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Shock at Commonwealth Games bid to demolish Glasgow towers for opening ceremony

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The Red Road's reputation for crime, disorder and deprivation was not quickly or naturally gained. Rather, it was the direct result of seeding the area with known anti-social types whilst simultaneously abdicating responsibility for proper stewardship and maintenance of the place; and it evolved over some two decades or more! - If there was social engineering at play, the physical buildings played little part in it. The scheme was deliberately mismanaged. I know, for I was there! - From the age of 10 I enjoyed a good upbringing in a warm, comfortable flat in the scheme. And later - again from one of the flats in the scheme - starting what is now one of the longest-established video production companies in Scotland. The decline of the Red Road past the point of no return has been carefully orchestrated. And it’s history written by those who brought it down to paint the pictures they require to justify their actions... Why for instance bring in a London-based Australian to write stories about the place? Or some guy from East Kilbride, now based in Blackpool, to take the ‘official’ photographs of its demise? Springburn is known for producing its own fair share of creatives! As is Glasgow generally! I personally can tell you that attempts to tell a positive story of life in the Red Road have been obstructed. And offer the opinion that what has gone on amounts to almost an ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Red Road community and its true story. This, entirely for political gain and the generation of fat contracts for the well-connected cronies behind what seems to be an endless cycle of ‘build it up, run it doon, build it up and run it doon again’ – with the ordinary folk of Glasgow caught up like rags in the spin cycle! The commonwealth games have cost many a Glasgow East-Ender their homes and businesses, with no adequate compensation. It’s a spectacle that most won’t be able to access. And likewise the facilities left will be beyond the reach of many – more ‘ethnic cleansing’ and fat contracts for the boys in other words! - The demolition of the Red Road does NOT symbolise anything of the regeneration of Glasgow; for it’s been ‘regenerating’ for all of the 51 years I’ve been on the planet and never-quite got there! – Rather it’s just the click of the ratchet as the next spin-cycle kicks in! And this is the ultimate mockery, the ultimate disrespect and display of contempt for all those ordinary Glaswegians who lived and died in those buildings. The ultimate display of ethnic cleansing. Sickening.

Posted date

7 April, 2014

Posted time

10:10 am

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