Recently in Racism Category
(First published 31/07/13)
DURING the summer months, particularly when we've had such good weather, it is really enjoyable to be out and about at the weekends enjoying the many Gala Days our city puts on.
This past Saturday I had a great afternoon out at the Pollok Gala Day with my colleagues Cllr Jaffri, Cllr McDonald and Cllr Gibson.
This year's Gala Day was the first Gala day in 15 years to be held in Pollok Community Centre, and there was a real buzz on the day with many people turning up to enjoy everything on offer.
GLASGOW enjoys a reputation as a friendly and welcoming place.
It's often well earned, and surely we all know someone who came here for work or to study, or just out of curiosity, and decided to stay and make a life here.
It's a reputation we would do well to cherish-but it's also a reputation that's under threat.
Like most places in Scotland and the UK, the hateful attitudes of the far-right have not prospered in the ballot boxes of Glasgow.
But just like those other places we're now seeing racism and hatred spill out into street politics once more.
I DON'T know who's going to win Euro 2012 and I'm not going to reveal who I'm supporting, but I might be making a small bet.
But more can be lost at this tournament than won as the reputation of football is at stake.
I know that everyone here in Glasgow will have been shocked that the families of English players Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have said they are not going to travel to Poland and Ukraine just as all would have been horrified that some Dutch players were targeted by the Krakow crowd in training.
If I hear the vile chants on my telly this will be the first major tournament I will turn my back on.