THE IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE


THE IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

If you have any doubts about the importance of the above ask people where a sustained campaign was engaged for decades to suppress their language and culture, after all there was barely a million native speakers in the land. Your thinking here that I am talking about Scotland but you would be wrong. I am talking about Estonia and that figure of around a million native speakers is highly significant in a country with a population of only 1.4 million.

The occupation of Estonia took place just before the start of the Second World War and for them the Second World War really only ended in 1991, the occupation of their country, initially by the Soviets, then the Nazis and then, at the end of the World Conflict by the Soviet Union for another forty plus years, until they regained their Independence.It was a very long war.

YOU DON’T NEED TANKS TO RESIST…JUST SHOP ASSISTANTS

The Soviet Union, all 289 million of them exercised full power over tiny Estonia who suffered, particularly in Stalin’s time deportations of ten of thousands of men, woman and children as they were sent to Siberia and replaced by incoming Soviets as the policy of Russification was enforced. Militarily Estonia was helpless but people could resist,and resist they did. Shop assistants were in the front line, when a Soviet entered the shop and wanted to purchase a box of matches the Estonian would pretend they didn’t understand. This way they forced the Soviet to learn the Estonian word for matches. That was repeated across the country at every possible opportunity. They knew they had to defend their language. They did in a multitude of different ways.

THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC

Tallinn, Estonia – July 05, 2014: Crowd at the Estonian XXVI national song festival at Tallinna Lauluvaljak in Tallinn, Estonia on July 05, 2014

Estonians love music and have a very extensive tradition of choral singing. They also have the ideal opportunity every five years at their huge Song Festival which attracts crowds in excess of half a million people to display their talents. They perform on a stage that accommodates over 30,000 singers. The population dispersion  of Estonia has one large city, several smaller ones that by Scottish standards would be classed as towns and the remainder very much resembles the Highlands in population density. The minute the Song Festival programme is published across the country the choirs, varying in size from a mere handful in small hamlets to several multiple large groups on the cities and towns all start practicing the songs waiting for this great event, which takes place once every five years when they all come together all wearing their various distinctive and colourful National costumes. It is the epitome of Estonian National pride. The Soviets recognised the power of this event and permitted it to continue during the occupation, replacing the Estonian songs with a new programme of pro Soviet songs. The Estonians went along with it as the final part of the programme allowed them to sing most of their traditional songs but none that aspired to Independence and Freedom.That all came to an end in 1988 when the Estonians, 100,000’s of them burst into spontaneous songs, singing their National songs of their love for their country and Independence. With so many defying the Soviet edicts they were powerless to stop them, the people saw that, the singing went on for days on end and the Singing Revolution was born.

This is the most powerful song that speaks of their love for their country. for an Estonian it is a hugely emotional song. a song that was forbidden for many decades

And here A leading Independence activist explains better than I can what language and culture did for them “A nation who makes its revolution by singing and smiling should be a sublime example to all.” The movement culminated in Estonia achieving independence, nonviolently, in 1991.

THE IRISH ARE NOT DAFT.

Across the water in Ireland, the Irish Government have not been slow in promoting Irish culture, Irish Song and Dance now has international fame and the Irish pub culture has been exported abroad to countless countries, all raising the profile and knowledge about this small friendly country.

Yet here in Scotland there seems to be a complete bypass when it comes to joining up our agencies to get the maximum bang for our buck. Whereas in whatever country   Riverdance was being performed the Irish embassy in that country was not slow to make use of that event. The Embassy would often arrange an Invest in Ireland event on the same day, business people and their partners would be invited to attend and while the business people listened and took part in the Invest/Trade in Ireland presentation,the attractions of Irish Tourism would be being presented to their partners. There would then follow a reception featuring the best of Irish Food and Drink then coaches to take them all to watch Riverdance. Why the tourism presentation? Well as any inward investment expert will tell you the hardest hurdle to cross is to get your target investor to visit. By impressing the partners you DOUBLE the chances of that visit taking place.

