Tuesday, January 01, 2013


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, who is Chinese-Vietnamese.

1. The Obama faction may become more critical of Israel.

2. More members of the Jewish elite will marry Asians.

Reagan and his CIA-run Islamist friends.

3. The USA will not bomb Iran.

 The USA put the Ayatollahs into power and still wants to use an Islamic Iran against Russia.

4. The USA may have economic growth of at least 2%.

5. The Greek economy will begin to recover.

6. The Zionist faction within the USA and NATO will claim that because al Qaeda is becoming too strong in Syria, the USA and NATO will have to send  large military forces into Syria to prevent an al Qaeda takeover.

If John Kerry becomes US Secretary of State, he may possibly seek a deal with Assad. 

Kerry originally hoped that Assad would prove a reformer. In April 2010, he called Syria “an essential player in bringing peace and stability to the region.” In March 2011, he said, “My judgment is that Syria will move; Syria will change, as it embraces a legitimate relationship with the United States and the West.” Kerry urged moderation at the start of the Syrian war; however, he has since called for discussing safe zones and arming the Syrian opposition. 

Kerry did seek a no-fly zone over Libya.

7. The USA and NATO will continue to support the Islamists in Turkey, Egypt, Indonesia and elsewhere.

In Kenya, which has elections in 2013, the US military will want to increase its influence, perhaps by working with the militant Islamists.

8. The USA will try to put the Islamists into power in Malaysia.

9. China's economy has been growing at around 8%. This may continue, if foreign money pours into China.

Most of Latin America will prosper economically.

10. The USA will target its economic rivals, such as China, India and Brazil.

11. Egypt, the world's largest importer of wheat, will struggle to feed its poor.

Wheat prices have surged, due to droughts in the USA, Australia and Russia.

12. We can expect more terror events, organised to keep certain elite criminals in power.

According to professor Peter Dale Scott:

Terror events serve the agenda of criminal members of the elite.

These criminals exercise power within government institutions such as the intelligence services.

Systemic Destabilization.

According to professor Peter Dale Scott:

"As examples of systemic deep events, we can point to two spectacular bombings in Italy, the Piazza Fontana bombing in Milan and simultaneous Rome bombing of 1969.

"These were initially blamed on marginal left-wing anarchists, but were ultimately revealed to have been false-flag attacks organized, as part of a strategy of tension, by right-wing neo-fascists inside the Italian military intelligence agency SISMI, with a possible green light (according to the chief of SISMI) from elements in the CIA.

"Since then an Italian premier has confirmed that the parallel intelligence structure responsible for the bombings was part of a stay-behind network, Gladio, which we now know was originally organized by NATO....

"In an era when the combined wealth of the 225 richest people nearly equals the annual income of the poorer half of the earth’s population, it can be assumed that the power and influence of the illicit wealthy is a major force to be reckoned with in world affairs.

"And it is clear that some in these shadow elites stand to benefit from the crimes Breivik has been charged with: specifically 'destabilizing or destroying basic functions of society,' and 'creating serious fear in the population.'"

Friday, November 30, 2012


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If you are an Orang Utan, whose land is being taken over by humans, you may think that there are just too many people in the world.

The world's population has been growing rather rapidly in recent years and this has caused some problems.

The population of the United States is expected to increase by 44% from 2008 to 2050.[52]

Overpopulation - Wikipedia

The current population of the USA is 312.8 million people.

In a study entitled Food, Land, Population and the U.S. Economy, Professor David Pimentel, estimated the maximum U.S. population for a sustainable economy at 200 million. [73]

Sustainable economy?

We are thinking about traffic jams, air pollution, farmland concreted over, endless wars to seize valuable resources...

"The technological optimists are probably correct in claiming that overall world food production can be increased substantially over the next few decades...

"However, the environmental cost of what Paul R. and Anne H. Ehrlich describe as 'turning the Earth into a giant human feedlot' could be severe.

"A large expansion of agriculture to provide growing populations with improved diets is likely to lead to further deforestation, loss of speciessoil erosion, and pollution from pesticides and fertilizer runoff as farming intensifies and new land is brought into production."[117]

Overpopulation - Wikipedia

The fertility rate is going up. The best of all possible worlds? - The Economist...

The 'theory of demographic transition' held that, after the standard of living and life expectancy increase, family sizes and birth rates decline.

