How could these stories not leave the listener affected? At every stop on our way around the tunnels and underground platforms Paul informed us not only of the stories of the places and the events, but of the people – the ordinary working people of Glasgow, the ordinary working people of the Highlands who came, cleared from their homes, to work in the city, and the ordinary people of Scotland and elsewhere who passed through the station.
Well nothing that Graeme said was racist. He’s playing the game. His racism, like the racist watermelon references across the water, is encoded in the image. Chemical Ali – or “Comical Humza Yousaf” as Graeme labels this image – is a symbol of Middle Eastern tyranny, and as such plays on the white supremacist trope of the Crusades – a symbol used also by the Nazis. It is a holophrastic reminder in that it is a visual cue pointing to a whole package of meanings. This is the enemy; the dark skinned Muslim enemy who poses a threat to “our heroes” – our white, Western, Christian, crusader heroes.
Ongoing criticism on the most spurious of pretexts of the Scottish government on the part of the unionist coalition betrays the deepening sense of panic in its ranks. This nonsense must help us mind the gap between the mass support for the SNP and the disproportionate weight of the unionist media in the country.
To many the ideal getaway is a sun soaked beach on the Costas, to others it’s a wild four nights in Vegas, but then there are the rare few who’d rather A-Team up an old rust bucket and become famous. We found those very people. More power to them.