Archive for the Glasgow Category

The long road from Ibrox to Brechin

The long road from Ibrox to Brechin

The following piece appears as a chapter in Alan Bissett’s and Alasdair McKillop’s excellent collection of essays, ‘Born Under a Union Flag’, published by Luath. The book explores cultural and religious identity in Scotland, how these identities relate to football and their impact on the current constitutional […]

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Litmus test for the harder side of Scottish life

Carol Craig’s The Tears that Made the Clyde is a trenchant critique of contemporary Glasgow society and, by extension, of all Scotland. Despite her concern and anger at the waste of human potential our past has created, she offers no simple cures but tries to see the […]

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Edinburgh needs your support

Edinburgh needs your support

This is an appeal for the tolerance, friendship and support from my colleagues in the teaching profession in Scotland for the staff in 26 Edinburgh educational establishments, which are possibly facing closure. Falling rolls, outmoded buildings, financial pressures and the mismatch between available school places and demand […]

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No capital. No cool.

No capital. No cool.

No capital. No cool Carol Craig stands out in contemporary Scotland. She has analysed Scotland’s crisis of confidence and roundly condemned the various theories which attribute personal or social deficits to a lack of self-esteem. She is sceptical about the marketing of Glasgow as the post-industrial ‘Capital […]

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In search of the poor

A wealth of genealogical data can be revealed by the records of the poor, and Alex Wood unearths some fascinating case studies from the past, giving a glimpse of the lives of the extreme poverty-stricken in 19th-century Scotland. No other documents provide such detail about the poor […]

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CONFUSION REIGNS IN OUR COMPLICATED NEW COUNCIL WORLD Scotland’s councils have lost their way as political fudges and bafflingly-titled departments undermine public confidence

CONFUSION REIGNS IN OUR COMPLICATED NEW COUNCIL WORLD  Scotland’s councils have lost their way as political fudges and bafflingly-titled departments undermine public confidence

The last decade has seen major changes in Scottish local government structures. The managerial gurus wanted lean and hungry organisations.  But Scotland’s councils face a crisis of public confidence. Council Committees were once functional.  They related in a fairly simple manner to departments, Housing, Planning, Education, and […]

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