However, as new data has become available, it has been observed that after a certain level of development the fertility increases again.[66]

My friend Mardi was living in a village in West Java.

The surrounding area is fertile and good for growing rice.

But, as the population rose, there was no longer enough land for everyone.

Mardi could have moved his family to a remote part of the island of Kalimantan.

But he would have arrived in an area with poor soils and lots of hostile Dayaks.

Life would have been no easier.


Instead, Mardi moved his family to a heavily polluted slum in Jakarta, a city of 25 million people and heavy traffic jams..

The floods in the slum worsened each year, partly because so many trees in the region have been cut down and so much land has been concreted over.

Eventually the city authorities demolished the slum and Mardi had to return to his overcrowded village.
Mardi does use birth control and has only two children.

His sister has five children.

Worldwide, nearly 40% of pregnancies are unintended (some 80 million unintended pregnancies each year).[225]

One suggested solution is for population growth to be slowed quickly by investing heavily in female literacy and family planning services.[188]

Even very sparsely populated areas can be overpopulated if the area has a meager or non-existent capability to sustain life (e.g. a desert)

Overpopulation - Wikipedia

Estimates for the carrying capacity of the planet vary between 4 billion and 16 billion.

You will read below why the 16 billion figure is nonsense.

The population is expected to reach between 8 and 10.5 billion between the year 2040[7][8] and 2050.[9]

Steve Jones, head of the biology department at University College London, has said, "Humans are 10,000 times more common than we should be".[11]

The InterAcademy Panel Statement on Population Growth has stated that many environmental problems, such as pollution, are aggravated by the population expansion.[12]

Other problems associated with overpopulation include consumption of natural resources faster than the rate of regeneration.

A poor neighbourhood in Cairo.

The good news is that, in some parts of the world, the rate of population growth has been declining since the 1980s.

But, the world's population is still rising, even if not quite so fast.

And the 'theory of demographic transition' may have to be adjusted.

As new data has become available, it has been observed that after a certain level of development the fertility increases again.[66]

Some people who have become richer are now producing larger families!

Indonesia's population grew from 97 million in 1961 to 237.6 million in 2010,[38][39] a 145% increase in 49 years.

In India, the population grew from 361.1 million people in 1951 to just over 1.2 billion by 2011,[40][41] a 235% increase in 60 years.

The population of Chad grew from 6,279,921 in 1993 to 10,329,208 in 2009.[42]

According to the United Nations' World Population Prospects report:[49] the world population is currently growing by approximately 74 million people per year.

During 2005–2050, the net number of international migrants to more developed regions is projected to be 98 million.

Urban areas with at least one million inhabitants in 2006. 

If current trends continue, the world's urban population will double every 38 years, according to researchers. The UN forecasts that today's urban population of 3.2 billion will rise to nearly 5 billion by 2030, when three out of five people will live in cities.[55]

One billion people, one-sixth of the world's population, or one-third of urban population, now live in shanty towns,[57] which are seen as "breeding grounds" for social problems such as crime, drug addiction, alcoholism, poverty and unemployment.

In 2000, there were 18 megacities-conurbations such as Tokyo, Seoul, Mexico City, Mumbai, São Paulo and New York City – that have populations in excess of 10 million inhabitants. Greater Tokyo already has 35 million.[59]

Jakarta (24.9 million people), Dhaka (25 million), Karachi (26.5 million), Shanghai (27 million) and Mumbai (33 million).[60] Lagos 15 million.

Overpopulation - Wikipedia

United Nation's population projections by location

Does it help if women have more power?

One version of 'demographic transition' is proposed by anthropologist Virginia Abernethy in her book Population Politics.

She claims that population rises decrease primarily in nations where women enjoy a higher status (see Fertility-opportunity theory).

In strongly patriarchal nations, where she claims women enjoy few special rights, a high standard of living tends to result in population growth.

"Demographic entrapment" is an idea developed by Maurice King, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.

He writes that that this phenomenon occurs when a country has a population larger than its carrying capacity, no possibility of migration, and exports too little to be able to import food. This will cause starvation.

He claims that for example many sub-Saharan nations are or will become stuck in demographic entrapment, instead of having a demographic transition.[67]

Overpopulation - Wikipedia

World energy consumption & predictions, 1970–2025.

