When the Union has run out of arguments, and it looks like Scotland is about to take the high road, it throws the dice for the last time: The Ulsterisation of Scotland. “Leave this empire,” it says, “and we’ll treat you like we treated the Irish.”
Scotland and Britain are not synonymous in the way that England is, and so our relationship to Britain – unlike that of England – is that of a subject. That the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, is indeed and in law the second (Scotland has never had an Elizabeth I) highlights the very real subjugation of the Scots.
In all likelihood the Ho’din’ O’ Hogmanay predates the celebration of Christmas in Scotland. Believe it or not, Christmas is quite a new holiday in Scotland. It was only made a public holiday in 1958 and many places of work in the industrial south were still operational on the day well into the late 60s.
Follow @UrFhasaidh Learning Gàidhlig (Scots Gaelic) was never going to be easy, and sooner or later I knew that I would have to escape the books and the YouTube videos and return to Scotland in search of somewhere where I might experience it as a spoken language. Instead of heading straight for one of the … Continue reading Back to Scotland in Search of Some Gàidhlig
Follow @UrFhasaidh Is mise Ìason Mìcheal agus tha mi à Cill Mhèarnaig and I want to know just what’s wrong with me speaking my native language or my mother’s tongue at the place where we are forced to play government with our neighbours. That’s what seems to be the story right now in the House … Continue reading Our Country and Our Language