December 2011 Archives
THIS has been a historic year. Many will remember the Royal Wedding, phone hacking and the 10th anniversary of September 11.
I'll remember 2011 as a year in which we saw historic events around the world that will have an impact on our local communities. Three stand out.
EVERYBODY remembers the first football match they were taken to.
Be it in the 1950s or just last week, there is no greater excitement than when you are taken to watch your team play for the first time.
For me, it was the 1995 Scottish Cup fourth-round tie between Celtic and Raith Rovers.
AS the first snow of the winter falls on Glasgow, some of the most vulnerable members of our communities will be worrying about their heating bills and how they will keep themselves warm.
It is an unfortunate fact of life that fuel poverty is a harsh reality for many of our citizens - often due to factors outwith our control - but this does not mean that we should accept it and let it continue.
That is why I recently announced that the council will give a £100 "affordable warmth dividend" to every Glaswegian over 80 years old who is on Pension Credit. That's 11,000 of our most vulnerable citizens.
We are not prepared to see another winter of hardship for our elderly people.
THIS is my first column for The Glaswegian. When I agreed to do it a few weeks ago, I wondered what to write about. But the topic picks itself - the massive rise in unemployment.
Figures show unemployment in Scotland has risen to 215,000.
Scottish long-term youth unemployment is 11,150.
Behind every statistic is a person suffering the indignity of unemployment.
And behind every figure is a family coping with losing their income.