The events of last Friday show there is obviously still a serious problem with sectarianism in Glasgow.

When flashpoints occur, like the violence witnessed in Govan, it requires the attention of various authorities.

Obviously, the police have to respond immediately to make the area safe and take control of the streets.

In the aftermath there is a responsibility for government, local and national to take action.

In this case there was a need, with more marches planned, to try and diffuse a sensitive and volatile situation.

The decision was taken this week to allow the two marches by Irish republican organisations tomorrow to go ahead as planned even though there is the likelihood of protests and potential for violence.

Police offered advice that they would need to have a presence ready at the locations either way as some kind of event and protest was likely, even if they were prohibited.

The council chief executive took the decision to proceed with the original authorisation.

That authorisation was taken by a cross party committee of three councillors on the Public Processions Committee.

These are sensitive issues that require calm and measured decisions based on evidence.

What is of concern is the degree to which there has been attempts to make political capital from events where sectarianism rears its head.

Some people call it dog whistle politics. In other cases it is more blatant.

Hindsight is wonderful and it is displayed so often by so many politicians there should be a Hindsight Party. It would have no shortage of members.

But even in hindsight some people can be spectacularly wrong.

The latest attempt at politicking over an event featuring two groups who need little or no encouragement to square up to one another is worrying.

Annie Wells, Conservative MSP for Glasgow, asked the First Minister why on earth Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, allowed this march.

As outlined above the decision, as with all parades, was taken not by the council leadership but by a committee.

It is worrying because either Ms Wells, a Glasgow MSP raising the issue in Parliament was unaware of the procedures of the council and how the decision was arrived at or she was aware and chose to wilfully misrepresent it, seeking political advantage.

There have been other examples in the last year where issues that divide people either on sectarian grounds or on football allegiance have been used to cast doubts over the judgement of an opponent.

There have been accusations across the political divide of stoking sectarianism.

Glasgow has enough problems, of which sectarianism is still one.

It doesn’t need it being amplified by politicians, especially when they are factually incorrect.

What would be better would be if they would engage with one another and with the anti-sectarian charities who are seeking to work in schools and workplaces to confront and eradicate sectarianism from society.

Then perhaps we could get on with talking the other problems that people are struggling with.

I’M writing this column sprawled across two chairs in the newsroom (We don’t have benches) with my eyes closed, completely unconcerned what my colleagues think of my behaviour.

After all, if I wanted their opinion I’d get my butler to ask for it.

Jacob Rees-Mogg was absurdly arrogant in his lolling around on the front bench during one of the most important debates in Parliament in decades.

If anyone else was spotted slouching around like that at work they would be in the bosses office before the could say Downtown Abbey.

The appeal of Mr Rees-Mogg’s Victorian curiosity must surely have worn off by now.

His comment about the people being “our masters” in parliament over Brexit was laughable.

I find it difficult to wish ill-fortune on anyone but I don’t think Jacob Rees-Mogg has any sympathy for people who find themselves suffering hardship.

In fact he actively promotes and votes for austerity policies that would make life worse for them..

So, not that it would ever happen but the plush green leather front bench of Westminster is not the sort of bench I would like to see Jacob Rees-Mogg sleeping on.