Thursday, April 26, 2007

George Galloway

There's an interesting story in today's Herald in which George Galloway implies that the Solidarity Leader Tommy Sheridan is the heir to a series of heavyweight Labour Scottish Secretaries. He is quoted as saying:

"Willie Ross was a legend, followed by Bruce Millan and Donald Dewar and then we got down to Henry McLeish and unbelievably we tumbled further to Jack McConnell. Not so much spring-heeled Jack as a political pygmy.

"Alex Salmond is head and shoulders and more above Jack McConnell, everyone knows that, but the person I would be voting for is Tommy Sheridan because he is head and shoulders above Alex Salmond."

6 Comments:

Blogger Niall said...

Hello David, found your blog courtesy of purchasing your book. And a good book it is too, very useful for my thesis. As for Tommy Sheridan being the heir to a series of heavyweight Labour Scottish Secretaries? That'll be by virtue of a lack of competition (in Galloway's eyes at least) then. As lazy as the comparison can be considered, Sheridan is more akin to the old firebrands like Maclean and Gallacher. Willie Ross would be incandescent at the thought of being compared to somebody like Sheridan and his alliance to the independence movement surely?

3:37 AM

 
Blogger David Torrance said...

Hi Niall, thanks for your post. What's your thesis on? Glad my book has been of some use. I think you're right, Willie Ross would never have approved of Tommy Sheridan and his ilk, being above all a Labour loyalist. Galloway, I think, was simply trying to stir things up. I doubt Ross would have approved of Galloway either.

11:44 AM

 
Blogger Niall said...

Hello David, Ross would have had Galloway for dinner! My thesis is on economic planning in the Highlands in the post-1945 period. I'm due to finish it over the summer then start publishing from it. I was considering writing a similar piece as you have until I saw you beat me to it! How are your sales doing? Well I hope.

5:21 PM

 
Blogger David Torrance said...

Sales are a bit sluggish unfortunately, but the market for such books is rather small. Interesting subject, I have a book on my shelf called Public Administration in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, but that only covers the pre-war period; you'll be covering the Highland Panel, the HIDB etc, I would be interested to see it once you're finished!

3:45 PM

 
Blogger David Torrance said...

Sales are a bit sluggish unfortunately, but the market for such books is rather small. Interesting subject, I have a book on my shelf called Public Administration in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, but that only covers the pre-war period; you'll be covering the Highland Panel, the HIDB etc, I would be interested to see it once you're finished!

3:45 PM

 
Blogger Niall said...

I believe I may have read said book. Sorry to hear sales are a little sluggish, I expect your book will sell plenty over time though. I am covering a bit on the Highland Panel and HIDB, but much of my focus is actually on the centralised aspect of large-scale economic planning- four major developments in particular. Of course, rather than writing about it here I should be writing it proper!

1:24 AM

 

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