Tuesday, June 20, 2006

This guy's got a point......

I thought this email to the Telegraph website today raises a few interesting points about the Scottish psyche...
(and when was the last time you saw a black Scottish footballer or rugby player playing for one of the national teams?)

"The Telegraph refuses to print criticism of anything Scottish, and its correspondents try hard to maintain the English tradition of sucking up wildly to their northern enemy (whatever happened to challenging stereotypes?), a people whose undisguised hatred of their southern benefactor rarely diminshes confidence that insults and abuse will do nothing to alter Scotland's highly favourable financial arrangements with Westminster. Indeed one only has to visit Scots Nats' websites - which claim it is Scots who subsidise the English - to see that everything is never enough where this grasping, implacably hostile neighbour is concerned. Scots run our government. By common consent they are 'influential' in running the state broadcasting corporation. At the same time they dislike attention, and are ever careful to maintain the pose of eternal victims, whether it be in public displays of indignation over the corporation's choice of World Cup music or a more general whinge, given prominence at the BBC's website, about 'anglo-centric' bias. But last year this Scottish government quietly closed all Scotland's asylum offices, so our friends from abroad will all be coming to England in future. Then there is the noble multiculturalist agenda of Scottish parliamentarians, vociferously supported in any number of speeches in the House, but which in the thirty years since Viv Anderson became the first Black player to represent England at football has yet to result in a single non-White representative in any national Scottish team sport - football, rugby, athletics etc. Think about it. Join the dots. I know the Telegraph censors will think about it - and then decide this shouldn't be printed."

Posted by Edward Gibson

8 comments:

Pete said...

Not many negroes live in Scotland, but believe me Scotland is even more liberal-left than England - the fact that they hate the English doesn't mean they don't love Pakis, Jews, Blacks etc.
But, to answer your question:
Nigel Quashie

Pete said...

Part of a reason I - as a Jock - hate England (the footie team - not the country which I love) is, apart from the ill-advised confidence (-;, is the distorted sense of nationalism your typical England fan has - blacks good - German forefathers bad, Asians good - indigenous Celts bad.

alfie said...

Pete - Part of the reason that I as a jackbooted Saxon don't much like the skewed vision of 'Celts' is possibly because they very often refer to themselves as 'indigenous' - ie, they came with the territory.

'Fraid they didn't - the Ancient Britons did - and they were not Celts. Celts invaded and violently suppressed the Ancient Brits (blimey, that blows the stereotype apart a bit, doesn't it?). Celts came from the Middle East, somewhere around where Syria is now - they were immigrants, the same as everyone else after the Ancient Britons. But it makes you think eh? According to the 'we are all Scottish and therefore Celts' brigade - genetically, the average Celt has more in common with President Assad of Syria than he has with me...

When the Anglo Saxons came over, recent research has disproved the myth of ethnic Celtic expulsion to Scotland, Wales and Cornwall. They were absorbed - and the population churned naturally.

The Anglo Saxon kingdom of Northumbria used to stretch right up to Endinburgh. It only changed hands in the early 11th century.

Regarding Scotland's politics - more Soviet than left leaning I think - and Nigel Quashie? 'Fraid he's English. He was born in Nunhead - in England - and played for England U-21 4 times before someone discovered some obsure Scottish connection. So that just proves how desperate the SFA is in trying to bag any player they can. He didn't come up through the Scottish footy ranks - and I don't think he has ever lived in Scotland.

I've heard the SFA are researching whether Stevie Gerrard is related to the McGerrard clan of Inverness :-)

dearieme said...

Calm down chaps. As long as England has some need to import educated, clever folks, she'll need Scots, Jews, Huguenots etc. This has no bearing on the present preposterous constitutional arrangement that has MPs for Scottish seats voting on purely English matters. That must end.

alfie said...

You're right of course Dearieme. I took my eye off the bigger picture there.

Vince said...

Alfie,weren't the Ancient Britons Bretonic/P-Celtic?
Jibes about the SFA cut no ice with me - although Glaswegian, I couldn't care less about Scottish football. But Nigel Quashie "English"? Came over with Hengist and Horsa did he? Just spent too long in the Kentish sun?

nothingtoblogabout said...

Kevin Harper

nothingtoblogabout said...

The McGerard clan? And your new manager's called McLaren as well? tsk, tsk, you can do better surely?