EDINBURGH: In January, St Andrews was liberated. Well, they tried hard, liberation week lasted from the 10th to the 17th and got a lot of straight media coverage for its women’s lib street theatre.
Sunday was best. A seminar on sexual liberation! Danny Mullen, Jim Halcrow and Alaister Davidson were there to represent the gay scene, Danny is the new chairman of SMG.
SMG are doing a lot of righteous work up there, but Danny came on saying there wasn’t and never had been a GLF group in Scotland. But who was groovin’ at their Cobweb Dance on the 26th January?
Some of us don’t worry over much about chairmen and committees, but in public, from a major spokesman, let’s see some solidarity. When SMG are pushing a homosexual law reform bill, let’s not see it knocked in public by the chairman of SMG. Danny didn’t mention that bill until a guy in the audience prompted him. He then said that he had a lot of reservations about it.
Solidarity in the gay movement comes before factionalism. No one gives a damn how many legal niceties or official pecking orders there may be – just get on with it.
EDINBURGH: When Councillor Kidd speaks the Scottish press usually listens for he is always controversial copy.
Kidd, the working man’s Longford, has always been proud of his relationship with the police and the press.
The trinity, he assured our reporter, was responsible for cleaning up the Scottish capital’s pubs and clubs of go-go dancers and strippers.
“The situation was desperate,” Kidd states. “Housewives phoned me up seeking help, their husbands were in pubs where these strippers danced, some even dipped their breasts in pints. The housewives were alarmed at the effect these artists were having on their husbands.” With the help of the press, Kidd soon had the situation under control. Pubs and clubs were not his only target, the “Traverse Theatre Club has been behaving itself,” he assured us “in the last 12 months.”
What he didn’t mention was that the club now has a substantial council grant and this may have had a taming effect on that hotbed of liberal depravity.
However Councillor Kidd’s peace of mind didn’t last long, for on St Andrews night, in the capital itself, boobs and beer were once again united. “It’s disgusting,” he said. “I was astounded. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. It’s unbelievable.”
To make matters worse, Kidd could not rely on the support of his old allies, the press. For the boobs and all the other accessories were being flashed in, of all places the Edinburgh press club at their annual St Andrews Day dinner/dance.
FOOTNOTE: Councillor Kidd is a versatile puritan, for he’s one of the most vociferous anti-gay activists in Scotland. See his amazing answers to GN interview in GN7.
GLASGOW: The city’s Black Box News Service, Scotland’s alternative news agency, which ran Spike, the country’s ‘other’ newspaper, until costs caught up with the organisation and the paper had to be folded, is being dragged through the courts by Daeha printers of Oxford, for not paying the print bill on Spike, Issue one.
Black Box say: “We refused to pay the full print bill because they made such an arse of the issue – wrong size, shit paper, and those duplicate ads. If you remember the issue you will see what we mean.”
After their experience with Daeha, Black Box had Spike issue two printed at FI Litho, Gay News’ printers. Then costs killed Spike, the only alternative voice in Scotland.
Snippet from Scotland
Peeping police pursuing people peeing came across two men in the throes of gross indecency. Despite the fact that one turned out to be a vicar they were both fined £10 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on August 16. The vicar’s lawyer described it as a very sad case. “Mr Mc—— cares deeply for his wife and church. He is a man of conscience.”
The beat goes on.