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  1. theotherone 7 Mar 2010, 11:45pm

    ‘His own spokesperson said: “Mr Purcell has left the politics of Glasgow behind and is now resting and recuperating in the sun.”’

    How nice for him. How verry nice.

    Glasgow’s entering a terminal decline of a severity not seen since the 80’s and he’s sitting in the sun with a nice cold drink.

    I hope he fvck1ng chokes on it.

  2. Jean-Paul Bentham 7 Mar 2010, 11:50pm

    He’s so young. I wish him a full recovery, no matter how long it takes.

  3. wonderwhatsnext 8 Mar 2010, 2:54am

    Typical, this man resigns himself from his job for drug misuse and still gets paid over £60k for jetting off into the sunset to try and recuperate with his companion..wonder who footed the bill for this one? bet Glasgow City Council are going to have a major wake up call this coming week and with the elections on the horizon, labour aint going to be doing to well.
    Tick tock tick tock, count down to see how many other surprises get released in the coming weeks.

  4. Sister Mary clarence 8 Mar 2010, 9:38am

    “Senior Labour figures in Scotland were shocked last week to learn that the city council leader had a drug problem and had been warned by police that he was in danger of being blackmailed by suppliers. ”

    “It emerged yesterday that officers from the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforecement Agency visited him at his office in the city chambers last May to warn that he could be open to blackmail. The agency told him that it was aware of a dealer claiming to have evidence of drug use which could end his career.”

    “Mr Purcell later confessed to aides that he had taken the class-A drug. However, he assured them that the problem was in the past and he promised to change his lifestyle.”

    “One former colleague said: ‘He not only promised to change his lifestyle but appeared to demonstrate he was serious by moving house and going to the gym five days a week.'”

    wonderwhatsnext, you may have a point ……

  5. I’m surprised at how quick some on here are to judge the man. If he had done anything seriously wrong, he would have been arrested. As it was, he was questioned at work (not down at the police station) and that was clearly the end of the matter considering there was no police follow-up.

    Glasgow City Council certainly has its fair share of problems, and people (as so often when it comes to their council) are rightly angry as a result. However, I doubt any person of reasonable intelligence would believe tabloid hack reports that he’s partying it up in the sun and having a lovely time. I mean, use your head!

  6. vulpus_rex 8 Mar 2010, 10:45am

    Nice to see that in one of the poorest cities in the UK the Liebour party think snorting its residents cash up their nose is a good use of public money.

    Typical of their approach to government really – let the very poorest rot whilst they live the high life.

    I don’t generally subscribe to conspiracy theories but there is not a whiff of this on the BBC website.

    Imagine if a Conservative council leader had resigned and fled into hiding after their addiction to columbian nose candy became known – Headline news for days at the BBC I would imagine. Biased, new Labour loving f88kers.

  7. Sister Mary clarence 8 Mar 2010, 11:15am

    Apologies George. I forgot to credit The Times with the quotes (not a tabloid)

    Second point, the police becoming aware of a dealer claiming to have evidence of drug use wouldn’t be grounds for arrest.

    You might want to google the story because there does seem to be quite a lot about it, although wen I looked, as has been pointed out, it wasn’t something the BBC were picking up (for whatever reason).

  8. Tony Lambet 8 Mar 2010, 12:18pm

    “Biased, new Labour loving f88kers.”

    Hmmm. Curious statement to make. That very sentence only shows how biased you actually are, so your argument hardly one to be taken seriously, but I’m sure the irony is lost on you.

  9. Is there a suggestion, vulpus rex, that this man was using money other than his own wages for the cocaine? Or was he just doing as every single one of us does, spending his own money in whatever way he sees fit? I haven’t read of a fraud investigation concerning this man.

  10. Sister Mary clarence 8 Mar 2010, 1:28pm

    AngieRS, I think it (again) comes down with standards of behaviour of those in public service/life.

    Did his ability to run the authority suffer as a result of his seemingly widely known drug use?

    Did he feel that being a willing participant in drug dealing was appropriate for the leader of the council?

    and various other similar questions …..

  11. vulpus_rex 8 Mar 2010, 1:31pm

    His wages are paid using Council Tax revenues, but I concede there is no suggestion yet of direct misappropriation.

    Bit more detail here though:

    I particularly like the bit about being so abusive to call centre staff they blocked his number.

    Abusive, bullying behaviour from an overpromoted, Scottish Liebour moron? Does this sound familiar anyone?

  12. Mihangel apYrs 8 Mar 2010, 2:45pm

    it is reported that this happened a year ago. What is happening NOW to make it news?

