When you rewrite the past, you’re scared of the future

Well I don’t know about you, but I’m devastated, devastated I tell you, that Donald Trump isn’t coming to the UK to open the new American embassy after all. He’s cancelled his trip to London because the authorities can’t guarantee that he won’t be met with hostile demonstrations. Though the word “hostile” is probably superfluous there. If Trump won’t visit any country unless the authorities can guarantee he won’t be confronted with hostile demonstrations, that pretty much just leaves Russia.

The cancelled visit is a separate visit from the state visit with the royal coaches and the flummery that Theresa May had offered him during her hand-holding session. There’s no date set for the supposed state visit, because the Speaker of the House of Commons has made it clear that there’s as much chance of him welcoming Trump to the British Parliament as there is of the Turkish Prime Minister welcoming Boris Johnson to recite that, ahem, witty little poem about the Turkish Prime Minister that he wrote for the Spectator. It’s one thing when the hostile demonstrations are organised by Antifa protesters, it’s quite another when they’re organised by the Speaker of the House of Commons and men in tights.

So a lower key visit was proposed instead, a so-called working visit, which meant that there would be slightly less time available for golf courses and what would possibly be the first time in recorded history that an embarrassment with men in tights wasn’t because there were men in tights. But according to Trump, it’s really all Obama’s fault that this visit has been cancelled. He’s not going to London because Obama got a really bad deal on the new embassy and sold the old building for “peanuts”. This was quite an achievement for Obama, because it was under George W Bush that a deal was struck to sell off the old embassy, but then in Trump world Obama is responsible for absolutely everything that Trump doesn’t like, except for the stuff that Hillary Clinton is responsible for. Personally I’ve cancelled my own proposed visit to London too. I’ve just discovered that not everyone who works on Virgin trains is in fact a virgin.

Now Trump is embroiled in yet another row about racism. During a meeting with US politicians to discuss immigration, he reportedly said with reference to migration from Haiti, and certain Latin American and African countries – “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He then went on to wonder why the US doesn’t concentrate instead on attracting immigration from countries like Norway. Possibly that’s because Norwegians don’t fancy giving up their well paid jobs and their well funded public services to go and pick fruit in California on the minimum wage without healthcare. Just a wee guess there.

Probably our friends the apologists for British nationalism in Scotland would characterise an independent Scotland as one of the shithole countries despised by Trump. They certainly seem to have a very low opinion of Scotland and its potential. They may not be racists like Trump, but what they do have in common with him is a propensity for rewriting history to suit themselves. The latest is an attempt to rewrite the Treaty of Union as though it was the same in intent and purpose as the EU accession process and to claim that the whole point of the Union was so that Scotland could enjoy the benefits of a customs union and single market.

The negotiations between Scotland and England were characterised, as is well known, by bribery. Offering to put pots of gold into the personal bank accounts of those negotiating their country’s membership of the EU isn’t a part of the usual application process. Or perhaps our British nationalist friends know differently. It’s worth pointing out the obvious here. The bribery was entirely one way. It was an English government bribing Scottish (ig)nobles. If the entire purpose of the Union was economic, so that Scotland could become far more prosperous as a result, surely the bribery would have been the other way about. Just a thought.

The Union of 1707 wasn’t about the economy. It was about the strategic and political interests of the English state. England was embroiled in one of its regular wars with France, and wanted to secure its northern frontier. In particular the English establishment wanted to ensure that the Catholic Jacobites wouldn’t get a foothold in Scotland, which could have happened if the Scottish Parliament decided that the Elector of Hanover wasn’t its preferred heir to Queen Anne. Scotland was an independent state, one whose monarch happened also to be the monarch of England, but the English Parliament was acting as though Scotland was a possession of the English crown. It had chosen to offer the crown to the Elector of Hanover, who was a descendant of a daughter of James VI, and Scotland was to be made to agree.

Scotland wasn’t keen on the English choice of monarch and was deeply unhappy that the English Parliament had made a unilateral decision on the choice of the joint monarch. In 1704 the Scottish Parliament passed the Act of Security, which stated that should Queen Anne die without an heir, Scotland would not agree to England’s choice of monarch unless certain conditions were met. The Act asserted Scotland’s right to decide its own monarch and was a statement that Scotland would not accept one unilaterally imposed on it by England.