Problems associated with over-population include:

Deforestation, loss of ecosystems, increased noise air and water pollution, soil exhaustion, desertification, antibiotic resistant diseases, increased crime, starvation...

India, 1972

"Virgin stocks of several metals appear inadequate to sustain the modern 'developed world' quality of life for all of Earth's people under contemporary technology".[115]

A study by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) called the Global Environment Outlook[125] "found that human consumption had far outstripped available resources. Each person on Earth now requires a third more land to supply his or her needs than the planet can supply."

Fresh water supplies, on which agriculture depends, are running low worldwide.[128][129]

"Desalinated water may be a solution for some water-stress regions, but not for places that are poor, deep in the interior of a continent, or at high elevation. Unfortunately, that includes some of the places with biggest water problems."[137]

Food per person increased during the 1961–2005 period.

Some scientists argue that there is enough food to support the world population,[143][144] but critics dispute this, particularly if sustainability is taken into account.[145]

However, the figures for 2007 show an actual increase in absolute numbers of undernourished people in the world, 923 million in 2007 versus 832 million in 1995.[149].

The more recent FAO estimates point to an even more dramatic increase, to 1.02 billion in 2009.[150]

The proportion of the world's population living on less than $1 per day has gone down, but the figures have not been adjusted for inflation, and are thus misleading.[204]

A working class American may now have a higher wage than in the 1980s, but he is not necessarily better off, because prices have risen.

Percentage of population suffering from malnutrition by country, according to United Nations statistics. Red = most malnourished. Green = least malnourished.

Food riots have recently taken place in many countries across the world.[166][167][168]

Growing populations, falling energy sources and food shortages will create the "perfect storm" by 2030, according to the UK government chief scientist.

He said food reserves are at a 50-year low but the world requires 50% more energy, food and water by 2030.[172][173]

The world will have to produce 70% more food by 2050 to feed a projected extra 2.3 billion people, the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned.[174]

In Africa, if current trends of soil degradation and population growth continue, the continent might be able to feed just 25% of its population by 2025, according to UNU's Ghana-based Institute for Natural Resources in Africa.[175]

In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of malnourished people grew to 203.5 million people in 2000–02 from 170.4 million 10 years earlier says The State of Food Insecurity in the World report.

In 2001, 46.4% of people in sub-Saharan Africa were living in extreme poverty.[176]


Recent data indicate China's grain production peaked in the mid 1990s, due to over-extraction of groundwater in the North China plain.[178]

Japan may face a food crisis, believes a senior government adviser.[179]

The water tables are falling in scores of countries (including Northern China, the US, and India).

Even with the over-pumping of its aquifers, China has developed a grain deficit.  Desalination is also considered a viable and effective solution to the problem of water shortages.[134][135]

After China and India, there is a second tier of smaller countries with large water deficits – Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Mexico, and Pakistan.

The World Resources Institute states that "Agriculture has displaced one-third of temperate and tropical forests and one-quarter of natural grasslands."[189][190]

"Usable land may become less useful through salinizationdeforestationdesertificationerosion, and urban sprawl."

The United Nations indicates that about 850 million people are malnourished or starving,[100] and 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water.[82]

Some argue that the Earth may support 6 billion people, but, only if many live in misery.

The proportion of the world's population living on less than $1 per day has gone down, but the figures have not been adjusted for inflation, and are thus misleading.[204]

The UN Human Development Report of 1997 states: "During the last 15–20 years, in more than 100 developing countries... the reductions in standard of living have been deeper and more long-lasting than what was seen in the industrialised countries during the depression in the 1930s."

Wealth per capita graphed against fertility rate.

Environmental author Jeremy Rifkin has said that "our burgeoning population and urban way of life have been purchased at the expense of vast ecosystems and habitats. ... It's no accident that as we celebrate the urbanization of the world, we are quickly approaching another historic watershed: the disappearance of the wild."[208]

Says Peter Raven, in AAAS Atlas of Population and Environment, " During a remarkably short period of time, we have lost a quarter of the world's topsoil and a fifth of its agricultural land, altered the composition of the atmosphere profoundly, and destroyed a major proportion of our forests and other natural habitats without replacing them.

"Worst of all, we have driven the rate of biological extinction, the permanent loss of species, up several hundred times beyond its historical levels, and are threatened with the loss of a majority of all species by the end of the 21st century."

