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  • In the late 60's/ early '70's the Glasgow Corporation acted in alliance with the UK government to smash and destroy the "Red Clydeside" as it became known. They didn't like the fact that there were very strong communities of working class people who stood together against the perceived corruption and opression of the then Government. It was decided to demolish the communities and the buildings therein, replacing them with, allegedley, 'New and Better housing stock'. That was the public line, the ulterior motive was kept hidden to all but we who lived through it.

    People who had lived next to each other for decades, who had grown up together, attended each other's weddings, seen the children being born and raised, who lived closely almost as one extended family - suddenly were taken from their homes, split up and sent far away from each other to the new 'Housing schemes'. Places which were barren of basic amenities, like shops. Where the people had to walk quite a distance in some cases to even get to the bus route. Where nobody knew each other and where the sense of community that most were accustomed to, was left behind, rarely to be born anew.

    The destruction of the Red Clydesiders was as efficient in its ruthlessness as were the highland clearances of two centuries before, and Glasgow City Council, the alleged 'leaders' of the city, the men and women charged with respresenting the population and acting in their best interests, would ever more bear the notoriety of having destroyed more of the City of Glasgow, than the entire might of the Luftwaffe ever could!!
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