Our final stop was a high rise tower block of flats next to Celtic Park. We were let in to film the view from an empty flat on the top floor. On the way in, we passed a man staggering by clutching a can of Special Brew and children behind him, calling him 'dad'. Each child had two dogs. Lifts come seldom, so plenty piled on the one taking us to the 29th floor. We were joined by a chap who was clearly a drug user, he asked the cameraman how much his equipment cost. "A fair amount" he said. He then offered to "steal" it from him, and split the proceeds. He declined. This guy couldn't have been any more than 20, yet he looked like a ghost. This was Parkhead South where life expectancy is 62 years (and falling). Life expectancy is higher in both Uzbekistan and Bangladesh.You can read Fraser's full story by clicking HERE.
Tuesday, 8 July 2008
What Fraser Nelson saw in Glasgow East
Over on the Coffee House Blog, Fraser Nelson has posted on his visit to Glasgow East. His story, both haunting and sad, takes me back to my youth. According to Gordon Brown we have had 11 years of economic growth and stability, and yet there are areas of our country where life is just one slow, miserable march towards death. A fate that only a lucky few escape. Here is a little of what Fraser found in Glasgow East: