I’m not sure if there is a medical term for this compulsion to find ways in which others have offended against sensibilities which are, themselves, oddly contrived to be readily offended against. It strikes me as the sort of thing that the Germans might have a word for.
One gets the distinct impression that James MacMillan spends an inordinate amount of his time researching and archiving comments which supposedly evidence a troubling malaise in Scotland’s cultural community. A community where, if the number of names not so much dropped as dashed to the cobbles is anything to go by, pretty much everybody has the wrong attitude in one way or another. They are all “vile, venal and parochial”.
They are “vile”, where James is justifiably angry. They are “venal”, where James is enlightened and objective. They are “parochial”, where James is British.
James has been making a list. You wouldn’t want to be on his list.
“The pathology runs deep.” Indeed it does, James. Indeed it does.