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Moray pigeon fanciers welcome Darren McGarvey's Class Wars


By Chris Saunderson

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Pigeon fanciers in Elgin will feature in the latest episode of a BBC Scotland programme looking at the issue of class.

Darren McGarvey’s Class Wars will go out on the BBC Scotland channel on Tuesday March 2 at 10pm.

Darren McGarvey in a pigeon loft in Elgin.
Darren McGarvey in a pigeon loft in Elgin.

The series features social activist Darren McGarvey taking a thought-provoking and entertaining look at social class in the 21st century.

He said: “I have spent a lifetime railing against the middle classes…but I am at a crossroads. In this series I’m seeing how others live and I’m starting to question my own social class.”

“So is class a thing in the 21st Century? Are we all born equal or are some born more equal than others?”

The first three episodes, which are available on BBC iPlayer, have dealt with topics such as accent, power and how environment can affect people’s options in life.

Darren McGarvey has been looking at class across Scotland.
Darren McGarvey has been looking at class across Scotland.

In the final episode, the focus becomes very personal in his examination of class.

Darren – who is also known as street rapper Loki - takes a trip back home to his childhood in Glasgow’s Pollok and visits his old further education college to give a masterclass which soon becomes something far more.

An encounter with pigeon fanciers in Elgin prompts him to reflect very directly on his own position : “Is it okay for me to change? Is it okay for


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