The Worldwatch Institute said: The world's ecological capacity is simply insufficient to satisfy the ambitions of China, India, Japan, Europe and the United States as well as the aspirations of the rest of the world in a sustainable way [209]

It said that if China and India were to consume as much resources per capita as the United States or Japan in 2030 together they would require a full planet Earth to meet their needs.[210]

In the long term these effects can lead to increased conflict.

The last Bali 'big cat'.

Worldwide, nearly 40% of pregnancies are unintended (some 80 million unintended pregnancies each year).[225]

An estimated 350 million women in the poorest countries of the world either did not want their last child, do not want another child or want to space their pregnancies, but they lack access to information, affordable means and services to determine the size and spacing of their families.

One option is to focus on education about overpopulation, family planning, and birth control methods, and to make birth-control devices like male/female condomspills and intrauterine devices easily available.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Thatcher's friends. Website for this image...

According to the Daily Star:

Police investigating a child sex ring at the heart of Margaret Thatcher’s government were warned: "Stop investigating if you want to keep your jobs.

A teenage rent boy told police that a Cabinet minister had been abusing him.

The boy said that he was one of a number of boys regularly having sex with top people.

Boys from Europe would also fly in to attend the top people's child sex orgies.

Daily Star Sunday

Belgium's Dutroux gang supplied girls to the elite, to be tortured and murdered.

According to the Daily Star:

The boy named a British Cabinet minister, who is still alive.

The boy referred to judges, members of the European elite and senior civil servants.

The boy disappeared, after blowing the whistle.

Daily Star Sunday

According to the Daily Star:

The police received allegations against the minister from a number of sources.

The police ­discovered top people were ­paying the boys to attend sex parties at 'millionaire properties'.

Some of the top child abusers were said to have flown in via Royal Air Force Northolt on the outskirts of London.

Daily Star Sunday

Paul Bonacci, who said that, as a child, he was kidnapped by the US military, tortured and subjected to sex abuse and mind control. In 1999, in a court in Omaha, he won $1,000,000 in damages. (Mind Control Victim Awarded $1 Million)

According to the Daily Star:

One boy told the police that wealthy men from Belgium attended the parties.

The married Cabinet minister the boy named held a series of top jobs in government.

Police sources in the minister's home region said there are allegations that he was once found trying to abuse the son of a friend.

Daily Star Sunday


Sir Jimmy Savile has been named by police as being part of a paedophile ring.


This ring allegedly involved two top businessmen in the town of Scarborough - former Scarborough mayor Peter Jaconelli and arcade boss Jimmy Corrigan, both now dead.

Jaconelli appeared in the BBC TV show Savile’s Travels.

In Scarborough in 2003 two men were jailed for abusing young girls in the 1980s.

During that investigation there was 'local gossip' about Savile.

But, the police did not interview Savile.

Was Savile working for the security services?

(Refusing to become a spook can result in a life in prison -Muslim care worker who refused to join MI5...)

(The British police do not have a good reputation. England schoolboy rugby star locked up - 'for filming police having a break in a bar)

In 2002, Savile appeared in a Louis Theroux documentary, which was highly critical of Savile.

In the same year, Savile said of Theroux: "If he wants to die, he can die.

"He won't be the first that I've put away."

Forensic psychologist Dr Ian Stephen said the Police should "keep an open mind" with regards to Savile and any open murder cases.

He said: "They could be looking at places he was, places where people disappeared, that is how they have done it with other people."

Savile: Did he admit murder?


Jimmy Savile wrote:

"I say, wouldn't it be a great idea if we all had two separate goes at life?

"Or would it be the same? Would the personal mistakes still be made that hold us captive to the system?

"The violent crime of momentary passion that gets people locked up for life.

"The temptation that puts you outside the law of society, brands you, and affects you till you die.

"Whatever it’s all about, we’re all well and truly stuck with it...."

Jimmy Savile: a strange and sordid life unravels after death

Angus Ogilvy, husband of Princess Alexandra of Kent and Jimmy Savile.

Jimmy Savile wrote:

"With Angus Ogilvy and his super missus Princess Alexandra one feels a great friendship from the off.

"I am the vice-president to his presidency of the National Association of Youth Clubs and he is often down with us at headquarters in Devonshire Street, wanting to know what’s happening.

"Princess Alex is a patron of a hostel for girls in care.

"At this place I’m a cross between a term-time boyfriend and a fixer of special trips out."

