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GLASGOW OLDIES GO DOWN FIGHTING

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The Times (p12) includes an update on the situation in Glasgow City Council, where nine councillors have been suspe...
The Times (p12) includes an update on the situation in Glasgow City Council, where nine councillors have been suspended. The city is described as split down the middle with a showdown going on between the reformers of new Labour and the last bastion of the party's old guard.

By suspending the council's leaders, the national executive has struck at the city's powerbase. The local population is uneasy with Labour's 'draconian action', and, unless the evidence in compelling, there will be strong reaction to the way in which the city's reputation has been smeared.

But, The Times concludes, the charges against the councillors focus on the abuse of power, rather than instances of corruption. It describes Glasgow as being 'a Labour fiefdom since 1951'. Although lord provost Pat Lally and his colleagues brought about the triumphant transformation of Glasgow into the 1990 City of Culture, they were responsible for a centralisation of power that overreached itself. Prime minister Tony Blair is keen to eradicate the culture of so-called 'excesses and secretiveness of the old party', and the Glasgow councillors must bear the brunt of this.
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