"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Our Kingdom - Gerry Hassan

I subscribe to the above site as I find some of the articles intriguing. This week Gerry Hassan (a very respected writer) has been analysing James Naughtie's Radio 4 piece in which he visits the land of his birth. Don't think Gerry's too enamoured with James' view of Scotland.

You can read about it here (part one is also available) and his blog is here. Not much interest in it for me today, it's all about football but there are some great articles about Scotland and the politics here for those of you who are interested. Don't forget, the political climate in Scotland does affect all of the UK, so it is relevant to those south of the border.


  1. A fair article. I find Scottish politics boringly partisan. It's an us and them situation unlike English politics where folks are prepared to consider the notion that some of us are them.

  2. I also find some blogs partisan and bitter Scunnert but that's why Sub Rosa is here - to show the modern, intellectual side of Scottish independence and to give another viewpoint. We've had enough of caricatures of Scotsmen in ginger wigs and English men in plus fours.

    I like your phrase that 'some of us are them' very much. English blogs, even those calling for an English Parliament, aren't opposed to Scottish independence, especially not in the rabid terms applied to the English on some Scottish blogs. The first time I visited an out and out SNP blog I left bewildered and had to look back centuries to find out why some are so nationalistic.

    Sub Rosa lays out the facts and lets us judge for ourselves - that's why she's blogging here - I'm lucky and she's very good.


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