Jimmy Savile: a strange and sordid life unravels after death

John Michie as Jacko Vance

Crime writer Val McDermid says that one of her most evil characters, Jacko Vance, was based on Savile.

Jacko Vance is "a TV celebrity with a secret lust for torture, murder and under-age girls".

Vance features in the 1997 bestseller The Wire in the Blood.

I based psycho on Jimmy Savile, says writer Val McDermid

Morrison at children's home

Rod Richards is a former Conservative Member of Parliament and ex-leader of the Welsh Tories.

He says that he has seen evidence linking Margaret Thatcher's close friend Sir Peter Morrison to the North Wales children's homes case, in which up to 650 children in 40 homes were raped.

Richards also linked a second top Conservative to the scandals at homes including Bryn Estyn and Bryn Alyn Hall, both near Wrexham.

Labour MP Tom Watson has mentioned a high-level paedophile ring linked to a former Downing Street aide – who was not Morrison.


Sunday, September 30, 2012


1. "Money spent on early childhood yields higher returns than in any other phase of life.

"It can also reduce galloping inequality."

(Why three is the magic number - Simon Kuper, Financial Times, 28 September 2012)

Romney. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP...

2. "You can make a (pretty good) argument to say that risinginequality, in the form of falling real wages for the 99 per cent, left consumers with no power to consume unless they borrowed to do so - another big contributory factor in the financial crisis."

(The day that really changed the world - Merryn Somerset Webb, Financial Times, 28 September 2012.)

It pays to pay people well, and it pays to spend money on infants.

Infant Mortality Rates are high in the USA.

3.  Mitt Romney referred to the 47 per cent of Americans who rely on handouts from the government.

If Romney wants to improve the situation, he needs to think about infants.

A modest investment in infants means that governments can eventually spend less on prisons, mental hospitals, and welfare handouts.

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4. Let's look at 'Why three is the magic number' by Simon Kuper

According to Simon Kuper:

There has been research into the 'stimulation' of infants.

Health workers made weekly visits to a group of poor mothers and infants.

They were given extra milk, books and toys.

The mothers were coached in playing and chatting with their kids. 

By their late teens, these 'stimulated' children, compared to their peers, had:

Higher IQs,

Better mental health, and

Lower rates of crime.

And today, the previously stimulated infants appear to beearning higher wages than their peers.

According to Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child: "In the first few years of life, 700 new neural connections are formed every second."

Neural connections build 'brain architecture'.

By age 3, the average American child of college-educated parents knows 1,200 words.

By age 3, the average child of parents on welfare knows about 400 words. 

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According to James Heckman, the Nobel-winning economist, early-childhood 'investment' boosts future health, productivity and equality, while also reducing crime.

Professor Grantham-McGregor, of University College London, says:

"I found in Jamaica that the moment parents realise stimulating infants  matters, they become quite keen to do it." 

Pakistan’s 'lady health visitors' are achieving great results, she says.

Peru has a similar programme. 

A modest investment in infants means that governments can eventually spend less on prisons, mental hospitals, and welfare handouts.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012


Glasgow, once the Second City of the British Empire, now lies next to a dangerous nuclear weapons base.

Just as Detroit is famous for its high crime rate, and Monaco is famous for its high life expectancy, Glasgow is famous for its high death rate.

Life expectancy in Monaco is 90.

In 2006, life expectancy in one part of Glasgow was 54, lower than in Bangladesh.

Glasgow is famous for its sectarian violence - Catholics and Protestants.

The Economist, August 2012, examines the mystery of Glasgow - No city for old men

1. "Wander out into the streets of Glasgow... and it is possible to mistake the place for an unexplored corner of New York."

But, Glasgow has a higher death rate than New York.

In Glasgow the death rate is particulary high for those in the age range 15 - 44.

2. Even in rich parts of Glasgow, death rates are 15% higher than in similar districts of other big cities.

The UK's Trident nuclear missiles are based at Faslane just 25 miles west of Glasgow. The Polaris nuclear missile programme began in 1962

From the Sunday Herald, 16 May 2010:

The UK Ministry of Defence is struggling to deal with hundreds of safety blunders, pollution leaks and environmental lapses at the nuclear weapons bases on the Firth of Clyde.

Official reports obtained by the Sunday Herald reveal that Faslane and Coulport have been plagued by nuclear accidents, radioactive contamination and fires over the last two years.

