'Legacy' [Primer #6]

‘Legacy’ [Primer #6]

Deeply exaggerated claims for positive Games impacts have been formulated and expressed through a ‘Legacy’ framework. This framework was first associated with the Sydney Olympics 2000, and has become, since the Manchester Commonwealth Games 2002, a central feature of Olympic…

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…

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…

Atos 'Unfit' for the Games [Primer #3]

Atos ‘Unfit’ for the Games [Primer #3]

Atos is a French IT and Healthcare company responsible for disability work assessments. The same company is also sponsoring the 2014 Commonwealth Games and providing the accreditation systems, volunteer systems and Games information systems. This primer will provide critical information on…

Work and Volunteering [Primer #2]

Work and Volunteering [Primer #2]

“The Commonwealth Games in 2014 will be a spectacular display of world-class sporting talent. But success won’t just be measured in medals. It’ll be measured in jobs and the development of our businesses“. Commonwealth Games 2014, Legacy statement. WHAT’S THIS PRIMER…

Clyde Gateway (URC) [Primer #1]

Clyde Gateway (URC) [Primer #1]

Clyde Gateway (URC) [Primer #1]   Urban Regeneration Companies and the government Urban Regeneration Companies (URCs) are organisations that combine the economic and political interests of the private sector and  the local state; they are established by national governments but…