North Lanarkshire Council’s convener of Learning and Leisure Services Jim Logue came under further attack this week.
Last week Councillor Logue engaged in a war of words with Motherwell and Wishaw MP Frank Roy, MSP John Pentland and Uddingston and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon, upset by the suggestion the decision to merge Our Lady’s and Taylor Highs had already been made.
Bishop Emeritus of Motherwell the Rt Rev Joseph Devine said: “As astonishing as it is regrettable, perhaps one of the most bizarre contributions to date has come from Mr Logue.
“His condemnation of Mr Roy, Mr Pentland and Mr McMahon for ‘interfering’ in the public debate borders on the absurd.
“It is very much the legitimate business of our MP and MSPs to participate with and champion the views and feelings of their electorate.
“ They would be failing in their duty if they did not do so.”
Councillor Logue kind not take kindly to the Bishop’s personal attack.
He said: “I am completely perplexed by Bishop Devine’s highly personal remarks, especially since three senior Diocesan representatives recently met with Learning and Leisure officers and had a positive meeting.
“Statutory consultation is designed to allow everyone in the local community to express their views and have these acknowledged and responded to.
“It is not for indulging in highly publicised, emotive and ill-formed comments.”