Labour Appoint A Tory As Falkirk Council Finance Chief

There were gasps of astonishment when Labour unveiled their membership and individual roles in their new Executive Committee dubbed the Polit Bureau due to the political imbalance.

 Traditionally the Leader of the Council was the authority’s spokesperson on Resources but Labour have appointed Tory, Malcolm Nicol as Falkirk Councils spokesperson on finance in their shake up of the council’s decision making structures.

 Despite winning only 2 seats last year the Tories have secured a Depute Provost post and now hold the prime portfolio within the all powerful Executive Committee.

 The full job description of Cllr Nicol’s new responsibilities are;

 To exercise strategic and political leadership in the following areas,

 Oversee the Council’s arrangements for the proper administration of it’s financial affairs

  • Procurement
  • ICT
  • Information, security and governance
  • Corporate risk management

 Nicol’s appointment was described as “a betrayal by Labour of all the Falkirk victims of the Tory Bedroom Tax and wider Welfare cuts” by Falkirk North SNP Councillor, David Alexander who unleashed a withering broadside on a increasingly disjointed Labour leadership.

 Councillor Alexander went on to say,

 “The Sunday Herald recently described New Labour in Falkirk to be in meltdown.

 If Labour are prepared to allow a member of the Tory Party to become the council spokesperson for finance what else are they prepared to sell out to the Tories on?  

 Decisions such as this will speed up the demise of Labour in Falkirk as a force as it becomes obvious that the alliance between Labour and the Tories is now more like a merger of two parties with shared values, objectives and policies.””

 No Labour member was prepared to debate this matter with Councillor Alexander.

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2 Responses to Labour Appoint A Tory As Falkirk Council Finance Chief

  1. Cllr Brian McCabe says:

    Gasps? Of course not. We knew they were going to force through their dictatorial regime.
    The only gasp I had was trying to understand what Craig was actually saying. Thank heavens the Provost gave us a hard-copy of the Labour/Cons proposals. At one point I thought he said, “Billy for Baillie” and then “Malky for Finance”, in HIS shake up of decision making structures. I knew those couldn’t be true.
    Bugger me! Was that not exactly what he proposed? Couldn’t believe it!
    2 Tories securing Depute Provostship of the Council; the prime portfolio within the all new powerful, singing & dancing Executive Committee. Shurely shome mishtake?
    Nicol’s new responsibilities believed to be;
    Nil!
    Oversee Council’s financial affairs – Eh? You’re kidding, right?
    Procurement – Aye, ok.
    ICT – What? Based on extensive knowledge of WHAT exactly?
    Information (say’s who?) security and governance. – I’ll sleep easier in my bed.
    Corporate risk management – I thought you needed an ‘ology’ for this?
    Nicol’s party’s “Bedroom Tax and Welfare cuts”? Supported by Goldie; Gow; Blackwood; Goldie & Martin? Shurely shome mishtake?
    Disjointed Labour leadership? Leave it aht! They wouldn’t recognise a snooker cue in a bunch of bent banananas!

    The Sunday Herald described New Labour in Falkirk to be in “meltdown.” Surely not? A Labour, SORRY, Tory Party council spokesperson for finance? And their next role – Leader?
    Decisions like this will speed up the demise of Labour in Falkirk as a force as it becomes obvious that the alliance between Labour and the Tories is now more like a merger of two parties with shared values, objectives and policies.””

    No Labour member was prepared to debate this matter with Councillor Alexander.

  2. Cllr David Alexander says:

    Brian, I can assure you I nearly choked when I realised they were passinng on part of the portfolio of the council leader to a Tory, I know nothing should surprise me but even I thought that would have been a step to far even for the new right wing Labour Party.

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