OSAMA Saeed, SNP candidate in Glasgow Central, must have woken up with a smile on his face this morning. His decision to start up his very own Muslim organisation, the Scottish-Islamic Foundation, has certainly been noticed by those in the Scottish Executive who make funding decisions: in July it was reported to have been awarded £215,000 for… well, it was awarded £215,000.
Now The Daily Record report it has been given another £190,000.
Oh, did I mention that Saeed is an SNP candidate at the next general election? Or that he used to work for Alex Salmond? Just so we’re clear.
Let me make it clear that there is no doubt in my mind that if SIF had been founded by a former staffer to Jack McConnell, and was staffed almost entirely by Labour activists and office holders, then this funding would still have been awarded. (Cough!)