Friday, May 19, 2006

Murder capital of Europe.


Today, Glasgow is New Labour.

Today, Glasgow has a reputation for corruption, poverty and violence.

Today, Glasgow is said to be the murder capital of Europe.


Murders involving knives in Strathclyde are three-and-a-half times higher than anywhere else in the UK.

A recent study in hospitals in Glasgow found that about half of those treated for knife wounds did not report the offences to the police.

The level of knife crime is similar to places like Latvia or Moscow.

BBC NEWS Scotland Police condemn knife crime level


In the Calton district of Glasgow, male life expectancy is 53.9 years, almost ten years fewer than in Bangladesh. 58% of the adults in Calton do not work.


In the past, attempts were made to crack down on corruption. Sir Percy Sillitoe, Chief Constable of Glasgow, 1931-1943, tackled corruption among Glasgow bailies, resulting in jail sentences for five magistrates.

Sillitoe cracked down on gangs such as the Billy Boys and the Norman Conks who terrorised some inner city areas in the 1930s.


From WSWS:

"The Labour Party in Scotland has had an effective majority for decades through its control of the local authorities. During this time it has spawned a distinct social layer who control billions of pounds in revenue, awarding building and planning contracts, administering services...

"The Scotsman newspaper ran several articles on Ferguslie Park Community Business Holdings (FCBH), in Paisley. This scheme, established in the 1980s in the working class area of Ferguslie Park, was supposedly aimed at building "community" businesses as a means of tackling unemployment. The Scotsman reported that at least part of the FCBH ...had fallen under the control of Paisley's drug gangs and was being used to launder money.

"Glasgow's Lord Provost, Patrick Lally, only recently successfully prevented Labour's attempt to expel him from office following allegations of corruption. Also in Glasgow, millionaire Labour MP, Mohammed Sarwar, has been suspended and faces legal action for allegedly attempting to bribe political opponents."


"Party managers were dealing with an astonishing accumulation of allegations in and around Glasgow, including religious sectarianism, nepotism, links to drug dealing and organised crime, ballot-rigging, bribing a rival parliamentary candidate, and whispering campaigns that preceded the suicide of the MP for Paisley South."


Thomas McGraw, 'The Licensee', is/was reportedly Glasgow's crime boss. Allegedly he has friends within the Glasgow police.

Reg McKay, in The Daily Record, 29 August 2005, reported that a street brawl between police left people scrutinising the cosy relationship between the Licensee and 'his police officer pals.'

"One of the Serious Crime Squad grabbed McGraw and tried to take him away from his Scottish Crime Squad captors. Tug of war was on. Then one man threw a punch and bedlam broke out with police wrestling, kicking and butting each other as McGraw stood in the middle of the battle totally ignored.Locals gathered for the best entertainment they'd had in years. Duelling rozzers. One or two joined in, taking the chance of a free swipe at a copper.Eventually peace was restored and the two police outfits went into confab. Whatever was said, the handcuffs were unlocked and Thomas McGraw walked back to his flat, a free man once again."

The Daily Record wrote: "Local uniforms and CID could often be found sitting in the McGraws' home drinking tea and smoking.

"When McGraw bought The Caravel pub, certain well-known detectives were in regularly, drinking heavily and never putting their hand in their pockets. It was too cosy."

Reportedly, McGraw and his brother-in-law, Snaz Adams, have links to Loyalist groups in Ireland. "Snaz was an honorary officer of the UDA and McGraw a lifelong supporter."


From the Daily Record:

"In one of Britain's top accountancy firms, an accountant accidentally saw a file one day. It was McGraw's and it showed more than £20million in offshore accounts.

"That's only the money he has clean enough to be accounted for and only in this country, never mind his operations in Spain, the Canaries, Ireland and Germany.

"Police experts have little doubt his total wealth tops £30million....

"TC Campbell remembers, in the early 1980s, sitting with The Licensee and some members of the BarL Team when two of McGraw's police contacts had obvious suntans at a time when Margaret was abroad.

"The cops teased McGraw about how his wife looked nude, a mole here, a small birthmark there, the noise she made.


Paul Ferris, in his book, The Ferris Conspiracy, accused McGraw of fitting up innocent people and passing information to the cops in return for immunity from prosecution.


Only a few Glaswegians carry Uzi sub machine guns.

The News of the World (4/3/01) gave a list of some Glasgow characters:

"Arthur Thompson Senior: known as The Godfather, dominated Scottish crime scene for 30 years until death in 1993 aged 62. Survived numerous assassination attempts. Had links with Kray and Richardson gangs.

"Arthur Thompson Junior: Known as Arty and Fatboy, murdered in 1991 aged 31 while on leave from jail for drug dealing. Ferris was later cleared of his killing.

"Thomas McGraw, aged 48, The Licensee flits between plush Glasgow villa and Tenerife. Had interests in taxis and ice cream vans, but now interested in construction industry. Cleared in major drugs trial in 1998.

"Tam Bagan: aged 45, serving 12 years for bungled security van hijack. Survived death threats after alleging seven Strathclyde detectives were on payroll of the Licensee...


John-Reid, Karadzic, Lobbygate, NHS deficits, Commissioner for Standards, drugs

Breakdown of law and order in Scotland? Time for a change.

Thousands of pupils failing on the basics

Reportedly the CIA is still flying heroin to Europe and America

Glasgow police The UK police and drugs and kidnappings.

240,000 children living in poverty
One in every four children in Scotland lives in poverty, according to government statistics published yesterday.

Rank and file Scottish police want drugs legalised


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