George Redmond
A charity linked to the Council in the East End of Glasgow is to be investigated by Audit Scotland, for alleged irregularities in its governance and over alleged fraudulent payouts to Board Members, the 100 Promises Campaign has learned.

Our sources passed on the complaint, made by a disability rights activist, after we held a meeting in Labour Councillor George Redmond's constituency, to place pressure on him following his "misconduct" over a £500,000 payout to his business associate Ronnie Saez.  The pair were on the board of the Council run Glasgow East Regeneration Agency when it was wound up without transferring its assets back to the city. Councillor Jim Coleman was also implicated on that occasion.

If upheld however the charges in this complaint could prove more serious still, as they are alleged to involve under the table payments to family relatives of Councillor Redmond, who is believed to be on the Board of the charity in question, and has sat on the boards of agencies which have provided funding for the implicated NGO. Councillor Redmond is widely rumoured to have links to organised crime - a charge he has steadfastly denied in the past. However should he be proven to have been involved in an illegal payments scandal in a criminal front enterprise, having been involved in allocating it public funding, this would very damning indeed, and would have consequences far beyond his East End constituency.

Councillor Redmond's constituency takes in much of the newly built and under construction Commonwealth Games' facilities, and he is on the board of East End public property development quango Clyde Gateway.  Relatives of Councillor Redmond are providing security for the Commonwealth Games facilities.

The committee of 100 has called for a public inquiry into misconduct at Glasgow City Council, after a number of large payoffs, financial irregularities, and damning reports were made following Labour's re-election last year.

Since we made this call it has emerged that the Glasgow Social Work boss, David Crawford, who closed the Accord Centre for adults with learning disabilities (the campaign which featured prominently in the 2011 Holyrood election) was also inexplicably given an extraordinary £500,000 'retirement package.' Cllr Redmond has much to thank Mr Crawford for. The conditions of the closure of the Accord Centre lucratively transferred council service users over to facilities run by Redmond - who maintains extensive private and commercial, quango and facilities management interests. Crawford is in his fifties and had worked for GCC for just four years.  He is believed to currently be in employment in social services elsewhere in Scotland.

We believe there is an urgent need for a public inquiry into the affairs at the city council, which can no longer be ignored.