In retaliation, and in order to force Scotland into compliance, the English Parliament passed the Alien Act in 1705. This Act meant that Scots were to be treated as aliens in England, and this in turn meant that property owned by Scots in England was at risk of confiscation when the property owner died. In addition, the Act placed an embargo on the import of certain Scottish products into England, such as the important trades in cattle, coal, and linen. This affected almost half of Scotland’s trade. This wasn’t England bullying Scotland of course, because it’s anti-English racism to say things like that. The Alien Act was just friendly banter.

The choice facing Scotland was an incorporating union with England, or an economic blockade and the threat of invasion and war. Writing in the book A Union for Empire, Political Thought and the British Union of 1707, the historian Professor John Robertson of Cambridge University writes that during the negotiations the threat of invasion was “drawn to the Scots’ attention at strategic moments by English ministers”. (page 34) This was not an agreement entered into freely by two equal parties for their mutual economic benefit. No country has joined the EU because the EU was threatening to invade and conquer it.

The Alien Act and the threat of invasion were the stick, the carrot was the offer of free trade for Scotland with England’s empire. But that was an offer made on England’s political terms and in England’s economic interests. The price to be paid was the abolition of Scotland’s Parliament and Scotland’s adhesion to an incorporating union in which it would have no veto powers and where its representatives would be a permanent minority. Scotland would have no formal representation within the new state as Scotland, only through its individual MPs. It meant Scotland was now a part of a unitary market over which it effectively had no control. Crucially it meant that Scotland would now lack any formal mechanisms for developing or protecting its own economy.

This is nothing at all like being a member state of the EU. Member states of the EU have representation on EU bodies as nation states, they have veto powers. Some EU states have economies which are considerably larger than others, but no single EU state can dominate the EU single market in the way that the interests of London dominate the UK economy. Each EU state has a voice in the EU single market which is supposed to ensure that no one country in that single market can use the market to enrich itself at the expense of other countries in the single market. Scotland can do nothing to prevent the UK unitary market being used as a tool to ensure that wealth, capital, and skilled labour are sucked into the maws of the south east of England.

It’s hugely ironic that it’s now British nationalists who are having recourse to a romanticised version of ancient history in order to justify their present day constitutional preferences. Isn’t it only independence supporters who are supposed to do that sort of thing? Just like Trump, British nationalists rewrite the past because they’re scared of the future.


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54 comments on “When you rewrite the past, you’re scared of the future

  1. A minor point on the US Embassy – they did not get any kind of deal selling Grosvenor Square because they never owned it. They tried to buy it from the owner, a chap called the Duke of Westminster, but he woulnae sell.

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  3. benmadigan says:

    excellent compare and contrast article – as per your usual standard!

  4. “Act of Union” and “Treaty of Union” are deliberately bland and misleading phrases. I’d prefer it if we didn’t use them any more.

    The merger of Scotland and England in 1706-1707 is more accurately described as a “coup” or an “annexation.” It was one state ruthlessly using its superior power to bring another under its control via the intimidation and bribery of the weaker state’s ruling elite.

    Those events are distant now and bear little relation to contemporary politics. But we shouldn’t forget that the origin of Britain was in a forced marriage.

  5. Macart says:

    How do you satirize Trump? The presidential man baby (big wean) is a walking satire billboard. My heart goes out to folk in America. I know they wanted to make a protest vote, but damn. No one deserves a Trump in their big chair…. Oh wait now. That mibbie didn’t come out right. Bugger it! Neither did that.

    You know what I mean.

    As for the other effort to rewrite history. Yeah, caught some of that on twatter. Had to apply paddles to the cat. It’s still laughing, though I may never use that oxygen mask again and it’s on to its third set of kitty pampers.

    Neatly done Paul. 😀

  6. epicyclo says:

    Time to revise the 1704 Act of Security.

    Let us pick our monarch when Queen Elizabeth 1 dies.

    We’ll give our new monarch the same salary as our First Minister, a decent house and a large pair of scissors for opening things.

    And a waiting guillotine in case the job goes to their head.

    • hettyforindy says:

      Sounds like a plan. Non of this adulation of the undeserving, it’s ridiculous, undemocratic 19th century pomp and ceremony. The class, ( similar imo to the caste system) system is kept alive and thriving by the whole idea and reality of UK style of monarchy, and it’s er the 21st century.

