Sleepless nights make councillor want to quit

IT has been a funny old week in the corridors of power with one SNP councillor wanting to go and another desperate to stay.

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Graeme Hendry, who has led the SNP on the City Council since 2012 and had been deputy the year before, has announced he will hand over the reins of power at his group's annual general meeting.

The affable councillor has just become a father for the second time and is no doubt feeling the effects of sleepless nights.

He is also understood to have complained to his friends and colleagues in the City Chambers about how his council workload is impacting on family life.

Meanwhile, Mr Hendry's deputy is determined to hold on to his role after finding himself in the dock at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

Billy McAllister was fined £200 after pleading guilty to acting in a threatening or abusive manner and shouting, swearing and gesticulating aggressively on May 29, last year.

Labour could not resist going in for the kill.

But it was not Labour councillors who called for the head of their political opponent but Glasgow East MP Margaret Curran.

She wrote Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisting Mr McAllister was no longer a fit person to hold office in the city council.

Up until now, the SNP stalwart has not been backward about coming forward with his opinions.

But for once, he body swerved attempts by the Evening Times to find out what he thought of Ms Curran's letter to Ms Sturgeon.

However, it is believed he has said he has no intention of stepping down as deputy leader or resigning from the council.

It will be interesting to find out if his political bosses in Edinburgh agree with him.

LAST week roads bosses decided to carry out a trial on the blindingly obvious.

Motorists have, not unexpectedly, been griping about being fined for using bus lanes on Christmas Day and New Year's Day when no buses are running.

Mounting pressure eventually persuaded the city council that something had to be done to ward off the criticism aimed in their direction. But what? Their brilliant idea was to set up a trial which will mean CCTV cameras will continue to be used on the two festive days but motorists who opt to use bus lanes will not be fined. If the trial is a success they will....... Well, who knows.

It beggars belief the council went to the time, effort and money to chase drivers who dared to use bus lanes during the festive season.

The explanation was that it would confuse motorists if CCTV was not in operation on those two days but was for the rest of the year.

There is an easy solution to that problem. Switch the cameras off and don't tell drivers. That way motorists are not fined and roads bosses can sleep easy not aware their rules were being broken

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