SCOTLAND SHOULD FOLLOW THIS PATH. WE HAVE MUCH TO OFFER

Now I have some experience in knowing how traditional Scottish music is received abroad. I have arranged pipe bands, folk bands to tour abroad and I was in Tallinn when the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra played to a full house at a concert they played there. They performed some beautiful classical music to great appreciation but then lifted the roof off the building when they ended the final thirty minutes of so of the concert with the traditional Fiddlers Rally music which had the normally staid, shy Estonian audience off their seats and dancing for all they were worth to these fantastic reels. They still speak of that concert many years later. WE HAVE A BEST SELLER SHOW ON OUR HANDS IF ONLY OUR AGENCIES, TRADE BODIES, GOVERNMENT, TOURISM AND ARTS got together to sell it!

The Estonians used their music and culture to win their freedom in the Singing Revolution, the Irish use their music and culture to bring economic investment and trade to Ireland. I am merely suggesting we use our music and culture to build pride in our nation, to tie it in with trade events, to boost tourism and yes, to win our freedom by inspiring our people, displaying the interest and support for Scotland abroad, winning new friends and allies and making the most of the instantly recognizable advantages we have. 

We have a well educated and productive people, we live in a most beautiful country with magnificent scenery, a very clean country with enormous natural resources. We have a history of exporting, our food and drink sector is the envy of countries across the world. We have a lot to share with other countries, we just need to get rid of the foreign neighbour who works every day to keep all this for themselves. We are a colony of England and we must fight to become visible and free. Only then can Scotland truly flourish and prosper.

I am, as always

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52 thoughts on “THE IMPORTANCE OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

  1. Another great Post, Iain, and I completely agree with you about our country being proud of our music and culture. It was great to end the Alba conference with Scots Wha Hae. This had quite obviously been ditched by NS and co.
    I hope you are enjoying your holiday.

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      1. If this is true, the tune of the American “My Country tis of Thee…” is that of the UK anthem (G S the Q) [which included/includes the line “rebellious Scots to crush”]. Suggested alternative words to God Save The Q/K: You Kaye Gee Bee en Aye [UKGBNI], What is the reason why, You should exist ? Should you disintegrate, Or suffer some such fate, Oh! How appropriate ! You won’t be missed !

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      2. The suggestion that they had replaced it with My Country ‘Tis of Thee was a weak joke on my part. See David Stevenson’s rather humourous post.

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  2. Great points there, Iain. Perhaps we cou;d make a start at COP26 by organising some Scottish music, singing and dancing events.
    If the idea gives Boris Johnson and his new English/British Culture Secretary apoplexy, that’s a bonus.

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    1. Totally agree it’s a great opportunity just think of the hundreds of foreign media looking for events to fill their programmes. London would go mad if we filled them for them.

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      1. Do you know where Irish Riverdance came from? It was from Scottish step dancing which also influenced the clog dancing of Northern England. I learned that from a Telefis Eireann documentary about thirty odd years ago. That was before Riverdance became an international sensation. I don’t think you will have the Irish acknowledging that today.

        There is no longer any step dancing in Scotland I believe. Apparently it was regarded as too wild and not ‘genteel’. Restrained forms of Highland dance – the kind seen performed usually by wee lassies at Highland Games – were deemed more respectable. Graceful and agile those wee lassies’ dancing might be, but wild it is not. (Did anyone ever dance Strip the Willow at the Highlanders’ Institute? Now that was wild and abandoned! I’m surprised no injuries were actually sustained.)

        Scottish culture has traditionally been under pressure to be acceptable in the douce parlours of the unco’ guid and returned to its native people denatured and re-packaged whereas it was once the culture of the ordinary people in ferm touns and village gatherings all over the land. Even the folk revival of the 60s and 70s tended to be almost apologetic about their own music. I once asked a young folk musician ( who was English but in a Scottish band) on his way to a festival, why a country so rich in folk music did not hear much of it played whereas the Irish had established their folk music internationally with great success, His answer? Well, Irish music was just more popular.

        I’m pleased to say that today folk musicians in Scotland are less backward in coming forward, although there is still a tendency to defer and to be ingratiating about Scottish music? The Irish still manage to promote their own music robustly on the world stage while respecting and performing music of other countries. We still labour from the cringe and seem slightly embarrassed about being thought ‘too nationalistic’. ( Just thought of Cosy Slippers Pete there. I’d forgotten he used to play in a Scottish band. Well, who’d a thunk it?)

