Interested academics, primarily working in the representative science of Scottish literature, have described this historically dominant phenomenon as “Clydesideism”. Writing in the late 1990s, Christopher White argued that
“in the last three decades, and especially since 1970, there has been what one might call a ‘hegemonic shift’, so much so that the city of
, and the West of Scotland more generally, are accused of exerting an unfair dominance, where representations of “Scottishness” and Glasgow are concerned.” Scotland
In the 1980s, another scholar of Scottish literature, Professor Cairns Craig, expressed concerns that that,
“what is worrying in the contemporary situation is the way that the death throes of industrial West-Central Scotland have become the touchstone of authenticity for our culture”.
This is part of the pity that the de-Clydesideing theme – or at least the result – of the 2007 election has not been more closely explored. While among pundits, it was styled an end to unmitigated Labour dominance in
Meanwhile, in opposition, despite Iain Gray’s bruxistic East Coast exhalations, Labour begins to look and sound more and more like an embittered rump, summoning up wistful remembrances of things past. It is partly this which made the Glasgow East election such a shock to commentating media – since in representational terms Glaswegians unfailingly, always elect their monkeys in red rosettes.
I don’t propose to discuss in much detail the politics of John Swinney’s jettisoning railway flotsam, and denying travellers to
Alternatively, of course, they may wish simply to pander to their base, becoming more concentrated and sour, dislodged waifs who still have still, still learnt nothing and forgiven nothing.