Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Labour links run deep amid 'cronyism' of Scots quango establishment

One of these "Pope a Catholic" stories from the Scotsman:
"A CULTURE of cronyism continues to pervade Scotland's quangos despite promises to stamp it out, The Scotsman can reveal."
You don't say? You could have knocked me down with a feather...
"Most of the board members whose appointments came under scrutiny four years ago - when Henry McLeish made the "bonfire of the quangos" one of the central planks of his administration - are still in their jobs, while others have moved on to new and even more lucrative placements.

Despite previous denials of cronyism, many of the high earners among Scotland's 790 quangocrats still have extensive links to the Labour party or the Scottish Executive."
I'd like to be able to say that this is a result of the Thatcherite war on local government and if these quangos had most of their functions returned to local control, cronyism would begin to retreat in Scotland...but I can't, of course - when was it ever any different in the West of Scotland?

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