I mean, in one sense, why is Glasgow for example called Red Clydeside? Why does it stand out over fifty, sixty years? And we can’t divorce that from the combination the Highland and, particularly, the Irish community has brought there. Now huge conflicts go on when ... I mean obviously not everybody that comes from Ireland is very radical, far from it. You have the influence of the Catholic Church weighing quite heavily in many ways and forming ... But you’ll see things, for example, like a whole wave of Irish cultural activities, some of which will actually have people ... very orthodox Catholics, and others will have people who are also happen to be trade unionists, others work for people, also happen to be Labour ... They still maintain contact with each other and I think out of this and the fact that there are overarching things, traditionally been trade unions and say the Labour Party compared to Belfast which was never able to do that, have brought people from different traditions into contact. I have come across members of the old Communist Party who remained Catholics, secular Catholics, but they were privately still Catholics, whereas others in actual fact I’ve come across I can actually say probably ... when you come across them you say, actually, they’ve dropped hardcore Catholicism for hardcore Bolshevism but there’s not a great deal of difference in between the two! There’s a whole swathe of things and provided these people come in contact with each other in different ... in joint struggles, even better than joint organisations, then I actually see that as very, very positive.

  • Allan Armstrong
Location:
Glasgow
Date:
Tuesday 25th May 2010
Reference:
SWI2010/013