Friday, 10 October 2008


SNP MSP Sandra White lodged this motion in Parliament:

Scottish Government Investment in Glasgow Housing
That the Parliament recognises that Scotland is facing a housing crisis characterised by a severe shortage of good quality affordable homes; notes with concern that one of the most serious aspects of this crisis is the existence of slum housing, particularly in areas such as Govanhill in Glasgow; condemns the slum landlords that preside over this poor quality and overcrowded housing; welcomes the substantial funding by the Scottish Government for improving housing in the city, totalling £177 million in 2008-09 alone, made up of £93 million to Glasgow City Council in for investment in the social and private housing sector and a further £84 million paid directly to Glasgow Housing Association, and believes that this high level of investment will play a significant role in the effort to tackle the deep seated housing problems, including slum housing, that afflict parts of Glasgow and should be welcomed by all with the city's best interests at heart.

Ms White seems to share my interest in social housing and must be thorough in her research given that she quoted my blog in a Scottish Parliament debate recently(thanks for that).

Some might suggest that the motion, condemning slum housing in Govanhill and slum landlords is somewhat ironic given that the Daily Record published a story accusing an SNP Councillor of being a 'slum landlord' in er.......Govanhill


Stuart W said...

Perhaps her comments represent a welcome exception to blind party allegiance?

Jim said...


If you are suggesting that there is implied criticism of the Councillor in question within the motion then that would certainly be a welcome and refreshing departure to see an MSP do that.

Personally, I'd be inclined to suggest her motion may be something of a retort to the one below, lodged by Frank Mcaveety.

S3M-02457 Frank McAveety (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish Labour): Tackling Slum Housing in Govanhill— That the Parliament welcomes the £2 million additional funding to be provided by Glasgow City Council to tackle poor quality housing in Govanhill; wishes the new task force, headed by Environmental Services Director, Robert Booth, all the best in dealing with such an important problem; notes the desire of all residents in Govanhill to ensure that their area can be improved; calls on all agencies in the area to work with local residents to deal with persistent problems such as street litter, antisocial behaviour and poor housing; further notes the need to deal with slum landlords, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with the city council to develop a coherent strategy on reducing the negative impact of such landlords and to find new money to invest in removing below tolerable standard housing once and for all in Govanhill.

stuart w said...

Don't really know how these things work, but it seems to me that she's in some regards almost endorsing him rather than retorting.

Surely the signifance of the Govanhill reference vis-a-vis the councillor wouldn't be lost on Ms White, thus by specifically referring to that area and slum landlords her motion was alluding to him - she could easily have retorted to FM without running the risk of her words being construed as slating a fellow Nat, assuming she wanted to?

Well spotted though!

Fox In Detox said...

You should write a post about that time when you were a kid, and your mother made you wear those knickers with the striped socks, and you fell off your bike, and scraped your knee up really bad. That would be much less political. Yup, it would.

Fox In Detox said...

I just noticed the Sarah Palin badge in the corner of your page. I can't stop laughing now.

Jim said...


Maybe. Another angle is that she addresses the same issues as FM, but then illustrates the SNP's investment as a means of dealing with the problem.

I knew the word 'retort' was wrong even as I typed, I was in a hurry though!



Jim said...

Hey Fox,

Yup, that would be an interesting one right enough. Or the time I almost blew up my parents garage making fireworks from domestic chemicals (which I didn't actually do of course. Absolutely not.)

I really liked the Sarah Palin badge, it works for me on various levels ;-)