Earlier I was involved in another collieshangie with an auld school friend over Scots independence. Katie Hopkins, the talking head on the BBC, had said something about people using foodbanks in Britain using them only for free food; more human scum looking for another hand out. Not unsurprisingly this ended up doing the rounds on Scotland’s social media, and I made the simple observation that by 55.3 percent of Scotland electing to remain in the United Kingdom Scots had chosen to remain with this Westminster and British Establishment sentiment. Within hours I was informed that this was a pretty racist attitude. It wasn’t a member of the British Establishment who said this, but a woman I knew in an Ayrshire school as a child; a fellow Scot. Time for a definition:
Race2 n., Each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics. An ethnic group. Racial origin from a common ancestor.
It takes some amount of poetic licence with the OED to produce a racial distinction between the various populations living on the British – or ‘these’ – Isles. This accusation is ‘bullshit’ (à la Harry G. Frankfurt); people talking on a subject over which they have limited expertise in a pompous effort to project themselves onto others as sophisticated and informed. Have I a distaste for the English (in general)? No. I’m a realist. In the racial sense I am as English as David Cameron, and in the cultural sense I am as English as Lenny Henry. Yet I am not English. What I do have a particular, and particularly strong, distaste for is Westminster and a British Establishment that has robbed, raped and dehumanised the Scots, the Welsh, the Irish and the English.
This Britishness is a system of governance; one of élitism and privilege, and not a nation, an ethnicity, a race or any other such thing. It is a quasi-religious ideology of supremacy that acts methodically in a finely calculated way to arrogate wealth and power to itself – to the serious social and economic harm of millions. Do I dislike this system? Yes. Quite unapologetically I say that I despise this Britishness – this fraud. Hiding behind the mask of racism is just one of the very many ruses it plays to protect itself from valid criticism. This colonised, servile mentality of a fellow Scot is a predictable product of long enthrallment, and has always been used by Britain to guilt people into silence. It is guilty, it is as guilty as sin – and I am proud that I have become the sort of man who can say this without fear.