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      2. jgedd.

        Apparently Scottish Step dancing is alive and well in Canada Cape Breton, and has found its way back to Scotland though its not as popular as Highland dancing, it was outlawed in Scotland by the English, as was kilt wearing.

        Here are scots performing it.

        https://scottishstepdance.com/gallery/

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  3. Great piece, Iain, and so true. The political struggle absolutely needs to run parallel to the cultural and language struggle. The Quebecois did the same after the second referendum was lost: they started speaking only Quebecois French in all shops and restaurants, bars and public spaces, forcing the Anglophones who had voted NO to use their language, and making a very telling point. A people using their own Mother Tongue does not means shutting anyone out, excluding anyone; it means pulling others in and including themselves. There is, though, I’m afraid, something very different about Scottish and Irish (and maybe Welsh, too) Unionists of all hues and nationalities: they come with the Union Jack stamped right through them and take any divergence from the status quo as a personal insult. It is a particularly narrow version of colonialism that brooks no opposition, and, sometimes, it takes a Scot of English heritage to point that out to our Vichy friends, as it took an Anglophone with Quebecois attachments and allegiance I once heard explaining to Quebecois NO voters. I think that the SNP has been very lax and fawning on this issue of the 2014 NO vote. The same Anglocentric arrogance was discernible in the Quebecois independence campaigns, and very evidently comes from the same place: English supremacist dogma. Sad. Very sad.

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    1. Scottish Step Dance is still taught and danced in Edinburgh University New Scotland Country Dance Society. [Brought back from Canada largely by Mairi Campbell. It was taken to Canada (Nova Scotia) by Highlanders during the clearances].

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      1. Thanks for that, david stevenson, didn’t know that it had survived. Thanks also to Republicofscotland for the info and link! Not only has it survived but thriving. I was going by that Telefis Eireann documentary of over three decades ago. Thanks to forums like this you can depend on someone coming up with the information!

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      2. Thoroughly enjoyed the Step Dance video. Steps are similar to the Scottish Irish jig which I was taught as a child. Four of us used to perform the Irish Jig, Highland Fling, Foursome Reel etc. at concerts and the local Highland Games. But I had no knowledge of Scottish Step Dancing – though I did see an elderly man perform in Tom Long’s pub in Dingle, Co. Kerry many years ago. Thank you to Republicofscotland for educating me – at long last, you might think! And thank you to Iain for an exceptionally wonderful blog. Fairly brightened a dreary, wet morning!

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  4. In my opinion if you don’t have your own culture then you cannot possibly be an independent separate people. And music must surely form a large part of what constitutes a people’s culture.

    We have so much to choose from as well both historically and contemporary.

    It is music that inspires. Not economic data and business statistics.

    As the Proclaimers would sing: it’s Scotland’s Story.

    So let’s tell it. And sell it.

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    1. The popularity of Scottish music and dancing is exemplified by the continuous sell out of the Edinburgh Festival a year in advance , the unfortunate thing is it has been captured and englified by our colonial masters , it is so prim and contrived that the ONLY thing good about it is the music

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    2. In the bars of Inverness there’s still a thriving folk scene. I would strongly recommend Schiehallion who always play to packed audiences in pubs like The Gellions, They keep Scottish traditional music alive.

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  5. If only Scotland had a government that was not determined to destroy the potential for collective political AGENCY in Scotland. Which is exactly what the GRA reforms will achieve, as drafted, as they will force Scots law to support the material fantasy that social reality is purely a product of mind over matter. Which simply serves the interests of power.

    Embodiment and the Construction of Social
    Knowledge: Towards an Integration of
    Embodiment and Social Representations Theory
    https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/297034774(dot)pdf

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  6. I’m not suggesting we need to undergo an authoritarian cultural re-education to turn the clock back on Scotland’s linguistic under-development. Though a culture can’t function without a functional language that has cultural meaning. What I’m suggesting is the Scottish government needs to find new legal advisors who actually understand how the law functions.

