Darren McGarvey: In the next chapter of my life I will keep some opinions to myself – Darren McGarvey

It is with a minimum of melancholy that I bring you this week’s column, because it will be the last.

It all happened suddenly but, for a variety of reasons, my time at the Daily Record comes to an amicable end today.

Having started at STV Online in 2015, looking and feeling much younger than I do now, before moving on to the Scotsman, a weekly tirade in the paper once seemed like a piece of cake.

The Record was perfect for me because it gave me a direct line to working class people. Since my teens, I have been campaigning on issues like child poverty, inequality, and mental health.

Having a platform as widely read as this document to express my views has been a real honor.

But while it’s not exactly hard work, you’d be surprised how much space 600 words take up in your head over the course of seven days.

Throw in a couple of kids, a house to manage, and various other professional and personal commitments amidst the low-level chaos of everyday life, and suddenly what once seemed like a walk in the park becomes a surprisingly difficult task for you. feel. to.

When time was not such a limited resource, I loved keeping up with the news, taking notes, making observations, and letting them cook for a few days before laying out my thoughts on these pages.

I took pride in how long I was willing to consider an issue from different sides, even if it meant inviting criticism.

Now I find that time slips away a little more often than I’m comfortable with.

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The country is a trash can of fire. The topics of the day need to be thought through and discussed with due consideration.

In all honesty, the demands placed on me today are such that I can’t always give topics the proper thought they deserve.

The last few years have been very humiliating. Where once I might have given my opinion freely on a variety of topics, believing myself to be terribly informed, I’ve found that I’m good at writing about a handful of things, if that.

Class is my territory. That’s my specialty. However, we as commentators often come to see ourselves as generalists, able to understand complex issues and debate before a deadline is presented, even when the issues are far beyond our expertise or experience.

I’ve seen the damage that can be done when people like me, who don’t know as much as we like to think, feel compelled to talk about topics because they’re “trending”, despite not having a deep understanding.

The truth is that I am not an expert in much at all. In an age of fake news, where our information ecosystem is clogged with half-truths, lies, and partisan hot shots, I often wonder what good my opinion can really do.

Not least, in my case, where too often I only have a few hours to build it.

And so it is in that spirit of humility, with the desire to leave a little more oxygen in the room for others, that I will strive in this next chapter of my life to keep some of my opinions to myself.

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Thank you all for reading and have a great day.

Credit card vultures don’t care about the interests of vulnerable people

Millions are bracing this week for a massive spike in energy prices on top of rising food and travel costs and a looming increase in national insurance.

As household incomes shrink, more of us will rely on credit cards to keep things running.

But that’s where the cost-of-living crisis really gets complicated.

As you use credit cards and your monthly payments increase, so does the likelihood that your rate will increase.

You see, helpful credit card companies see your increased spending and rising credit balance as justification to hit you with even higher interest rates, which means that just when you start to feel the pinch, they swoop in and add to your problems.

How thoughtful of you.

With friends like these, who needs enemies.

More of us will rely on credit cards to keep things running.
More of us will rely on credit cards to keep things running.

Rovers scored an OG

Raith Rovers scored a pretty fatal own goal this week in signing rapist David Goodwillie, regardless of his U-turn yesterday.

I think what made it all worse is that the club made no effort to acknowledge the deeply worrying nature of their initial decision.

How did you think people would react?

After a day of justified public reaction, they had issued a tone deaf statement emphasizing that Goodwillie is a proven goalscorer and that was the main factor in his decision.

Instead of providing clarity, the press release acted as a further provocation.

Lifelong fan and author Val McDermid aptly cut ties with the club and many others followed.

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The man in question has so far neither expressed remorse nor sought to make amends for his actions. Surely his goalscoring ability was always irrelevant here? Really shocking stuff.

rapist david goodwillie
rapist david goodwillie

Making ‘ethical’ do a lot of work

Music legends Neil Young and Joni Mitchell have pulled their music from Spotify in protest of Joe Rogan’s podcast.

A principled position could be said.

Of course, given how many artists have been duped by the streaming platform over the years, the ethical time to leave was the day it was created.


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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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