British On Paper Only

An interesting, though lengthy, examination of what it means to be ‘British’ in relation to what it means to be ‘Scottish’.



“Scotland isn’t a country, it’s a state of mind.  All nations are; we would do well to remember that.”

So once wrote the Scots author, comedian, TV presenter and man who penned ‘Scotland the Brave’ (for a pantomime, believe it or not), Cliff Handley.  And he was, of course, absolutely correct in that estimation.

The run up to the referendum on Scottish Independence on 18 September 2014 has thrown up many arguments from those opposed to such a move.  Mostly these have been negative but whenever asked to illustrate just one positive argument for Scotland remaining within the Union, they will often voice the shared culture of Britain.  As well meaning as it may be, there is only one problem with this argument; there is no such thing as a shared and defineable “British” culture.  In reality British culture does not actually exist.

I would ask many, on both sides…

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About Hugh Wallace

Soldier, sailor, policeman, engineer, scientist, democrat, socialist, environmentalist, advocate of Scottish Independence
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