    Essentials of a Theory of Language Cognition
    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/modl.12532

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  7. Well said Ian. I think my parents did well in the 50’s in Birmingham. We went every Wednesday to a school hall where my brothers learnt to play the pipes and I learnt the highland fling and the sword dance (my dad made the swords). I also did Scottish country dancing. We performed at tattoos etc and we were often joined by Irish dancers. I loved my kilt and I remember feeling very proud. It all came back to me when I read your post so thanks for that. The noise of chanters being learnt is a vivid memory along with feeding the pipe bag with raw eggs – I think! It’s 70 yrs ago and I loved it all. I really felt I belonged to great culture and I thank my parents for that opportunity.

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  8. “WE HAVE A BEST SELLER SHOW ON OUR HANDS IF ONLY OUR AGENCIES, TRADE BODIES, GOVERNMENT, TOURISM AND ARTS got together to sell it!”

    Nice idea Iain, however we have House Jock gatekeepers for the union in many of those positions, or Southerner’s parachuted into the top jobs, who of course see the union and the anglicisation of Scotland as far more important than exporting our suppressed culture.

    I suppose we are missing a very important giant piece of the jigsaw that the Estonians had, a people who were/are united in the goal of independence.

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    1. And that giant piece of the jigsaw depends on who the colonizers were and are, and how deviously they spun their colonizing web. I think it shows how much better Perfidious Albion was at colonizing than Russia.

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      1. While I agree that a great many of our arts etc posts are occupied by those who’d have us remain shackled, I can’t help but feel this is another ‘Let’s blame Boris’ lament. As I’ve been saying for many months now; we have all of the powers and remedies in our own hands, except the SNP know that would bring about the end of Scotland’s subjection.
        Personally, I’m done with blame-the-Tories, I prefer the much simpler, easily proven, easier to process fact: the SNP are the enemy of independence and the suppressors of Scots dance, culture, arts, drama, people – tell me how else we find ourselves in the same predicament some 7 years after Salmond handed over a golden opportunity?

        Tories? Nah – Stalinists of Albion – they perpetrate their sickening regime on their own, to their own English working classes, can’t apportion blame there. No, all blame for Scotland’s poverty of ambition can be found on our own doorstep.

        Example: Mhairi Black – another pseudo freedom-fighter, comfy-drawers, didn’t take her long to back-off about WASPIs. Jeez..

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      2. Soviet Russia was, to be fair, a far more repressive occupier than England. We do still have a fairly high degree of freedom here and it would be churlish to deny that. Culturally, the English have been more successful than anyone else (with the possible exception of the US) at exporting their music to even the most remote parts of the world. Virtually every student of English knows the tunes and lyrics The Beatles produced. The reason I know is that I taught some of them.

        However, people here are largely ignorant of what it was like to live under the jackboot of the Soviet Union. I understand that. In my younger days I have to admit that, though I liked some aspects of that massive country, how could I support a regime that was undemocratic and repressive and sent dissidents to the Gulags without trial? And how could I ignore the fact that it also trampled and oppressed small independent cultures like Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania?

        How could I condone the perks that you got if you were a member of the CPSU (Communist Party of the Soviet Union) Yes, though there was a degree of equality – but some would say they were all equal in their misery and drudgery. That wasn’t socialism. Yes, education was free as was health care and there was little crime. The economy was, on the other hand, moribund. Shortages and lack of choice dominated the economic landscape and, as mankind advanced technologically the country and its citizens couldn’t be left behind forever.

        The tales of travellers who did venture into the Soviet Union told stories of how the scarcities meant that if you took some pairs of jeans they would be snapped off you in seconds. It was very profitable to provide what people wanted.

        It was in Estonia, formerly the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic, however, where the change was most profound. I have been there on three occasions, the first being in May, 1993 when Scotland played a World Cup match there. The experience will live with me forever, for we were taught nothing in our great Scottish education system about that part of the world. I loved Geography yet the Soviet Union along with the rest of the communist world were largely ignored in our school atlases. Huge cities three times the size of Glasgow did not even feature in our text books. Cities like Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, in our world, simply didn’t exist. And the hugely charming and impressive Estonian capital of Tallinn was included in those glaring omissions. I thought, how could we criticize others for their selective and biased view of the world when we did the same in our school books?

