Re­minder that not all in the gar­den is rosy

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - COMMENT -

It has felt, in re­cent times and de­spite all the usual bumps in the road, that Dundee has — by and large — been a city bask­ing in the wel­come, if not en­tirely com­mon, glow of op­ti­mism.

The re­gen­er­a­tion of the wa­ter­front — and most no­tably the im­mi­nent open­ing of the V&A — has at­tracted pos­i­tive head­lines not just na­tion­wide, but across the world.

Au­gust pub­li­ca­tions from Amer­ica and main­land Europe have been among those high­light­ing changes within the city, urg­ing their read­ers to visit Dundee.

It has, in short, been widely re­garded as an ex­cit­ing time for the set­tle­ment and its in­hab­i­tants.

Yet, it would be fool­ish in­deed to ig­nore other, less wel­come, head­lines.

Poverty, drug use and at­tain­ment con­tinue to be prob­lems for far too many within the city. Un­em­ploy­ment is also a peren­nial is­sue. Yes­ter­day there was more bad news as it was an­nounced that hun­dreds of jobs are un­der threat at Dundee’s flag­ship Miche­lin fac­tory.

It is a wor­ry­ing time for staff mem­bers and their fam­i­lies with cuts and “changes to shift pat­terns” on the cards.

The firm has been oper­at­ing in the city for al­most five decades and it must be stressed that there is ab­so­lutely no sug­ges­tion that the as­so­ci­a­tion is go­ing to end.

How­ever, there is a de­gree of un­cer­tainty. The sooner we see some clar­ity for all those in­volved, the bet­ter.

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