Wednesday, 1 November 2006

Britain is Dying

1603 - the union of the crowns started a four-hundred year attempt to heal the wound of the Roman invasion - the partition of Britain. Every state in Western Europe except Ireland derives its political legitamacy from the Roman Empire, and the nations of the UK are no different. Scotland can be defined roughly as that bit of Britain which never really suffered Pax Romana ("They create a desert and call it peace" - tacitus), and therefore resisted the Vikings and Saxons more sucessfully than the Southern British. The Welsh are the South Britons who sucessfully resisted the Angles and Saxons in the 5th and 6th centuries (or less charitably, Irish who couldn't swim).Now the Scots, having profited hugely from the Union want to leave it. And I am deeply saddened by the news. I love Scotland - my Mother is a Highlander, My grandparents spoke Gaelic as a first language. I represented Edinburgh University (and once, memorably Skye Camanachd) at Shinty. I wear the Kilt on occasion, with pride (pulling the ladies when wearing a kilt is like shooting fish in a barrel). My father's English with a bit of Welsh so I am forced to compromise. I shout for England at Rugby and Scotland at football. I am therefore British. I love Scotland but loathe its politics. Almost any scot of Talent of my Grandfather's generation left Scotland to work all over the world. I have cousins on almost every continent on earth as a result. Many returned, but what Scottish politics became in the years after the war was the "Politics of the Shit that's left behind". You cannot hear a porridge-muncher open his mouth on any matter political these days without hearing the most obscene chippy socialist drivel pour out like raw sewage.

Added to the left-wingery there is now a deep and abiding hatred of the English which pervades Scottish culture like a cancer. I have experienced genuine racism and violence on occasion - simply due to my accent.

Now, Scottish independence will make England a better place to live. We won't be run by grasping Oatmeal-Barbarian socialists for one thing. The Labour party will have to work bloody hard to form a government in Westminster without the tartan hordes packing the green benches. Hooray. But my heart is unionist, and independence will be a sore trial for Scotland. The Jocks, if left to their own devices will create a socialist hell-hole, and their talented and independent minded will flee as they always have to well paid jobs in Canada, London, Australia.

This great nation arguably the oldest nation-state on earth, formerly of John Knox, Adam smith, the enlightenment, of Imperial soldiers and Statesmen and mighty industrialists will create something no better than post-soviet Eastern Europe. On many Measures health, life expectancy, state involvement in industry for example, they're already there. If the Current collection of political pygmies in Holyrood is anything to go by there's no hope of anything better.

That's their choice, if it comes to it. But on the destruction of the union, I will weep as I suddenly become forced to call myself an Englishman.



12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have the SNP ever been clear on what sort of "divorce" settlement they would expect.

one_man_republic said...

Enough of this mixed-ancestry, knee-jerk bleating...which side would ye have fought on at Culloden?

(OMR: english/irish, pick n' choose - and we have...)

Jackart said...

As a MacLeod, the British Government.

S said...

Ok so you were primarily considering Scotland. However, at any mention of the Union, it's clear that you (along with the majority of Britons) manage very skillfully to avoid acknowledging or even discussing the position of Northern Ireland! The NI issue might be tedious, costly and irritating but so is Scotland's. On your part anyway, I'm sure it's not due to the lack of education, so what's the problem?...

one_man_republic said...

Ah so. As somebody with distant Clan Gordan connections (and somewhat less-distant Irish connections), I guess I would have been a - hypothetical - Jacobite.

By coincidence, I have just reading David Thomson's beautifully written memoir 'Nairn in Darkness and Light.' If you haven't, I think you'd enjoy it - given your obviously torn loyalties.

BW.

S said...

Thanks for the tip OMR (although I've books coming out of my ears at the minute) will give it a go! Be assured however, my loyalties are 'NEVER' torn.... ;) I meant the NI issue is tedious, costly and irritating to Britons and no-one ever addresses any of Blair's cock ups there never mind even having an opinion on its Union!

Jackart said...

70,000 presbyterian scots were shipped over to NI in the 1600's, as an act of plantation colonialism. We're still suffering the effects of this "first british empire". That said - the situation is as it is and the principle of self-determination (not to mention the right to walk the queen's highway) applies. The Cross of St Patrick is a late addition to the Union Flag and the Irish through history have never been keen on the Union, so I have little emotional attachement to the cause of Irish Unionism. One Day Ireland will probably be united, but not until the people of NI will it, and another, weaker government who will be forced to suffer the violent tribalism of NI politics. Good luck to them.

CityUnslicker said...

Who needs the British Union of great Britain now that we have the greater glory of the European Union...

Momentary Academic said...

This unification--in 1603--is ultimately the result of Elizabeth's unwillingness to marry and produce and heir for England and her good fortune to have a relative just north of her who was already a monarch and perfectly able to reign.

As another reader with distant Gordon clan connections, I think that you can still embrace the rhetoric of unity. Just because Scotland divorces Britian, it doesn't mean that you can't continually think of your homeland as a continugous whole.

Embrace your ancestry and promote unity.

S said...

Jack, the counties were divided between the Scots AND the English. The 'Presbyterians' as you describe them are also right wing like you. Parts of the South INVITED English trading and habitation from the 12th century and the late addition of the St.Patrick Cross on the flag is not a reflection of a weak or relatively recent Union not worth being emotional about!

PS Would love to see you in a kilt...

creamy said...

You won't be forced to call yourself an Englishman. You can call yourself what you like. Call yourself a carrot if you want.

I mean, fuck it, man. Weep for something tangible. Weep for a broken heart...weep for a lost loved one. Don't waste your tears on the union or lack of it.

Fuck it. Wear your kilt, get pissed and who gives a shit.

Anonymous said...

Southern Ireland did fine without the plague of a London run 'union' and it's sectarian monarch. Scots and the Welsh would be better ff also.

The EU is bigger and more powerful than your imperial dogend. Deal with it.

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