Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Kenneth Roy - Glasgow North East



Many of you will know by now that I'm a regular reader of the Scottish Review and in particular a fan of the journalist Kenneth Roy. My interest in his writings goes way back to the heady days when the Scotland on Sunday was launched, when I thought Scotland would finally have a newspaper which would cover the political contrasts within the country. My dream never materialised.

This post is about Kenneth Roy's latest article in the Scottish Review entitled 'The Silence of the Poor'. Below are a couple of extracts which I'm sure will encourage you to read the whole piece.

Sighthill once existed not as a bad name for ethnic relations, but as a community of skilled workers in the Victorian age of railways. There were, for example, the famous Sighthill Shunters. They were more than shunters. They were debaters;

It would not be at all surprising if the fascists saved their deposit in Glasgow tomorrow night. If that evil comes to pass, the recent history of the constituency should tell us why.

14 comments:

Quiet_Man said...

And people still think Labour are the party of the working class poor.

Montague Burton said...

I've heard tell that only a few journalists covered the BNP surprise visit to Sighthill.

One observer noted that there were several instances of impromptu supporters striding up to Griffin and shaking his hand.

This contrasts rather starkly with the image in most of the media of the wee Glasgow wummin giving the fat fascist a finger wagging.

I sadly believe they will finish third ahead of the Tories and Lib Dems. Well done Labour.

newsnet said...

Subrosa - check the name, I believe the gentleman is Kenneth Roy.

newsnet said...

Incidently, check my blog - I know for a fact that the BBC have been forced to issue an apology to a senior SNP politician as a result of a shockingly inaccurate TV broadcast at the SNP conference in Inverness.

Details later.

Bucket of Tongues said...

Thanks for the link. I too remember the Scotland on Sunday when it started - high hopes! It was pretty good though, and then the Barclay brothers bought it...

wisnaeme said...

Powerful stuff.
No wonder yer a fan of his Subrosa.
ye can add me to yon list of fans too.

Makes the Hootsmon scribblers resemble an undesirable substance one occasionally finds clinging to the underside of a shoe.

That's for sure.

subrosa said...

Aye QM, I know many labour supporters who will be birling in their graves.

subrosa said...

Labour are completely responsible Monty, nobody else. What a disgrace.

subrosa said...

Ooops newsnet, thanks. Will amend it.

subrosa said...

Jings newsnet, do you think Kenneth will be after me? Do hope not.

subrosa said...

Aye it was good in the beginning wasn't it BoT? You could have good arguments if you were willing to put pen to paper.

Then, as you say, the Barclay brothers bought it...

subrosa said...

Aye wisnaeme, he doesn't pull any punches and always gives excellent foundations for his comments.

Got your Facebook sorted out yet?

wisnaeme said...

Aye, getting there, Subrosa.

Ah'm supposed to be a technical engineer but ye see this new fangled technology. It's aa terrible confusing fer folk that's getting on a bit.

Onyways, ah'll send ye a wee message about whit that John fella wrote about me an ithers shortly.

subrosa said...

I still don't understand Facebook wisnae me, but I'll go and log on to it now just in case I miss yer message.

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