        Estonia has made huge strides since that sunny week in 1993 when the customs posts consisted of portacabins and little else. Their capital city is comparable to Singapore in appearance with an ultra-modern airport. There still is a large Russian population but for some reason they have chosen to stay rather live in Putin’s Russia. Who can blame them?

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    1. When I listen to the pipes I often think of my grandfather, a piper in the first world war. How it must have been, to have to be first out of the trenches armed with only the pipes and nothing else. Not many survived.

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  9. The support and advancement of Irish Gaelic culture was an important pro-independence factor in pre-1916 Ireland.

    Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923 by R F Foster

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      1. The GRA nonsense comes to you direct from the colleges and Universities of the US and Canada. It has been found out when challenged and is pushed by the wooly-minded, shallow middle class Social Studies lecturers who have never had real job in their lives. It must be exposed and rejected.

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  10. Tell me I am wrong to feel the shame I experienced reading that article.

    Estonia strived for Independence through the Nazi occupation and the Might of the USSR occupation. They achieved Independence more than a full generation before we even got a Referendum. All we had to do was put a cross in a box

    Please don’t tell me it was English settlers or Tories. The Scots could have had Independence if they had been brave enough.

    Look at the journey taken by Estonia and Ireland and tell me why shame is not appropriate?

    A million take to the streets in Catalonia and we feel chuffed when 20k turn up at a March.

    That article hit home hard. Their campaigns for Independence were not debates about the currency, the Queen, pensions, Nation Debt. It was about their identity and the right to maintain that identity.

    We were incredibly stupid to play the game BT shaped.

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    1. National identity is critical in the vote on Scottish independence and Iain is right to focus on culture and language. In the research for my book ‘Doun-Hauden’ it soon became quite clear from study of postcolonial literature that a peoples culture and language is what creates their national consciousness, without which there can be no desire for national independence. In our case this is the Scots language, which many Scots speak though remain unable to read and write in thair ain mither tongue because the colonial oppressor refuses to teach the language in schools or give it authority – the latter a typical colonial strategy. It is no accident that culture and language form some of the first chapters in my book on Scottish independence as both combine to act as key determinants of national identity and form the basis of national consciousness. The very first thing any savvy SNP government should have done back in 2007 was to teach the Scots language tae aw bairns in schools and give it authority. Many Scots hold a confused identity and sense of belonging because they are deprived of learning their mither tongue language, and hence develop a confused sense of identity and with that a colonial mentality which looks down on Scots language and culture, and national aspirations.

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      1. Alf/Iain/Clootie: The other element to the colonial one, for its success, depends on collaboration from ‘the natives’. We are richly blessed by far more than our fair share of those, the ones who look down their noses at both Scots and Gaelic as being wholly unnecessary and restrictive. What they mean is: English speakers have to make the effort to learn them; and one of the main purposes of a private education is to eliminate accents and language that does not fit well with the aspirational middle-classes. Thinking about it, the middle-class opposes almost everything that is, in any way, progressive in favour of regressive, cruel and vacuous policies that are relevant only to themselves. That is decidedly odd in that so many were not born into that class but were able to gravitate ‘upwards’ when social mobility meant not walking to the nearest food bank because you can’t afford the bus fare. Amnesia sets in for so many very quickly after they have negotiated the greasy pole, and they lather on even more grease. People are weird.

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      2. Lorncal, yes it may appear that ‘people are weird’, however the process we are referring to and development of a colonial mentality and ‘internalised racism’ is well established in postcolonial theory.

        Colonialism involves racism and prejudice against an indigenous oppressed people and this and resultant institutionalised inequality is what gives rise to the development of independence movements. Which gets back to the need for people to better understand the real reason for independence.

