Not sentimental

We need to fight to protect Brand Scotland for precisely the same reasons we must fight to defend every aspect of Scotland’s distinctiveness. It’s all connected. Dismiss any part as too trivial to ‘make a fuss’ about, and you necessarily chip away at the underpinnings of something of undeniable significance.

We need to fight to defend every aspect of Scottish distinctiveness because it is all under attack. If we do not draw the line at Brand Scotland then that line moves inexorably to our public services, our national infrastructure and our democratic institutions.

At no time since the Union was imposed on us has Scotland been in greater danger of being engulfed by a ‘Greater England’ project which has often been in abeyance but which has never entirely been abandoned. That ‘Greater England’ project morphed into the ‘British Empire’ project and thence to the ‘One Nation’ British Nationalism of today. Essentially, it is the same endeavour, which has taken on a new urgency as Scotland rediscovers its confidence, develops its distinctive political culture and finds its democratic voice. It is a project which has been quick to adopt and deploy modern methods of distraction, disinformation and manipulation in furtherance of its aim of eradicating the very idea of Scotland as a nation.

The British state is not benign. It’s purposes are not beneficent. It’s intentions are not honourable. It’s methods are not principled. If you would not see Scotland absorbed into a state which is increasingly the antithesis of what we aspire to then you need to fight to defend Brand Scotland just as you would fight to defend the Scottish Parliament. It all matters.

This is not about sentimentality. It is about survival.


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About Peter A Bell

Thinker. Listener. Talker. Reader. Writer. No attitude immutable. No conclusion final. No opinion humble. Lifelong campaigner for the restoration of Scotland's independence.
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3 Responses to Not sentimental

  1. TSD says:

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a 50+ Female.

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  2. daibhidhdeux says:

    Hear hear, sir.

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  3. Elaine says:

    So pleased to see you are writing about this subject, something that worries me very much indeed… you are right.. “the Establishment” will wipe Scotland and her culture from the face of the earth and have us all known as “British”, we need to work hard to save our country her people and our culture..
    keep,up the good work Peter, I love reading your blogs.

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