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(121) Scotland

If I told you about a country with beautiful scenery composed of mountains and coastlines, surrounded by oceans on three sides and blessed with oil wealth you could pick Scotland or Canada …and be right with either!  Liking a drink, Celtic place names and a middle class under pressure and at risk of evaporating are other things these two countries have in common. 

Reporting on Glasgow is this blog posting from the Socialist Courier.  The really funny part is how this item is from the archives, having been published in 1981! 
Getting the blues in suburbia

(13) Scotland the brave!

Some observers suggest that recent urban rioting in England is the subject of massive overplay in the global media.  Either way, the discussion of it seems hopelessly polarized.  Also noteworthy is the lack of disturbance in Glasgow, a city sadly known for some of the worst social conditions in the European Union.  The link below, to a BBC page, may be of interest.  Not for a minute do we think that the response to suburban poverty begins and ends with police crackdowns.  It seems that if the fun and games on the perimeter are ignored for a long, long time it festers until there is no other immediate option.
Glasgow gangs chose route to peace in face of tough crackdown: Strathclyde community project helps blighted housing estates in city’s east and north claim 50% cut in gang violence