      Scotland is a democracy, striving to move into the 21st century but being held back by the Britnats north and south of the border.

      You can see why kids were never taught about their own country’s history, the reality of it. If they had been, we would not be in this so called union now.

      More are seeing how Scotland has been kept poor and begging by those that have used and abused Scotland’s land, resources and people, and they are livid that they can no longer fool the people into thinking it is they who are useless and poor and their own fault for being poor and begging.

      It’s changing and the yoons are terrified. We know that Britnats and their spies are looking at blogs etc, to work out their next move. You can only hold back the truth for so long though, as it is said, ‘the truth will always out’.

  7. mogabee says:

    All we need now is a mass campaign of celebrities to tell us they lurve us.

    WHAT! They have already? *face palm*

  8. Graham Fae Fawkirk says:

    Could onybidy please recommend a book or site wi a comprehensive recounting ay the events leading up tae 1707, n the events surrounding it, n whit the actual treaty itself contains? Thanks in advance. Might be an idea tae pick it apairt n point oot whaur it’s went awry fae its original ideas, if that’s appropriate. Jist trying tae learn mair, is aw.

    • Bunny says:

      You could try ‘Independence or Union’, by the historian Tom Devine? Havnae read it myself, but it looks quite comprehensive in its detail of the context of the ‘union’. Plus, the author voted Yes back in 2014 so he’s obviously not a chump 🙂

    • scotsgeoff says:

      Try a book called ‘Union of 1707 Why and How’, Henderson-Scott

      It’s an eye-opener!

  9. benmadigan says:

    graham – i hope someone sends you a really good site to look up our history.In the meantime, just to start you off here’s what wikipedia has to say (with all the caveats about wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acts_of_Union_1707

    Welll done for “Jist trying tae learn mair, is aw”.

    This seems to be your first step on the road to understanding what being Scottish means and your ideas about picking theAct of Union ” apairt n point oot whaur it’s went awry fae its original ideas, if that’s appropriate”.

    And it’s a very important step for you.

    All best wishes on your journey to knowledge, wherever it may end

    • Graham Fae Fawkirk says:

      Hmmm. Ah ken whit it’s like tae be Scottish, n understaun it in ma blood, n coulday easily looked up Wiki masel. Ah dae feel, nae offence intendit, thit yer post wis condescending; ah wis looking fir a far mair in-depth overview ay the hail historical car crash. Thanks onywey.

  10. Robert Harrison says:

    That’s a good bit of history added in there Paul the history shows them as lying bribing dictators basically a villain when I was living in England they made themselves out to be hero’s this is why the English don’t teach this part of history in there schools they fear learning they was no different than terrorists.

  11. diabloandco says:

    I worry about Trump . We are all so willing to believe all the tittle tattle that has been forced on us by the media . Have we forgotten that they are a bunch of liars? Did we ever see such nitpicking detail about Clinton, Bush or the smiling assassin ( we tortured some folks )Obama?
    Now I’m not saying that I think he is fantastic or that he hasn’t put his size nines in it and offended right left and certain – I’m just saying that we should remember that the establishment here has worked hard to preserve itself and that the same applies to the establishment in the USA.
    I also don’t believe that I want ten minutes of ‘national news’ devoted to the anti trump message with our correspondent in Washington giving free reign to spout the message of Trump BAD – I would prefer some honest , home grown reporting on the state of play here , of course I know that we aren’t going to get that because I have been observing the MSM with a jaundiced eye for some years now.

    I’m not backing Trump , though given the choice twixt Hillary and he , I suspect I would have voted for the fella. What I am asking folk to do is to remember what Scotland has been /is going through and to temper belief with a very large dollop of cynicism.

    I’ll wait for the pelters!

    • mogabee says:

      What you say is fair enough about media and this constant analysis of Trump’s every move/word. However, the man is using twitter to openly criticise governments in other countries, divide people in the USA and as has been pointed out on here, lied or ‘misled ‘ over the Embassy in London.

      The fact that H. Clinton would have been worse shouldn’t take away our outrage at how dangerous his outpourings are and as is the case in recognising Jerusalem as capital, causing unrest and rising anti-American protests around the world!