  13. wonderwhatsnext 8 Mar 2010, 3:33pm

    Now that all has been revealed, (possibly a lot more to come) about Mr Purcells downfall from grace, how many are now going to ask questions about his decision making whilst under the influence of chemicals, be it alcohol or drugs
    ANY decision that Steven Purcell has been involved with may well be called into question as it could be argued he wasnt in a “fit state of mind” to take part in any decision making and any financial issues may also be looked at
    Glasgow City Council, in particular the labour party, should now be asking themselves where do we go from here…
    Jim Coleman stand in for steven purcell says its business as usual for the council, so i take it by that he means more sleaze, more corruption and more lies spread by the labour party in Glasgow.
    Wake up Glasgow, we need a complete new council run party and sorry to say, it aint gonna be labour for much longer.
    EVERY labour councillor in Glasgow should be hanging their head in shame,….. but how many more are going to be brought to book shortly for their shenaningans, both inside and outside the City Chambers.
    No doubt this aint the end of the Steven Purcell mystery, but i have no doubt a lot more will follow who knows, he might even kiss and tell about what is REALLY going on in the infanous hall of power at Glasgow City Council.

  14. Quite frankly I don’t care 1 bit whether he drinks to excess or takes cocaine.

    I mean that’s hardly unusual. In fact it’s quite common. Very common in fact.

    It’s at epidemic levels across the UK.

    My problem is that he seems to be taking the Iris ‘I am depresed’ Robinson route of claiming to be stressed to avoid answering questions.

  15. This guy is New Labour through and through – incapable of doing the job but hangs on in their taking the salary until the last minute. When he goes he hires lawyers and spin doctors to threaten injuctions against the newspapers and tell lies and deny there are illegal drugs involved – the spin doctor Persil chose was Jack Irvine who “masterminded” the “Keep the Clause” campaign, Brian Souters failed but hugely damaging homophopbic campaing against the repeal of Section 28.

  16. Jean-Paul Bentham 8 Mar 2010, 9:48pm

    SimonM has a legitimate point. We are only fooling ourselves if we believe politicians follow a standard of behavior…or all professionals for that matter, including athletes.

    Alcoholism is rampant in all countries, and not just in the UK, and so is the use of drugs…it’s a multi-billion dollar industry…who do you think is consuming the stuff??

    If we were to question every political decision made under the influence of alcohol or drugs, we would have to start at square one, right.

    So when was the fermentation of honey and vegetables invented?

    Who ate the first magic mushroom? And when?

    Personally, I do hope Steven Purcell, who is only 32 years old, does recover completely, not only because he’s gay like I am, but also because I know that people do recover from alcohol and drug abuse and can go on to live exceptional lives.

  17. SimonM doesn’t care about Persil’s breaking the law despite being part of New Liebour, the party that has imposed innumerable new criminal laws on the rest of us. Jean-Paul doesn’t care about the lies or the threats to the media or the use of the “mastermind” of the “Keep teh Clause” campaign. Who needs bigots when we are as dozy as these two – have they been at the blow?

  18. Jean-Paul Bentham 8 Mar 2010, 11:06pm

    err…Purcell is 37, not 32. My mistake.

  19. SimonQ – who exactly is damaged by Purcell’s consumption of booze and coke other than Purcell himself?

    Taking cocaine is as morally acceptable as taking a legal drug like alcohol in my view. Cocaine kills far less people than alcohol or nicotine.

    Winston Churchill was a raging alcoholic but is regarded as being one of the best PM’s ever.

    Considering that huge numbers of people drink and drug to excess, it is hypocritical in the extreme to criticise a politician for doing so.

  20. “SimonM” – the people who are damaged by Persil’s drug taking behaviour are the people of Glasgow and the Council workers who had someone who was incapable as head of a major organisation. The people who are damaged by New Liebour are legion and include those who are criminalised and sent to jail for possession of drugs – people who do exactly the same thing as Persil but instead of being paid handsomly out of the public purse and being showered withsympathy by the likes of you are carted off to jail.

    And why are you not at all concerend at Persil’s spin doctors – the homophobes who ran the Keep the Clause campaign – being employed by your man to feed lies to the media and threaten injunctions if they tried to print the truth.

  21. Simon Q: ““SimonM” – the people who are damaged by Persil’s drug taking behaviour are the people of Glasgow and the Council workers who had someone who was incapable as head of a major organisation.”

    Many reports suggest that Scotland in general has a MAJOR substance abuse problem. The BBC reports that alcohol abuse in Scotland is higher than anywhere else in the UK.

    If we are going to sit in judgement of this drunk Purcell then we have to do so for all politicians.

    I do not think it appropriate for the Temperance Society to run the country.

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