Human Rights Actions - 2014 Commonwealth Games

Human Rights Actions – 2014 Commonwealth Games

Two recent articles about Games protests surrounding the dubious Human Rights record of Sri Lanka and the role of Police Scotland in policing Mega-events events at home and abroad. Glasgow 2014: The Sri Lankan Elephant in the Room by Rebecca…

Sport and Participation [Primer #5]

Sport and Participation [Primer #5]

Despite ambitious legacy claims to the contrary, the Glasgow Commonwealth Games is essentially a sporting event. 11 days of sporting competition with elite athletes travelling from around the Commonwealth to compete. Gordon Matheson claims that he is determined that ‘every…

Disabled Athletes Forced to Quit Sport by Benefit Cuts

Disabled Athletes Forced to Quit Sport by Benefit Cuts

  Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) say athletes who had been through work capability assessments are finding they can no longer afford to compete or train because of benefit cuts. Glasgow Against Atos campaigners say this evidence from SDS shows that…

Public Housing Meeting, Tuesday 22nd April

Public Housing Meeting, Tuesday 22nd April

THE MEETING THEY TRIED TO BAN! HOUSING IS IN CRISIS: WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? Public Meeting, Speakers and Discussion: 7-9pm, Tuesday 22nd April, St. Mungo’s Academy, 235 Crownpoint Road, Bridgeton, Glasgow, G40 2RA. All welcome!  The Commonwealth Games 2014…

Games Monitor on Newsnight Scotland

Games Monitor on Newsnight Scotland

A member of Glasgow Games Monitor 2014 appeared on Newsnight Scotland last night. The episode will be available on i player for the next six days. View episode here. For those who want more information on the claims we made…

Housing (and the Red Road Flats) [Primer #4]

Housing (and the Red Road Flats) [Primer #4]

Making a Spectacle out of a Crisis: Glasgow’s New Housing Blitzkrieg. The latest from the deranged world of Glasgow City Council and the Commonwealth Games 2014 committee is that five of the remaining high rises at Red Road are going…

WHAT THE FUCK ARE THEY THINKING? GCC ENTER THE TWILIGHT ZONE

WHAT THE FUCK ARE THEY THINKING? GCC ENTER THE TWILIGHT ZONE

  Reposted from the a Thousand Flowers blog. A  Godzilla reboot starring Bryan Cranston may be this summer’s big film, but in Glasgow we won’t have to go as far as the multiplex to see a giant green monster demolishing…

Is the East End of Glasgow the new West End of Glasgow?

Is the East End of Glasgow the new West End of Glasgow?

  Re-posted from the A Thousand Flowers blog. For ten days this July, the east end will become a major hub of activity, as tourists and games goers flock to events at Celtic Park and the neighbouring Emirates Arena. Hundreds…

Games Costs Rise Inexorably

Games Costs Rise Inexorably

      The Games are 50% over budget The Herald reports and the contingency fund is already running low.  From an original estimate of £373m in November 2007, the bill for Glasgow 2014 climbed to £454m in November 2009, then…

The End of the Commonwealth Games?

The End of the Commonwealth Games?

Commonwealth Games representatives have confirmed that there has been no interest in hosting the 2022 games and have admitted that they are now facing the possibility of the 2018 games in Australia being their final event. Games officials are considering…