      • diabloandco says:

        Yep , all that BUT he just ain’t the only Potus to have caused unrest , anti American feeling in the ME – others have done much worse.

        I think , had I been American I would have spoilt my ballot paper – which would have been a first for me and probably a futile gesture.

    • Robert Harrison says:

      Well trump better stay of the twitter he’s giving them ammo to use against him I don’t need the msm telling me how much a thicko trump is what he puts on twitter says it all

  12. Les Bremner says:

    The front page of The National this morning has the following.

    “Customer who complained to M&S about Scottish whisky branding is shocked after retailer replies: You’ve had your referendum and you’re part of England now.”

    The arrogance is absolutely astounding. Whether or not this was an official reply or that of a clerk in an office, the mentality is that of sneering condescension.

    I look forward to M&S’s response.

    • Andy Anderson says:

      Is this true Les, or fake news?

    • stewartb says:

      This ‘part of England’ crap may well prove to have come from an angry member of M&S staff rather than senior management but it is expressing a view that is more widely engrained. Do you remember this?

      From the New Statesman, 11 FEBRUARY 2016:

      “The lost magic of England – The great conservative journalist Peregrine Worsthorne reflects on a long life at the heart of the establishment. BY JASON COWLEY

      Worsthorne is saddened but not surprised that so many Scots voted for independence and his preference is for Britain to remain a member of the European Union.

      ‘What’s happening is part of the hopelessness of English politics. It’s horrible. I can’t think why the Scots would want to be on their own but it might happen. The youth will vote [for independence].

      This is part of my central theme: the Scots no longer think it’s worthwhile belonging to England. The magic of England has gone …….’ ”

      There is the considered view of a well-educated, highly experienced (English = Briish establishment) man!!

      • Kenzie says:

        If this disgraceful remark came from an M&S employee then M&S can be held vicariously
        responsible. Personally, I’m looking forward to Jack C’s opinion.

        • Kenzie, I’ve been out with the lads, had a great time.
          I’ll be looking at this tomorrow.
          As per, Paul is on the money. But I’m under the weather at the moment.
          I am aware of the history.. Covenanters, the Tree Of Liberty and so on.
          I’ll look at it tomorrow. Promise.

        • Good morning, Kenzie.

          ‘Home is fine, and orgies are vile,
          But a man needs an orgy once in a while.’

          Ogden Nash.

          I was out on the lash with the Rat Pack last night, our annual ‘not the Hogmanay Bash’ so I’m still feeling a wee bit precious.

          Anyhow, Paul’s excellent rewrite of history piece stirs up so many emotions and memories of humiliations past for me in England and the US.

          In 1986 I uprooted my family to deepest darkest Birmingham for work.
          On my cousin’s advice, he lived in Leamington Spa at the time, I bought a house in Solihull, my only criteria being, within commuting distance of Birmingham, and would be easily and quickly sold when we decided to return home to God’s Own Country.

          Our worldly goods were still in Pickford’s boxes when we did a ‘big shop’ at M&S in Solihull Shopping Centre.

          My wife had only ‘Scottish’ money and proffered a twenty pound note to pay for the vittles.
          The check-out lady, a mature woman, not a galumph YTS, looked from the note to my wife with gathering disdain.

          She took the note, held it up to the light, then , and I’m sure most of the readers on here have heard it many times, uttered that well known put down:

          ‘We’re not allowed to take ‘your’ money; it’s not legal tender.’

          The manager was called, he backed up the check out lady, and we left, empty handed.

          That was in 1986.

          In the early days of the Union Pacific railway, the sleeper cars were infested with bed bugs.
          It was so prevalent, that the Railway was deluged with letters of complaint.
          Unfortunately one supervisor passed on such letter to a clerk annotated: ‘Send this guy the usual bug letter.’

          In a mix up the clerk sent the file copy of the stock reply(‘never happened before’) with the damningly annotated original complaint letter to the customer, who, I believe, sued the pants off the Railway Company.

          I wrote to M&S HO all those years ago, and got the same ‘bug letter’ that a M&S customer whose Scottish Money was challenged in 2018 got.

          ‘Very sorry, shouldn’t have happened.’

          But it does happen.

