The is the first of several posts, because this stuff goes deep into the heart of the Glasgow City Council, Scottish Labour party cabal that has worked under the momentum of the redevelopment of the East End, the East End Regeneration Route/The Clyde Gateway and The Commonwealth Games to deliver cheap land to Celtic PLC.
The current Shadow Secretary of State for Celtic, oops, Scotland, Margaret Curran MP (Labour) appears to have been caught acting for Celtic in commercial negotiations with the sale of public land owned by the West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) to the detriment of the public purse.
Previously WSHA & Celtic were in negotiation to swap some land – the WSHA land being in the Celtic Triangle, where Glasgow City Council (GCC) land normally disappears into Celtic PLC’s arms at very low value. Just look on it as the West of Scotland Bermuda Triangle. The earlier negotiations between WSHA & Celtic resulted in no formal signed agreement but Celtic claimed there was a ‘Gentlemans’ Agreement‘ for the transfer of land at no cost. As they say a verbal agreement is not worth the paper it wasn’t signed on – verbal agreements are useless in matters of property. It has to be written & signed.
WSHA wanted more money from Celtic for transferring the WSHA land and it appears Celtic brought pressure to bear on WSHA by inviting Margaret Curran to the negotiations on 11th October 2013 according to the Minutes of Meeting generated by the WSHA Management Committee meeting for 23rd October 2013 (see document below).
Note: Celtic invited Margaret Curran not WSHA. She came at their behest. Now why is she getting into the middle of a negotiation which is just restarting after period. Why the rush now? Looks like the momentum of the East End Regeneration Route (EERR)/The Clyde Gateway and The Commonwealth Games are being used to bulldozer, pardon the pun, the transfer of land to Celtic PLC. From the minutes, the pressure can be seen to be exerting on WSHA not to ask for the extra money from some of the attendees.
Now why was a Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland interfering in commercial negotiations between a public body and a private company & why was she invited by the private company? Was it to put pressure on the public body?
Now she is the Glasgow East MP but her affection seems to go much further.
Well here is an excerpt from Ms Curran’s Maiden Speech in Parliament:
Was she there as a fan, shareholder, Labour Party member, MP, Shadow Secretary or all roles or some collection of roles?
Even if she isn’t a Celtic shareholder or fan she should not have interfered in commercial negotiations between a public body, whose funding she might have under her in government in the future.
Many thanks to pzj, The Engineer & several others for the source material etc.
WSHA Management Committee Meeting Minutes for 23rd October 2013