Tuesday, 23 February 2010

You've Been Glasgowed

Excellent article in Holyrood magazine about programmes in Cincinnati and Boston which seek to tackle gang violence.

Strathclyde Police's Chief Inspector had gone to the USA to see how their programme worked.  It was a balanced piece, highly informative and well worth a read.  You can find it here.

One American police officer told the Chief Inspector that they called a stabbing a 'Glasgow'.

As a result, one SNP MSP has decided to lodge the motion below in the Scottish Parliament:
S3M-05795 Anne McLaughlin (Glasgow) (Scottish National Party): Condemning the Phrase, Someone Has Been Glasgowed— That the Parliament condemns the phrase, someone has been Glasgowed, which is reported to be used by the Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) in Ohio in the United States of America, when referring to stabbing incidents; notes its absolute disapproval of the practice of portraying Glasgow as a city of the blade; recognises the issue of knife crime in Glasgow and across the country; considers that the Scottish Government takes knife crime very seriously and has introduced a serious of measures that have resulted in the reduction of this type of crime across the city of Glasgow as a whole by over 17% in the last two years, prime examples being in Baillieston, Shettleston and Eastern Glasgow, where knife crime rates were highest but have been reduced by over 39% in the same time period; considers that the people of Glasgow are best known for their hospitality, culture and good humour; encourages officials from the CPD to come and experience these measures and Glasgow hospitality first hand, and calls on the CPD to ensure that this derogatory term is no longer used when referring to someone having been stabbed.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

what about a 'glasgow kiss'...will that be up for banning too