          We are not in a ‘single market’ with England, Wales, or Norn Irn.
          We are a sub region of England, in the eyes of many, and that includes Scots Yoons like Rennie Davidson and Leonard.
          England/Britain is seen as the same place, throughout the world, unfortunately.

          I was in Miami Beach in 1980, over the New Year Holidays, with an American Express Travellers’ cheque for a few hundred dollars which I presented at a bank in Collins Boulevard as they were about to close for five days over the holiday period.

          The lass behind the desk was in charge of ‘International Business Transactions’ or some such, and presumably to minimise fraud, she had a form to fill in.

          When completing the address section, she asked, ‘Does Scotland have one ‘t’ or two?’

          I kid you not.

          The upshot was that for some reason they wouldn’t cash the chitty and redirected me to American Express HQ which mercifully was across the street.
          The American Express chap seemed non- plussed that I had been put through the mill by the bank.

          ‘American Express,says more about you than cash ever can.’

          Unless you are from Scotttttland.
          I’ll stop for the moment, back later.

          ‘We do not, we cannot, consider ourselves as mowed and melted down into another country. Have we not distinct Courts, Judges, Juries, Laws, etc.?’.
          November 1792
          Thomas Muir

          • wm says:

            At last Jack I have found something you have got wrong. Your opening sentance should have been good afternoon not good morning as it was 12.04 pm.

            • In my defence, wm, I had a severely thick head.
              At 70 the ‘re-entry period’ from a night on the tear is much longer than it was in the heady days of my spastic youth.
              You may recall that Dr Sam Johnson, the lexicographer laddie who produced the first English language dictionary of any worth, then the etymologist’s Holy Grail, a weighty tome with tens of thousands of words, meanings, derivations and quotes of common usage, was confronted by a society gal at a wee social do who pointed out a mistake in his Magnus Opus, and demanded an explanation.
              “Ignorance, Madam, sheer ignorance.’ was the Great Man’s phlegmatic riposte.

              wm, I too plead ‘ignorance’, but without a hint of phlegm. I wrote through a glass Guinness darkly. Pardon?
              I see Prof Tomkins and his underlings are rubbishing the Scottish Government’s Impact Analysis, and Adam WATP is spouting ’90’s ‘consultancy speak’ about ‘challenges and opportunities’ if we let, or are stupid enough to let, England drag us about of the EU.
              The man’s an ass despite being such a clever lad.
              But I digress; more later perhaps.
              Jackson Carlaw sees as his enemies. I can live with that.
              Keep yourself and yours safe, wm.

    • Moonlight says:

      MacMillan I believe was fond of saying “Events dear boy, events”
      The straw that broke the camels back springs to mind.
      I’m off to buy a National and look for myself

    • Macart says:

      Yeah,clocked it Les. Hell of a reply the lady received.

      All part of the ‘brand Britain’ push. Create unity by suppressing individual commercial identity in the coming post Brexit market. Problem being individual ideologues taking things too far, such the now ex customer services employee.

      A colossal mistake on every level from the ‘brand Britain’ idea on down. It won’t promote unity. Anything but in my opinion. As for hiring historically and constitutionally ignorant staff with an empathy/diplomacy bypass? Well, we’ve seen how that goes.

      It seems to escape the poor dears that for unity to work. For any identity to work. You have to have pride and empathy for that identity. It has to be something you want to get behind in the first place. From symbology on the surface to political and constitutional ideology at its heart.

      I’m not so fond of the UK state’s idea of a British identity. I’m not big on elitism, xenophobia, isolationism and their order of things. Goes without saying then, that I’m not big on having the produce of my country rebranded to suit the political and economic needs of a central government which promotes that kind of identity.

      M&S might want think about that. A good many retailers in Scotland might want to think about that. Especially in light of the mood of, I’d say, over half the nation at this point.

      • Sam, see my reply to Kenzie above.
        The original respondent ‘no longer works for M &S’ ;
        the ‘bug letter’ is the follow up official response.
        I have not been across their door since that day in 1986.
        If my mowney wasn’t good enough then, it apparently isn’t good enough now.

  13. Nigel Mace says:

    Excellent piece. I’ve long admired your facility with scurrilous, eighteenth century style abuse – but this mode is perhaps even more effective. You should cultivate it and give it its head!

