Turning our back on one of the best trade, diplomatic and consular networks will cost Scotland dear, writes Brian Wilson
|Scooped by Peter A Bell|
Reading Brian Wilson's woeful offerings is always an onerous task to be undertaken only with extreme reluctance and, perhaps, the bracing effects of a stiff drink. This is an individual for whom the word miserabilist might have been invented.
Fortunately - at least from a certain perspective - wide reading of the British press and listening to British politicians has inured me to the kind of sneering contempt for Scotland that is evinced by the likes of Wilson and which might otherwise be just too much to bear. Brian Wilson appears to genuinely believe that Scotland's people are incapable of doing anything without the British state holding their hand.
There's one of those curious contradictions in Wilson's latest Jeremiad such as we so often find in the rantings and bleatings of rabid British nationalists. He is willing, however grudgingly, to acknowledge the, perhaps disproportionately, significant role played by Scotland's people and institutions in the UK's trade, diplomatic and consular networks. But he is evidently incapable of conceiving of those same people and institutions doing a similarly outstanding job on Scotland's behalf.
Wilson appears to believe, with all the fervour of the religious zealot, that all the talents, skills, capacities and capabilities of Scotland's people flow from and are critically dependent upon the British state. Scotland's people, as portrayed by Wilson and his ilk, are mere ciphers who draw whatever worth they may have from their immersion in the British state. Without it, we are nothing.
What may strike some as curious is the fact that Wilson sees no insult in this. To the British nationalist mind, such condescending scorn is perceived as a compliment. Go figure!