Glasgow must be an unbelievably stressful place to live and work. Then again, their politicians are not as tough as their popular image.
Steven Purcell, the leader – or rather, ex-leader, of Glasgow City Council- so ‘alarmed’ members of his family when they visited him at the week-end, that they persuaded him to resign from his job on Monday, citing ‘stress‘. What was the sight that greeted their eyes?
Before announcing his resignation, Mr Purcell, described as a ‘rising star’ of Scottish politics, took care to hire a team of high powered lawyers, and a crisis management PR firm, to handle his resignation for ‘health reasons’.
Health reasons? It is a catch-all, closely followed by ‘to spend more time with my family’. The last person to bail out of Glasgow politics on ‘health grounds’ was David Marshall MP. An event which was closely followed by the revelations of his tangled financial affairs.
Purcell has already survived extremely stressful situations publicly, when his marriage to Katrina Murray collapsed in 2006 following his realisation that he was gay – and did so without high powered lawyers or PR crisis management firms.
The mind boggles at what could be behind this latest drama. Twitter rumours speak of an embargo on the main stream media.
To be sure the blogosphere will oblige.
- "Chemically dependant" Purcell swaps top Glasgow job for rehab
- March 5, 2010 at 19:01