Maybe poorer underdog candidates are the answer to ousting fat cat councillors : Daily Record.

Annie Brown is impressed by a single mother from Glasgow looking to stand up for her community as a councillor.

My mum tells the story of my grandmother and a neighbour, raising their families on the breadline in rural Ireland, who both received 10 shillings in the post on the same day.

My grandmother ran to her neighbour to share the windfall but met her halfway, heading to her house to do the same.

The women had been used to helping each other out, an extra potato flung in a pot to fatten the soup or a homemade loaf cut in half.

The poor have always been demonised, this Tory government propaganda campaign is nothing new.

But people who have little share a lot and are not the skivers and scroungers they are conveniently painted to be.

This week I interviewed Cathy Milligan, a single mother from Glasgow’s Castlemilk estate who is standing in tomorrow’s council election.

She was slightly nervous about the interview so two women, friends and campaigners sat by her side to give her confidence.

Cath Milligan and Keira McLean at anti-austerity meeting in Castlemilk (Photo: Daily Record)

They were a small but formidable force, eloquent, passionate and disarmingly honest, to a journalist used to professional politicians dodging questions.

I confess I hadn’t taken much interest in the council elections until I spoke to Cathy and I realised the difference men and women like her can make.

With others, she was a founding member of Castlemilk Against Austerity, an organisation of inspiring solidarity.

Cathy is a former youth worker who raised her niece and nephew after her sister died, whose grief drove her to a mental breakdown, exacerbated by fighting for benefits.

At one point she was surviving on only £47 a week.

An independent, she doesn’t have to kowtow to a party, she isn’t a puppet of spin and she has experienced first hand the poverty of those she seeks to represent.

She is still struggling with her mental health but such fragility adds to her strengths as a candidate in a community blighted by mental illness, brought on by the stresses of survival.

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3 Comments

  1. Good for her. There’s only one way to change things, and that’s to get involved in the community, on a local council level, and take back our rights.

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