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    2. Clootie I agree with you to a certain extent , I too am extremely angry and embarrassed at the lack of response from our fellow Scots to indy , But 1, in 2014 Scots did vote 52% for indy , But 2 , Estonia have not been colonised for 300 years unlike Scotland , But 3 , Scots have voted for liebour for decades in the mistaken belief that they represented the working class , whilst the SNP took decades to get their message out , TBQH it is unbelievable that we allowed liebour and it’s traitorous collaborators to hold so much power over us , But 4 ,I have been on most of the marches and loved the camaraderie and atmosphere but let’s be honest Scotland’s weather is different from Catalonia’s , and unfortunately now attending a march would signify support for traitor sturgeon

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  11. Back in the 60’s it was impossible for a Scottish céilidh band to get a gig on BBC TV’s lamentable, White Heather Club, unless they were prepared to comply with the BBC’s prescribed formula as to how Scottish Highland music ought to be played thus sound. That a band might be capable of filling dance halls the length-and-breadth of the Highlands and sending people home delighted, mean’t absolutely nothing to the foreigner cultural gate-keepers and their minions in Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Drive studios.

    Given the levels of cultural expropriation practiced by the British Broadcasting Corporation over the years, it’s quite miraculous that any of us can still name a Scottish song, let alone sing one. Ethnicity, it seems, can’t be expropriated. Whether Scots Wha Hae or Freedom Come All Ye, I’ll take either or the both of them for the anthem!

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  12. Privilege is cumulative, both on an individual and cultural level, and is articulated through biological and health inequalities. Though I’m trained in the necessary legal and political science needed to overcome the racist patriarchy of Westminster, there is insufficient political will to recognise Scotland’s legal identity. As to do so would force Westminster to respect international law, thereby challenging the assumed legal supremacy of the Crown in Parliament. Which lacks the legal authority to force harm on Scotland, especially as we voted to reject Brexit.

    Self-Identity, Embodiment and the Development of Emotional Resilience
    https://academic.oup.com/bjsw/article/44/8/2426/1622727

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  13. If we want to defend Scottish culture from English Torydum and xenophobic English nationalism self-identifying as British constitutionalism, we’re going to have to convince the FM she’s needs to make room for someone more capable, IMHO. As trying to emancipate Scotland politically, while simultaneously disabling the capacity of Scots law to reflect material reality and support the principle of equality in law, simply isn’t going to work.

    The Scottish government’s gender agenda indicates either a criminal level of incompetence/negligence, or criminal malfeasance, IMHO. The GRA amendments could not have been so poorly drafted otherwise, and if allowed to proceed, will undo Scots law’s capacity for a universality of outlook and application. As well as universality of public comprehension and acceptance. So if the Scottish government want’s to engage seriously with intersectionality, they’ll have to admit they got it wrong with the wording of GRA amendments.

    An Intersectionality-Based
    Policy Analysis Framework
    https://data2.unhcr.org/en/documents/download/46176

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    1. You are spot on, Cameron, in both your posts there. Scots Law and our legal system is enshrined in the Treaty and cannot be changed without permission from the Scottish people delegated to our representatives and parliament. Who gives a toss about the Treaty? The Scottish establishment’s mendacity on both Scots Law and the Treaty would choke a horse, as they say.

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  14. Apologies for commenting further, but I’m fortunate to have been professionally trained to support authentic culture.

    We all use language to connect our biology with culture, so I can’t emphasis enough how damaging the SG’s gender agenda would be to our capacity to support Scottish culture. Which I don’t think benefits in the slightest from the SG’s rather partial approach to hate crime.

    Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology is perhaps a bit hard-core, but if we want to secure a sustainable future for Scottish culture, we’ll need to stop the Scottish government from forcing Scots law to accommodate anti-foundational delusion that is grounded in the denial of material reality. As both Brexit and gender woo woo in law, set the legal conditions for a state of totalitarianism.

    The Embodied Self, the Pattern Theory of Self, and the Predictive Mind
    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02270/full

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  15. When one looks at the response to music, and I’m thinking here of popular music like Runrig and let us say their rendition of Loch Lomond or the Proclaimers singing they can’t understand how we would let someone else run our land cap in hand, you get it how these two different popular contemporay genres stir emotion.

    Or Dougie McLean with a rendition of Caledonia. The list goes on.

    Over recent years many artists have made huge contributions to helping galvanise our national identity. Music, and contemporary music at that, aside of older music which can be reenterpreted is very very important.

