Tuesday, June 07, 2005

City's anti-bigotry drive "success"

From the BBC:
"School pupils in Glasgow are to reveal how more than 100 community-based projects have helped to combat sectarianism.
Glasgow City Council launched its Sense Over Sectarianism campaign in 2001 to deal with the problem.

On Tuesday, pupils will be joined by Justice Minister Cathy Jamieson and the city council leader to explain how they have tackled the issue.

Winning campaign posters will be rewarded at St Gregory's Primary.

Representatives from Celtic, Rangers, the Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland and Strathclyde Police will also attend the event.

The community-based projects to tackle sectarianism have received £482,000 in grants since the launch.

Speaking before the event, city council leader Stephen Purcell said the anti-bigotry drive was proving a success.

He explained: 'As an authority we have always made it clear about our commitment to tackle bigotry and sectarianism in all forms.'"
Anyone who knows anything about Glasgow City Council will find this amusing - or infuriating, depending on how one is feeling. The one step Glasgow City Council could take that would really help to overcome bigotry - the integration of our schooling system - hasn't been considered, of course.

Instead, will get more of this sort of well-meaning, but ineffectual gestures - plus no doubt some use of the incitement to religious hatred legislation, if it becomes law. I'm looking forward to see how that'll go: "Hello, police? Yes, I'm witnessing a crime - an incitement to religious hatred. Where am I? Ibrox. What do the perpetrators look like? Difficult to be specific; there's several thousands of them..."

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