Our newly replaced Secretary of State for/against Scotland Alistair Carmichael made the news the other day with his first major speech in Inverness and what a strange speech it was too.
He made much of his background coming originally from Islay with a gaelic speaking dad and having a liking for a wee dram of whisky. All good Scottish credentials I am sure you will agree
But what was the point in all this? Why make such a fuss about his nationality? Well seemingly according to Mr Carmichael he had taken umbrage at some SNP councillor in Fife calling him a supposed Scot. He was at pains to point out that he was a Real Scot not a supposed one.
Now when the Scottish Secretary of state for Scotland is so precious that he takes that sort of throw away comment to heart, he is more of wimp than the heavyweight political bruiser who is going to show these pesky Nats who’s boss. This is more like the sort of silly argument that folks might indulge in down the pub after a few too many of these whiskys he is supposedly so fond of than anything of substance with regards mature debate.
But more than being called a supposed Scot, he felt that Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon were encouraging name calling by their rhetoric, such as Nicola calling him the Secretary of State against Scotland. This sort of thing just would not do, and not only would it not do, but they were responsible for him getting called names on his Twitter account by renegade nats! Ye Gods….he takes Twitter seriously?
Actually if one were to look at his account, there is nothing of any note that anyone has said with regards to his nationality or indeed independence.. He must be suffering from the Susan Calman disease of seeing things that just are not there, next thing you know as part of this particular delusion he will be seeing phantom death threats or such like!
The whole thrust of his speech could be summed up in one statement that he made
“Not content with trying to divide the UK, the supporters of independence also seek to divide our fellow Scots – depending on their voting intentions in the referendum. I tell you this, once you start mixing up politics and patriotism you can quickly get into dangerous territory.”
Mixing politics and patriotism seems to be a favourite theme of the Better Together mob.
They seem to see wild swivel eyed hairy nats in kilts everywhere!
But there is something very odd in all that… Apart from the given fact that the YES campaign is a broad alliance of nationalists, socialists, greens and republicans and a whole host of ordinary people of no political axe to grind, and not just Alex Salmond and the SNP. The Better Together mob of course wilfully ignore all that, and accuse Independence supporters of parochialism, and anti Englishness, which Alastair Carmichael also did in his speech, and Blair Macdougall the Better Togethers chair regularly does at every opportunity. But they often bring up Braveheart and all that stuff when talking about Independence supporters. When last did you ever hear a committed Independence supporter bang on about that? We just don’t hear it!
The other striking thing that Alastair Carmichael quickly got into his stride about is this Real Scot business. You hear his cronies bang on about being “I am a real scot” before the “but” as they proceed with what they are going to say next.
If anyone is playing the patriotic card, it is not Independence supporters, who are all perfectly secure in who and what they are, and do not feel the need to justify their nationality at every turn.
But one thing I will agree with our new and hopefully last Secretary of State for Scotland is this.. There is no place for mixing patriotism and politics in this debate. So why then do the greatest proponents of patriotism and flag waving Britishness accuse Independence supporters of it?
After all, It is not us who made a Brit Fest from the Queens Jubilee, Royal Wedding, Olympics and at every other turn, you can’t escape it anywhere…The amount of TV programmes that have sprung up with the prefix Britain, British, Great British is absolutely phenomenal! And what’s more, next year just after the Commonwealth Games we will have a further flag waving of the Union Jacks to Celebrate the start of the 1st World War, and all things good and British in their view.
Yes please Alistair, lets have less of this patriotism indeed, there is no place for it, but instead as a real Scot, lets hear you come up with a positive case for the Union, I and many other real Scots are waiting very patiently for this mythical creature that you all keep promising but cannot seem to locate at present… A bit like Nessie eh?