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Quote of the Day

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.’




3 Responses

  1. What struck you about it, Rab?

  2. I think the honesty and the humour Kevin. It’s a concise quote and hard to argue with really. If I may put it in some context, straight after the quote it was emphasised that AH was not anti English and that he had lived in East Finchley with his English wife for 20 years. I was interested that Harvey, like his father and grandfather before him was a conscientious objector. He enrolled as such in January 1954.

  3. Ah. I must admit I know little about Harvey other than he did some legendary shows. Nick Abbot the radio presenter says that they were the best he’d ever attended.

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