I live in Scotland, Glasgow specifically.
The broader history is that we used to build ships and have other heavy industry but all thats left of that is one BAE hanger which has been building a pair of aircraft carriers for like 8 years. The fall out from this de-industrialisation meant that during the 60's basically everybody was moved into suburbs and for a long time we were the most violent city in europe and also the herion capital, there was also massive sectarian violence spilling over from football and the irish troubles
Because of this, by the end of the 80s through to the 2000's there was some investment to turn the place around, but it went into shit like a stadium for concerts, an imax theatre, a science centre. So basically there is still fuck all here but night life
These days I honestly don't know what the fuck gets made in Glasgow, in the surrounding towns like East Kilbride, Motherwell etc we have some small factories for generally low end products, like bottle factories or box factories or something. There certainly isn't any one industry in Scotland I would say is specific to Glasgow.
Any high level production in Scotland tends to be done away from cities, we have some tech firms for example of moderately high quality, we have the whiskey industry, and we have oil. None of this is really in Glasgow, on top of that, near Aberdeen where the oil is, has been fucked by the oil market, it was fucked before that, had a boom, and is now fucked again.
In Glasgow itself, there is a financial district but its not even the main financial district in Scotland because that is in Edinburgh, which is also where all the political infrastructure is housed, i.e. the parliament etc.
So pretty much all young people work in like a bar or a call centre of some description, anybody who says they work in an "office" works in a glorified call centre unless they are a lawyer or something. There is also a thriving arts scene and its a big student town, so there is a pretty large amount of middle class hipsters about living off grants to make video art or some shit. What all this means of course is that corona is going smash utterly what little commerce there is in Glasgow. When I say everyone works in bars, the city is famous for its night life, this has already been attacked ruthlessly by the council so that it was in decline, this will finish it off completely. Obviously you have some construction jobs etc like any city but that alone isn't enough to employ a population. There is widespread unemployment and the employment that is there has very little prospect
I will say compared to some places Glasgow is pretty comfy, rent is comparatively cheap, food etc can also be got cheap. You do however get what you pay for, flats are notoriously shit, although they might be bigger than in a lot of places, they are all old and degraded.
the minimum wage is 8.21 but it went up to like 8.80ish just after corona hit, this did not bump up any furlough pay though, furlough pay was worked out on the lower rate. 8.21 will get you 2 pints. Just. In a lot of bars it won't. A pack of fags is about 11/12 quid by now but I don't buy straights any more so idk might be even higher. In most places you can buy large amounts of vegetables pretty cheap from ethnic shops. In tesco it can be a bit expensive but not crazily so. A chicken breast of medium quality is like £3.20. A meal deal at tesco is £3.50 and that gets you a sandwhich, a drink, some crisps. Rent you can pay anywhere from like £200 a month in a shit house with 5 other people or like £450-£500+ a month if you want to stay by yourself. Generally one bedroom is gonna average around £300-£350 on the cheaper end of things, maybe getting up to £400 these days. Then you are gonna owe £100 odd in council tax and another £100 again for energy and internet every month. Then prob another £30ish for your phone. Transport is expensive and shit. to travel half an hour to edinburgh is £24 in peak time. Buses are 2.40 minimum and NEVER turn up on up on time. I mean NEVER. This is something everyone agrees on basically. Ditto the trains, the SNP have been the single most anti train party in history. Literally the opposite of Trotsky. Every second train is cancelled, main lines often become inoperable for long periods at peak times. A lot of stuff in Scotland is like this, for example we have a load of schools and public buildings which are unsafe and and bunch of them collapsed, the reason for this is Lab/Lib/SNP neo lib "the state spends the money but the private contractor does the job every body wins because its like socialism because the government does stuff but with profits for private companies also" What that means in practice is a load of shit stuff that doesn't work and profits maintained.
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