Nov 042009

In the words of David Osler:

This place is poor; in your face, 40% below the poverty line, smack addicts congregating in the shopping centre, poor.

Things have pretty much always been that way, of course. One hundred years ago, Springburn was the site of the largest workhouse in Scotland. A century of progress later, and levels of deprivation remain among the highest not just in Britain, but come near the top of the table for western Europe as a whole. It never got noticeably better at any point in between, either.

The constituency goes to the polls in a by-election in two weeks’ time, and normally the result would not be in any doubt. The seat and its predecessor have effectively been Labour non-stop since 1935, and may well stay that way…

A century ago, Glasgow NE was gut-wrenchingly poor. After 75 years of ‘non-stop’ Labour representation, the area is…still gut-wrenchingly poor. In fact, it’s never become ‘noticeably better.’


  2 Responses to “Unfortunate juxtaposition”

  1. Some might argue that Labour has a vested interest in these poor remaining poor. After all, as people get better off, they tend to re-think political allegiances and who knows the ex-poor might start to vote SNP, or horror of horrors, Tory

  2. As one weegie of my acquaintance says “I was born in a crumbling, teeming Victorian slum. Then they moved us out, knocked it down, and built a brand-new teeming concrete slum.”

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