    We also need a national anthem too I think.

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  16. O/T Iain.

    Police Scotland, and the SNP ran Edinburgh city council do everything in their powers to weaken and lessen the exposure of the AUOB march in Edinburgh.

    The unionist loving Police Scotland even want a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) to be in place a minimum of 28 days before such a march.

    No such problems though for the Orange Order, who could march past chapels banging their drums and singing all manner of offensive songs of hate whilst Police Scotland who deployed 800 officers walked along side them without a quibble.

    The original AUOB march has already moved its dates to September 25 to avoid clashing with the Queen’s official opening of the parliament. So now the SNP ran Edinburgh council and our very own colonial police force see a foreign monarchs opening of parliament as more important than Scottish independence.

    AUOB applied for the march in Edinburgh in January, Christ the SNP really does loathe the AUOB because it promotes Scottish independence, like I’ve said before I’ll never vote SNP again its Alba from now on.

    https://archive.is/U8PgY

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  17. just a thought, is the moving of the date not more to do with the banning of demos at the parly building, I quite believe that this was well in order before we heard about it.

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  18. Alf: oh, I know. I was meaning that people are weird because, even after they see the reality, they still keep their eyes closed to the consequences. That takes a huge effort of will. The default setting in humans is fair play and truth. You really have to work hard to overcome those no matter how ‘brainwashed’ you are. These people – and they include the majority of politicians – just can’t be bothered expending energy on things that don’t, prima facie, involve them – seemingly oblivious to the fact that more energy must be expended to repair their mistakes – and, very probably, those mistakes will come back to bite them on the bum precisely because they did not look them in the eye when they had the opportunity to do so. It is the greatest human tragedy: we never learn, not really, until it is too late in most instances. There are always those, however, who are way ahead of the game and try to tell it like it is. They are almost always vilified until we reach the point – the tipping point, as it’s called, or, at least, the catalyst that bring about the tipping point – and they are the Cassandras of this world, regardless of sex. They see the bigger picture and work out how something, often seemingly insignificant, will play out – but are destined not to be believed. They are the people, and there are others in different spheres, who do much the same thing – intellectuals, scientists, political seers, cultural leaders, etc. – who pull the rest of humanity up by their bootstraps after them. It is called progress, or more precisely, evolution, and they are universally vilified, mocked, ostracized as alarmists and hysterics, until they’re not, usually when the reality they wished everyone to see becomes inescapable for all. So much of human non-endeavour is a flight from reality – understandable up to a point, but, for some strange, nay, weird, reason we seem to go way past that point when our own reason should kick in and override our emotions that are betraying our best interests as a group/human species.

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    1. Lorncal, here we perhaps also have to think of the Fanon/Memmi etc realisation that colonialism ‘is a disease of the mind’ and which necessitates the native’s ‘excessive submission (to the colonizer) resulting in depersonalization’ of the native people.

      And it follows that: ‘In order to witness the colonized’s complete cure, his alienation must completely cease’. And in order for this ‘change’ to transpire ‘we must await the complete disappearance of colonization’.

      Which brings us back to the rationale as well as the urgent need for independence, and the need for this to be better understood as what it is, i.e. decolonisation.

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  19. People MOCK comments like colony or colonisers when it comes to Scotland and Scots they see this bountiful resource blessed supposed democratic country and refuse to countenance anything so unbelievable , they cannot investigate the reality that that is what HAS and IS happening at this present and past time , Alf Baird has suffered abuse and ridicule to expose this reality , and quite honestly we owe him a great deal of thanks for his unstinting and continuous forward travel in attempting to educate and inform the populace of the egregious wrong that has been visited on them

    NO one likes to admit being wrong and that is especially true if someone points out that you have literally been brainwashed for hundreds of years into believing that Scotland and Scots are unworthy , drunks , drug addicts , misers , too poor , too weak , too stupid to govern and prosper their own country , they NEED the responsible caring english government to subsidise our incompetence and wastefulness

    What is even more vile and repugnant is that there has never been a shortage of willing Scottish volunteers (traitors and collaborators) eager and desperate to capitalise on and promote the subsidised LIE myth

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