  14. Diane Davidson says:

    Graham
    Have you read this? A good piece with links to others…..https://wingsoverscotland.com/weekend-essay-skintland-britnat-mythology-and-the-darien-scheme/#more-16328 Grousebeater has written lots about this too and lists lots of sources https://grousebeater.wordpress.com/2017/02/04/that-bloody-union/

  15. Another priceless gem of a piece, Paul! I love it when you explain Scotland’s history … I’ve spent half a lifetime trying to do the same. Thankfully you do it so much better than I can!

  16. Robert Graham says:

    A good artical Paul and here was me thinking the absence of Scottish history from the curriculum of the fifties and sixties was just one big mistake because nobody thought of even hinting at it , I and a lot of others at the time supposed English history was our history , how silly was i .

    It makes you wonder if this was deliberately done , surely not folk dont do things like that do they ? ..

  17. Marconatrix says:

    Can I join of the chorus saying thanks for the history? I always knew bribery was involved in getting the Scottish parliament to vote itself into oblivion, but I confess I hadn’t realised that threats of violence and ruin were involved. So less of a marriage of convenience, more like the classic ‘shotgun wedding’ …

  18. Paul is absolutely right to smash this myth that we have had 300 years of peaceful cooperation between Scotland and England

    The Union has been an unrelenting success story for us Scots apparently.
    This seems to be the latest chamber pot of Jackie Baillie they are selling.

    It may be noted that it is the ‘Uncle Toms’ (see WoS excellent reprise of Malcolm X’s thoughts on House Negroes and field Negroes) the ProudScotsBut Unionists who have all done very nicely out of suppressing their fellow Scots for 3 centuries who want to cling on to the status quo.

    It pays too well to give it up.

    I quoted Thomas Muir in an earlier post.
    Here’s another:

    “We have achieved a great duty in these critical times. After the destruction of so many years, we have been the first to revive the spirit of our country and give it a National Existence.”

    Towards the end of the 18th Century, England, to use historically correct language, was shitting itself.

    The American Colony has declared Independence, and France was in revolt, well they were actually about to chop off their king’s head.
    Muir, a Calvinist, was a Scottish republican, and he was not alone.
    The ProudScotsBut were having none of it.

    I invite all on here to look him up.

    His story is one of the most remarkable examples of ongoing resistance to English Rule over the past 300 years.

    The Sellick Choir sing about a fictitious ‘Michael’ stealing the Laird’s corn ‘so the young can see the morn’.
    ‘Michael’ was transported to botany Bay for his crimes.
    That was fiction. Thomas Muir was actually transported to Botany Bay, following a stitch up by his fellow Edinburgh Advocates, eventually escaped, made his way to Mexico, and…I’ll let you read the rest elsewhere. It is an incredible story.
    He died in exile in France.
    He was 33, not the first young rebel to be hounded to his death by The Elders at that age. Ecce Homo.

    There is a monument to him ,an obelisk in the Old Calton Cemetery in Edinburgh which was designed in 1844 by architect Thomas Hamilton (1784–1858) and stands 90 feet (27 m) high.

    I attended a ‘senior secondary’ in the ’60’s. We got no Scottish History.

    Blair McDougall would have us believe that the SNP was a secretive Nazi supporting clique which sprung up in the ’30’s, and but for that pesky Winnie Ewing and that fat bastur Salmond, would have remained a subterranean cult, because we all really love the Union.

    Our history of the past 300 years is there, for all too see and read. But not in the classrooms of my youth.
    Brave men and women have resisted the colonisation of Scotland throughout the 300 years of colonisation.
    They extracted our oil and gas with the same Empire efficiency that they sucked copper out of African states.
    They stole Scotland’s oil and gave it to their rich pals and relatives.

    Many who resisted have been executed, or transported to the colonies for harbouring seditious thoughts of Self Determination.
    I’d argue that there are some 21st Loon Yoons who yearn for the good old days.

    The Union is bust. There is no going back. Millions of us want change, within the EU at least until we re-establish our Independence..

    As it becomes even clearer that WM and the English Leavers will ignore us, and think that they can drag us out of the EU without our permission, I’ll close with another of Muir’s comments.

    “I have devoted myself to the cause of The People. It is a good cause – it shall ultimately prevail – it shall finally triumph.”
    We are about to ‘finally triumph’.

