On 18 September this year, the seventh anniversary of the Scottish independence referendum, a staggering thirty-four unionist-loyalist Orange Order parades will take place in just one city — Glasgow; one of two Scottish cities that backed independence in 2014. This of course is no coincidence. The Orange Order, in typical fashion — and with the consent of Glasgow City Council, intends to put on a triumphalist show of force to celebrate the victory of Britishness over Scottish independence and remind independence supporters of their place in the union.
Since when has Labour or the Conservatives in Scotland cared about impoverished communities and the people trapped by them? Yet the moment they find a connection between the poverty that has been a reality of Scottish life since long before devolution and the SNP they are on a crusade.