Steven Purcell is continuing to make headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Fresh from a collision course with Iain Gray over Council Tax, bringing in an
unbudgetted minimum wage and a lamentable turning of a deaf ear to Glaswegian families over school closures, the leader of Glasgow Labour Council has seemingly gone part-time in order to campaign for the Drumchapel-Anniesland by-election.
Purcell's annual salary is £47,500 a year, a serious salary for a serious job, so how he can get away with clocking off at lunchtime to go chapping on doors to campaign for his party is beyond me.
Worst of all, it seems Steven is letting key meeting slip through the cracks.
Fiona Hyslop has been trying to arrange "full and frank" discussions with Purcell given that Glasgow is the worst performing area in Scotland in terms of educational achievment but Purcell's Secretary replied to Hyslop with:
"Due to the forthcoming by-election Councillor Purcell will now be unable to attend... as he has asked that I clear the diary for May"
Steven Purcell may well claim that his diary has been 'condensed' rather than 'cleared' but his own secretary testifies otherwise, as would Fiona Hyslop who has had three meetings cancelled by the Council leader.
Iain Gray was to quick to hand out report cards in the Scottish Parliament this week, perhaps he should have words with his colleague Purcell about an alarming truancy rate.