    • Jan Cowan says:

      Sam, having (many, many years ago)secured Higher English in 5th Year we were asked what we’d like to study for “Advanced English”. I suggested we read the work of Scottish poets. Our teacher thought that was a good idea. So at long last I felt at home while studying English!

      Thanks, Paul. It’s so important that our early 18th century history is known by all.

  19. Mike Lothian says:

    I’m Scottish born and live here now, but got most of my education and all of my history lessons in England. Whilst we covered the union of the crowns, none of this was taught. Whether that paints the original union in a bad light or not, we should be taught, no matter where we live in the UK, what actually happened in the past not some whitewashed version of it

  20. Just watched Marr and Brewer TV.
    NS must be a revelation to English viewers. I believe that some have taken to twitter to ask if she can be their PM.
    She owned Marr, who seemed almost resigned to shutting the feck up and letting her talk.
    Brewer had Adam Tomkins in the studio, and Mike Russell by a loch side somewhere Up There.
    Russell was his excellent self, and Tomkins, who is clearly going to replace Ruth as Leader of the Blue Tories Up Here soon, was bending over backwards to agree with the Brewdog that Legislative Consent must be passed by the Scottish parliament otherwise the Withdrawal Bill was in serious danger of failing.
    Mundell was nowhere to be seen, of course. He would probably self combusted under scrutiny.
    As Kevin McKenna raspingly mused: ‘What’s the point of David Mundell?’ or ‘Lord’ Ian Duncan for that matter.
    Tomkins was coming over all reconciliatory, but when he attempted to use Agriculture as an instance when there would be a ‘common framework’ across the UK Brewer stopped him in his tracks.
    Hang On A Minute Brewer promised a ‘shedload of new powers’ including agriculture and fisheries returning to Scotland.
    Perhaps Tomkins was going to pledge to match CAP subsidies as UK farming grants ?
    Ruth Davidson was obviously too exhausted following her tour of the TV and Radio Stations to appear and defend Mundo.
    She’ll be gone in a matter of weeks.
    They’re still peddling the notion that we Scots have gone off the notion of Indyref 2.
    Well, if it gets them through the night.
    .

  21. emilytom67 says:

    hettyforindy our history or true history never was taught in our schools,one of the main weapons of colonisers,this is part a big part of the no,s ideaology,they do not want to hear true facts they just bury their heads in the sand,the worst of the lot are old labour supporters who inspite of everything cling to the fable that labour is a voice for the workers,oh my God! and I thought it was only the orangers that were that thick.Amazing how propaganda can shape things[,world war11 it appears was instigated by Zionists and their cohorts,Hitler along with Chamberlain was an appeaser but was thwarted at every attempt to bring resolve by dis-cussion by the Zionist tools,so active then as now,the Rothschilds cabal controlling/manipulating everything.

  22. Robert Graham says:

    The predictable response to the Impact Assessment of leaving the EU released by the Scottish Government ,

    The BBC decided it was so important it was relegated to 6 or 7 in the running order , the BBC in Scotland are presently butchering the report , and include a clip of Jackson the car man saying the SNP should engage with the UK government to make leaving work . and not stand outside throwing stones .

    Now this clown whose party represent 20% of Scottish voters is really taking the Piss , this Brexit was born in England , has been negotiated by England and this tory clown wants the SNP to gatecrash their party , aye right Jackson fix the tory mess as usual .

    A quote from the BBC Scotland reporter includes this ” of course this is only a projection ” aye ok makes you wonder why they bothered if its so insignificant , hardly worth the time reporting it .

    • Macart says:

      Something they tend to forget Robert. It’s not the job of the Scottish Government to make stuff work for UK government. It’s the job of the Scottish government to represent the best interests of the Scottish electorate.

      Mind you, that’s a highly complex concept for the poor dears and it may be beyond their ability to comprehend the subtle difference.

  23. Andy Anderson says:

    My secondary education was in England so like others above I got English history. Since then I have read countless books on our history. Self educated you could say. Good points you made Paul.

    I have a copy of the SG report and have read it. It makes logical sense. I like others was so annoyed at the BBC reporting. As for the yoon comments. Twats.

    Saw Nicolas presentation. She was very good and answered all questions strongly. Thrashed Sarah Smith down good style.

    Interesting times indeed.

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