Category: "Scottish"

Just Skin Deep

Just Skin Deep

Looking back at 2014, it seems so far away now, but as we move into 18 and ever nearer to ScotRef2 , we must take stock of the much changed and constantly shifting political landscape that  is Scottish politics, in order to best navigate a sure path to Independence. 
My comments in this post are directed at just one of the  areas I have concerns about and that I believe the Yes movement as a whole are getting wrong and which is undermining  the effectiveness of all our efforts to advance the cause towards Scottish Independence.

Historically Scots people have been regarded as being more left than those south of the border in both a political and a cultural sense. They tend to be more socially orientated, more empathetic towards their neighbour than those further south and this is for good reason. We are a culture  born out of a nation   much of whose  population lived in very remote and climatically hostile settlements strung along the coastlines and glens of Scotland,  separated by vast uninhabited mountainous regions. Its not surprising that people regarded the well being of their neighbouring villages and towns , who were vital in the supply of goods and resources to them as they were to their neighbours next in the chain, its not surprising we still have the remnants of that empathy and connection in our culture today. 

 
» More | 29/01/18 23:55 | by | Categories: Politics, Inependence, Scottish |
Colonial Speak

Colonial Speak

I grew up in a post colonial African country, though I was there a number of years prior to the handing over of power and the emergence of the new independent sovereign nation of Kenya. I grew up watching and listening to 'Wasungu' colonial speak and attitudes towards the native peoples of Kenya.

Sometimes out and out racist and sometimes very inclusive and just. But always it seemed that somewhere in the dialogue was a near subliminal statement of mastery or control or ownership. More often than not I suspect those people, not red necks or ideologically extreme, were not even aware what they were saying. It was the way it was , it was and is how colonialism works.

I was never comfortable with it and at quite young age was able to identify those who were of the old order and those who were genuinely part of the new spirit of 'uhuru' and 'harembe' that followed independence.

 
» More | 07/09/17 02:32 | by | Categories: Inependence, Scottish |