Many in Scottish labour won't be feeling too cheery this morning, in fact, when they read the headlines some will be feeling decidely uncomfortable.
Stephen Purcell resigned as leader of Glasgow City Council on the 5th of March. The reason for his sudden department was 'stress' and it was strange not one senior labour politician made any public comment regarding the hurried exit of one of their brightest members.
However, the lid was bound to blow off sooner or later and today's papers have exposed the questionable relationship Purcell had with Willie Haughey, one of Scotland's most successful businessmen, a complex network of councillors, other businessmen and public sector chiefs, most with connections to labour. Haughey is one of labour's biggest donors and an ally of Gordon Brown.
Haughey chaired a quango called Scottish Enterprise Glasgow (SEG) and one of the firms given support by SEG was Haughey's own company. He received £970,000 of support from SEG. It was part of a £17m compensation and relocation package for the headquarters of his Glasgow business, which was in the path of a planned motorway due to be built by the Scottish government, Glasgow city council and two other councils.
He owned two properties on the proposed route that he had bought for £1.3 million. The independent valuer offered £7.4 million for them but it seems Haughey wanted Jack McConnell, then the First Minister, to intervene when dealings with the valuer ground to a halt in December 2003.
That month Haughey gave £330,000 to labour. The property offer was subsequently raised to £13.3 million. Jack McConnell denied any interference in the independent valuation.
One of Purcell's initiatives was a construction quango called City Building which is a construction company created out of the council's former building services. An investigation revealed that the wage bill for senior employees doubled in just two years. Some of those who benefited were labour members closely allied to the former leader. The same quango also spent thousands of pounds on hospitality, including paying £2,000 for a table at a labour party fundraiser where, among several labour figures, it entertained Scottish labour leader Iain Gray.
One of Haughey's companies had a contract providing heavy-duty vehicles for City Building.
We already know Purcell is understood to have had a cocaine habit and was warned by police he was a blackmail risk. Glasgow labour closed ranks once Purcell resigned but surely they realised it was only a matter of time before the truth started to trickle out.
This is very possibly just the beginning of Glasgow city council and labour's domination of the city. Formal investigations should be initiated so as Glaswegians can be made aware just how much money has been 'misdirected' by Mr Purcell.
Could this be one of Mr Purcell's ideas? It's a report stating Glasgow city council officials are in talks with a private company about taking over major services such as refuse collection, cleansing and the running of public parks. Senior council officers have planned to travel to England next week for further talks with the company Enterprise plc.
The only example of privatisation which affects me is the care and maintenance of our trunk roads. There is a definite reduction in the standard of winter care such as gritting. Where profit and shareholders are involved something or someone has to suffer the consequences. It could be the people of Glasgow if this proposal goes ahead.