Editor John Hill rejoices a brilliant Scottish revolution
I am proud to have been raised in a small village that once was a world leader for inventions, but has been butchered by Thatcherism and globalism and lurched downwards to being Britain’s toughest town. But is making a great comeback thanks to the efforts of HRH Prince Charles, and President Trump’s family, who have achieved what the politicians have failed to do – by bringing Cumnock and Ayrshire’s best coastal area from poverty and dereliction to be being great again.
“Cumnock? Is that not a caramel biscuit”? Jested Sir Billy Connolly when we met years ago. No Billy, it’s in Ayrshire, I retorted.
Billy closed the conversation with this stunning quip – “I wouldnae brag aboot that, sonny”
Ouch! It really hurt, but, Billy was right as iron and steelworks, rail lines, shipyards, car factories and the entire the coal mining industry, farming, and fishing were all devasted, leading to stunning hardship, and the region which once boasted Britain’s first street lighting, discovered tarmac roads, and tested road cat’s eyes, as well as being involved with Logie Baird’s TV invention went downhill fast. Sorry, forgot to mention Cumnock’s footballing greats such as the Shankly brothers, who rebuilt Liverpool FC, and my late mother’s Caldow family, whose most famous son was Eric Caldow, captain of Rangers FC and Scotland.
As families fled the devastated mining area it lurched into chaos and semi-squalor, with mines left rusting, and open-cast companies failed too – and so neglect led to the kind of impoverishment which caused ITV commentator Ross Kemp to christen it “Britain’s toughest town.
But do come back Billy, and all SNP critics, and see how the area has been brought back to life – by HRH Prince Charles, and ditto just 20 miles away at Turnberry resort by Eric Trump at Turnberry.