By Bailie Ade Aibinu

For so long, Glasgow has been in the grip of one political party. While this has benefited the ruling party, it hasn’t been good for Glasgow.

Now, I do not question the motives or the dedication of the previous Labour administration but there is something about having a “viable” opposition that makes democracy work.

We now have an SNP minority administration propped up by the Greens, a weakened Labour group and a genuine opposition in the Conservative group. The various shades in ideology gives a more accurate representation of the populace and, dare I say, promotes sound debate in the chambers.

The recent budget that was passed on February 22 epitomises my earlier points. For the very first time in recent memory, Glasgow had budgets presented by all political groups. All political groups were alert, there was something now truly at stake unlike in the past when passing budgets for the city was a given.

While this is great, I wish this had happened earlier. Our great city was ran for more than 40 years by the same political group, and now, we see the many inefficiencies in the system that is needing urgent correction.

I was particularly happy with the proposed review of ALEO’S such as Cordia; a review supported by the Conservative group.

Beyond this, there are fundamental historic faults such as Glasgow’s inadequate planning system. A city the size of Glasgow should be competing with Manchester especially in the construction sector.

If you have been to Manchester recently, and then compare it to Glasgow, you will understand my point. It is a shame – and I’m sure we can do better.

In Victoria Park ward which I represent, the lack of proactive planning for transport before the completion of the new Broomhill Primary School is another alarming example.

Although there is so much work to be done, I am hopeful for this city that the change voted for on May 4 materialises into concrete outcomes for Glaswegians.