Aberdeen (Its all true there is a mafia in Aberdeen , its called the labour party)
The city has returned the labour party to power in all but one election and is very much a Unionist party stronghold. In every circumstance domination of the electorate for an extended period of time by parties of a particular leaning, (unionism) leads to an abuse of power. This is very much the case in Aberdeen where the Unionist party’s reign supreme. The Aberdeen electorate will be asked to elect a new council in May 2017 and it is to be hoped that careful consideration will be given to the appalling record of financial and administrative mis-management, abuse of power and rejection of the wishes of the majority of city residents expressed in the Union Gardens proposal referendum and many other insults visited upon voters. It is time the SNP was given a mandate to provide council leadership.
2005 The Italian Mob (but there is a real Mafia Presence)
Antonio La Torre and Michele Siciliano, influential members of the Camorra Mafia, came to Aberdeen in 1984. They are brothers of Augusto La Torre, the former head of the powerful crime clan from Mondragone.
They opened restaurants Pavarotti’s and Sorrento, expanding into health and fitness centres, import-export food firms and pubs and betting shops in Aberdeen, Dundee, Stirling, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness. He and his lieutenants were also involved in dealing in luxury cars.
His property deals included (but not limited to) buying council land in the centre of Aberdeen for a car park. (College Street) A second involved buying a city centre building and renovating it into flats for a six-figure profit.
After setting up phantom companies in Scotland and Italy, he was able to obtain loans from banks to buy foodstuffs from his native Campania to export to the UK. Huge amounts of wine, pasta and olive oil for use in restaurants were involved. Other goods included building equipment and computers. But as soon as the phantom firms got the cash, they were bankrupted by La Torre and the money was diverted into other accounts.
They were both extradited to Italy in 2005 where they are serving prison sentences. Disposal details of their massive property and business portfolios has not been released but much of it was sold off before extradition procedures were complete.
http://www.heraldscotland.comnews/12476538.He_insists_he_apos_s_just_a_normal_businessman_living_quietly_with_his_wife_and_children_in_Aberdeen__so_why_are_Italian_ police_so_ convinced_Antonio_la_Torre_is_really_a_ruthless_mafia_don_/
2006: Audit Scotland investigated council property sales and identified major deficiencies bordering on fraud.
The report was passed to the Police Fraud Squad for further investigation. “The most serious comment by independent valuers relates to the College Street car park where they concluded that the proceeds may have been double the £1.8 million achieved. Based on the information available and their opinion on open market value, they concluded that the deal struck by the Council was ‘extremely poor and almost bordering on negligent’.
2007 Newly Elected SNP and Liberal Democrat City Council Ask Police to Investigate Potential Fraudulent Sale of Council Property
A police investigation has been ordered into potential fraud surrounding transactions in which Aberdeen city council sold some of its assets for up to £5.5 million below their market value. Grampian Police confirmed it was called in by the new Liberal Democrat and SNP administration after senior officers requested details of transactions up to 2006. And a damning report, published by the accounts watchdog, Audit Scotland, has also revealed “serious deficiencies” in a series of deals in which six council-owned assets were sold for £3.7 million when their maximum potential value was £9.2 million.
The transactions included the sale of land at the Seafield Club and allotments for £685,000 when the maximum potential value was £2,930,000, and the sale of the College Street multi-storey car park for £1.8 million when its potential value was £3,630,000. The council faces a special hearing by the Accounts Commission into its finances. Read the full blog:
2008 Final Audit Scotland Report Findings:
We endorse the view of the Council’s external auditor that the Council is in a precarious financial position. Over the past three years the Council expenditure has been significantly in excess of its budget, giving rise to concern over diminishing reserves and leading to the need for a substantial package of savings in the current financial year.
This finding forced the council to implement a 4 year programme of austerity measures designed to ensure a balanced income and expenditure. The cuts were forced on the SNP- Liberal Democrat Council through the gross inefficiency of the previous Labour administration. This was not widely advised to the electorate and the council suffered defeat at the next election in 2012 which introduced a Labour coalition council. The wastrel Labour administration gets another bite at the cherry. Crazy system of local governance.
The challenges facing the Council are collectively extremely serious. While the Council accepted the accuracy of both reports by the Controller of Audit, we found that there was a lack of a full appreciation of the seriousness of its current circumstances. With regard to the report by the Controller of Audit on the property sales investigation, the Council accepted the many and significant shortcomings in procedures detailed in that report it being outside the remit of the auditor there was no reference to a sale of property to either Antonio La Torre or Michele Siciliano. Full report:
2009: Subsequent disposal of the College Street Car Park
The car park was sold, (selling price not disclosed) forming part of the £250 million Union Square regeneration project in the heart of Aberdeen. A Hammerson PLC backed development it was built by Miller Construction and includes multiple shopping units, a civic square, multi storey car parks and a hotel with conference facilities. It will transform the centre of Aberdeen when it opens in autumn 2009. https://www.unionsquareaberdeen.com/visitor-info/centre-map
2012: Barney Crockett Rules KO? In May 2012 Labour formed a coalition Council administration comprising the Labour Party (17), the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party (3) and Independent councillors (3). Total 23 seats. Barney Crockett elected Council Leader.
True to previous form the newly elected council conducted a referendum seeking the electorate’s views on a city centre development. The outcome (because it didn’t meet the required no vote demanded by Barney Crockett) was set aside.
Crockett acted on his belief and self guidance that he was not bound by the results. In any event, he said “Aberdeen Council business is restricted to local policy issues and these are not subject to referenda. I think, and always have believed, that referendums should be kept for constitutional issues.” So why conduct a referendum??
Also noteworthy is the narrow minded view of Barney Crockett who, (in an illegal 2014 letter to all Aberdeen householders promoting the “Better Together” case rejecting independence) said, “Aberdeen is stronger now and will be stronger in the future – as a partner within the United Kingdom.”
He failed to note that Aberdeen’s safety, (from the impact of the policies of Westminster politicians) is guaranteed by oil and energy. The rest of Scotland however is getting weaker and will continue to suffer the ravages of increasingly right wing governments, based in the city/state of London who have no interest in the affairs of Scotland, except taxation income.
Barney Crockett epitomizes everything that is wrong with both the Labour and Tory Party’s in Aberdeen. The public votes but the Con/Lab council decides. It is their way or the highway. What a sad city led by a bunch of self serving opportunists. Read the full report:
2014: Mafia Tightens Its Grip on Aberdeen
The Naples-based Camorra crime organisation, which has been linked with a number of killings, maintains a stronghold in Aberdeen, the third most populous city in Scotland It is involved in the city’s catering, retail and property sectors, the research by the European Union-funded Transcrime centre found.
Barney Crockett said the mobsters’ presence in Aberdeen came as no surprise. He said: “I think the attraction of Aberdeen is the fact that they can swap over a lot of money, because it is such a business environment. However, I am totally confident that there is no involvement in public works of any description.”
But Barney what about the sale of city property at knock-down prices to Antonio La Torre and Michele Siciliano. http://www.scotsman.com/news/mafia-tightens-its-grip-on-aberdeen-1-3516206