Hazel Whyte, the famous Scottish balladeer and song-writer, is a strong advocate of the Scottish Nationalist Party. She has an excellent taste in art, and her website serves as a gallery of famous Scots and Celtic designs. However, her slant on history is lop-sided at best, and she never lets an opportunity go by to take a jab at the
Sir Sean Connery, famous for his role as Agent 007, is another famous proponent of the SNP. I would think that if he were as loyal to his cause as he claims, he would never have accepted a knighthood while the British government was "suppressing" his native land. But apparently he's made up for that by supporting his camp with financial aid, while other Hollywood hits have restricted themselves to producing motion pictures that stress Anglo-Scottish conflict and rouse anti-English sentiment. Now, Connery has been forbidden from financially supporting a British political party since he no longer lives in the UK. In response, he has made a flourishing declaration that he will not return to his native Scotland until it is independent from the UK. Instead, he will continue to live as a tax exile in....drum roll, please.....The Bahamas! Wow! Talk about a martyr for the cause! "Where's my umbrella drink???"
Dougie MacLean, famed songwriter of modern Scotland, made his appearance at a SNP conference to "give everyone a lift" after hard weeks of campaigning. Therefore, he sang his own very famous "
I find it sad and disturbing when people slander the British identity or even go so far as to deny its existence among the Scottish people. The Nationalists can complain about environmental abuse, program cuts, and unpopular wars all they want, but these arguments are quite general and unsubstantial in comparison with the very real shared identity and national strength that they are spurning. Both
Anyone who studies history knows that
I'm just going to just blurt out some names and let you go figure: General John Forbes, General Simon Frazer, Major John Pitcairn, Major Patrick Ferguson, Sir John Moore, etc. etc. etc. These Scotsmen were part of the gentry and proud defenders the British institution. They were officers and gentlemen, and received the highest honors of the establishment. If they were around today, I have a strong inkling that quite a few Nationalists would be given black eyes and bloody noses for their trouble! The point is that saying all the Scots in the British military, the British government, or any organization of the union were simply "being oppressed" is ridiculous.
Of course, the lower classes of
Finally, the issue involving the "death" of the Scottish monarchy must be addressed. Evidently, Hazel has a very limited view of modern democracy to discount the Glorious Revolution and the Bill of Rights as if it had no meaning whatsoever. This is rather ironic since the Nationalists are always accusing the Unionists of being "fascists" and "anti-democratic" for opposing their "right to be independent". They blurt out clever and appealing maxims like "This is democracy in action", and "It's the Scottish people's choice", and "Why would you deprive us of our right to be a nation?!"
First of all, the words "choice" and "independence" are not always positive and can have extremely bad results should a choice be ill-founded or if independence cuts one off from the past and the future. So when the Unionists try to educate people about the other side of the story, the Nationalists declaim them as weird creatures from the black lagoon of tyranny and anti-democracy. Sorry to say it, but the
Secretly, many of us have sympathies with the Jacobites, wish they could have been victorious, and wonder what the results would have been. But to view the entire British monarchy as illicit since 1688 is being extreme. Even the Pope validated the House of Hanover by 1766, and the Papacy had been a staunch supporter of the Catholic Stewarts. Either Hazel Whyte is a Republican and against all monarchy (which would reveal the shelved intent of the Nationalists to do away with the Scottish monarchy along with the
As everyone knows, the British monarchy at this time has a totally different role from what it did in the age of the Stewarts, and knit-picking about royal legitimacy at this late date is just plain silly. But one thing is true about this institution so often maligned: The monarchy remains a symbol of tradition, continuity, and Britishness. Flawed as it is, it is an intricate part of the British experience and mind-set. It is a link of tangible symbolism that serves as a major connection between the four nations that make up the
When all is said and done, this entire vote and the future of the
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