As you will have seen I received Alex Harvey’s biog by John Neil Munro for Fathers Day.
I was struck by this quote early in the book with Alex sounding off about National Service:
“I wisnae gonna fight for the fucking English. I’d been brought up in a single end in a tenement, Me and my old man, my mother and my brother…….And these people come along and say ‘Fight for your country’. In this place where I lived there were rats crawling through the walls. Fight for what?….I couldn’t have cared less if the fuckin’ Germans had come and taken the Gorbals….They were welcome to it…..This is a place where a 100 kids had the same shithouse…..That was our country…..Rats and tenements.’