Ah, that explains it then

Walsh’s report strongly suggested a theory: that radical urban planning decisions from the 1950s onwards had made not just the physical but the mental health of Glasgow’s population more vulnerable to the consequences of deindustrialisation and poverty.

After you account for the poverty, deep fried mars bars and the rest it’s the socialist planners that are killing the people. They built machines for dying in.

10 thoughts on “Ah, that explains it then”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    That’s quite interesting but this sums up the problem:

    Life expectancy for Glaswegians has long been notoriously low, but planners are starting to learn how to make citizens healthier – and happier

    The central planner’s conceit: next time it will be different.

  2. The central planner’s conceit: next time it will be different.

    That should be titled “The Socialist Delusion”

  3. The consequences of deindustrialisation. I wish these guys would get their story right. Industrialisation is the greatest evil since the talking snake, OR, industrialisation is socialist nirvana complete with gambolling lambs. When you hear both versions from the same person it leads to severe cases of facepalming.

  4. Modern architecture and urban planning seem to be actively anti-human. The negative effects on communities wellbeing wrought by those policies have been catastrophic for many British people.



    For ideas on humane urban planning.

  5. What would be the outcome of a purely laissez-faire planning system? In the developing world, anyone with two pennies to rub together immediately builds massive walls around their 1/8th acre plot, and closes themselves off from the outside world. It’s about as far from the New Urbanists’ traditional housing as you can get.

  6. ‘Relocating workers and their families to new towns was described in mid-1960s parliamentary discussions as “skimming the cream”.’

    That’s not quite how the residents of the old towns that often had to accept “overspill” would have described them.

    When I was a boy about all I saw of Glasgow was when Rangers and Celtic supporters would descend en masse to watch the fitba. “Neanderthals” was how one local football fan described them.

    But there was one other little bit of Glasgow I saw – the visiting supporters of Clyde, Third Lanark, and the Jags. Perfectly pleasant people, joking and smiling and enjoying themselves. Odd, eh?

  7. Who would have thought the people who built the Brutalist concrete nightmares of the Fifties and Sixties hated people?

  8. Had to work in a brand new building a couple of years ago that was proudly boasted about being LEED gold standard or some such thing.
    My first comment was did the architects/designers know that people were supposed to work in here, clearly people are not considered part of the environment

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