Reminder that not all in the garden is rosy
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.