Nuclear weapon safety

The MoD is responsible for up to 220 nuclear warheads, used to arm Trident missiles on four submarines. The warheads are stored at Coulport, near Glasgow, and are regularly transported by road to and from the bomb factories at Aldermaston and Burghfield in Berkshire.

3. Up until 1950 Glasgow looked normal.

But between 1950 and 1980 a gap opened up between it and other big cities in Britain.

One reason was deaths from cancer.

Then, starting in about 1980, the gap widened again.

The old Glasgow, with its sense of community, seemed healthier?

4. "Adjusting for age, poverty and gender, Glasgow has more than twice as many deaths from drink and drugs as Liverpool and Manchester."

But, Glasgow smokes and binge-drinks less than Manchester and Liverpool.

The old Glasgow slums have been replaced by large anonymous housing estates where drugs gangs are a major problem.

5. The Glasgow Centre for Population Health examined 20 regions in Europe which, like Glasgow, went through rapid deindustrialisation.

Glasgow came out sicker than all of them.

This was "even when its residents were richer and better educated than their continental peers."

Glasgow was built on the River Clyde and many of the worlds ships were built in Glasgow.

6. In Glasgow, there has been an increase in the number of deaths from drugs, drink and suicide since 1980.

But, Glasgow smokes and binge-drinks less than Manchester and Liverpool.

Do certain Glasgow gangsters have links to the 'powers-that-be'? 

Johnny 'Mad Dog' Adair and his friend Glasgow gangster Tam McGraw were deeply involved in the drug trade between Scotland and Ulster (Northern Ireland)' McGRAW: PETTY THIEF TO A £30M FORTUNE HOW DRUG-DEALING ) 

The Daily Record wrote: "Local uniforms and CID could often be found sitting in the McGraws' home drinking tea and smoking."

 When McGraw bought The Caravel pub, certain well-known detectives were in regularly, drinking heavily and never putting their hand in their pockets." (aangirfan: THE UK LABOUR PARTY'S STEVEN PURCELL AND COCAINE GANGSTERS 

7.  Unhealthy diet?

The people of Manchester and Liverpool eat just as few green vegetables as poor Glaswegians.

Thatcher wrecked Scotland's economy; Gordon Brown made things even worse.

8. Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, in their book 'The Spirit Level' claim that in very unequal societies everyone’s health suffers.

Greater income inequality in Britain followed Margaret Thatcher’s election in 1979.

Council Estate in Glasgow. The Labour Party, the party of Tony Blair, has run Glasgow for many years. 

9. Glasgow moved many people from its friendly inner city 'slums' into vast, poorly policed, council estates, like Castlemilk, which had few amenities.

But, other British cities also created these horrid housing estates.

Extracts from the comments on The Economist article: 

Huw Sayer - Business Writer

Note: Glasgow has the highest levels of child poverty in Scotland .

http://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_129721_en.pdf http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2009/01/29150444/68

In Glasgow, the middle classes moved postwar to such placed as Milngave, Bearsden, Whitecraigs or Newton Mearns (all very posh), or more moderate suburbs such as Bishopbrgigs, which are beyond the city boundary and are not included in Glasgow statistics...

This means that far fewer wealthy suburbs (Pollokshields, Newlands, parts of the West End, as noted by the writer) exist within the city boundary than in other comparable cities

Yet the people who now live beyond the Glasgow city boundary still see themselves in the main as Glaswegian, use Glasgow’s hospitals, streets, state-funded theatre etc, though importantly not the state schools (though they are major patrons of the city’s private schools).

As results, while Glasgow’s health, education and income statistics are bad, while statistics for surrounding council areas, where most of the wealthy live, mainly East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, are some of the best in Scotland.

If Glasgow’s boundaries were extended to include large parts of East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire, then its statistics would improve somewhat, although this in no way dismisses Glasgow’s well known and, as the article argues, almost unsolvable health problems.

Jose Oei

Kevin Bridges, a local talent, noted that according to surveys, Glasgow was both the murder capital in Europe and the friendliest city in the UK. As he says, that is the kind of place where you can be stabbed, but you will be told the correct directions to the hospital.

It is actually a very safe and friendly city. The violent deaths are most related with football (Celtic Vs Ranger, they go crazy), and drugs (a serious world problem).