Friday, 6 June 2014
BritScot Twitters:- "Heard you on Essex Radio saying it is unfair Scots get free scripts whilst the English don’t. This is devolution."
I was interviewed on Radio Essex on the 30th May, the day of the launch of the Scottish Independence period. A twitter conversation came out of that which I think is of some interest with a BritScot, named Scott (sic!) Wardrope.
The conversation went as follows:-
Scott:- "Heard you on Essex Radio saying it is unfair Scots get free scripts whilst the English don’t. This is devolution."
Scott:- "The English could have free scripts/university, but choose not to, whilst the Scots do. What is unfair about that?"
Me:- "Both paid for by English taxpayers and not offered to us by our British masters."
Scott:- "I think Scottish taxpayers also make a contribution. In fairness the Scots also have to pay for Trident and illegal wars."
Me:- "House of Lords report says England subsidises Scotland to the tune of £32 billion per year."
Scott:- "Politicians bend the facts to suit their views though. We will only know for sure if we actually get our independence."
Me :- "Are you Scottish and a yes voter?"
Scott:- "I am Scottish, but live in Essex, so I cannot vote on the indyref."
Me:- "Well then you are just as disadvantaged as any Englishman by the current arrangements!"
Scott:- "Indeed! I am reduced to lobbying friends and family from over the border."
Me:- "If they vote yes then you will have to choose whether you are Scottish or English. Which would it be?"
Scott:- "Scottish. I suspect a few ex-pats Scots will be returning home after the yes votes. Sadly it seems indy Scotland will join the EU."
Me:- "Interesting! Your, and their, ultimate loyalty to Scotland and not England is a further strong argument for English independence!"
Scott:- "I suppose it is. Scots have stronger nationalism than the English though. Nationalism is a dirty word down south."
The twitter conversation was then joined by Scott Laing.
Laing said :- "That is a false choice – option is not “English” but “British”. Cannot choose to be English surely?"
Me to both:- "You will not be able to be British if Scotland goes! E + S = GB therefore GB – S + E".
Me:- "As historian AJP Taylor pointed out that is because Scots in England have been pushing Britishness for some 70 years now."
Laing:- "And what about W and NI? Even better together folk such as myself would choose S if between S and E."
Scott:- "The Left have equated English nationalism with racism and other nasty isms."
Scott:- "Britishness is a dying concept. Unless WW3 breaks out, Britishness will bite the dust."
Scott:- "England won’t be able to drop NI Prods there feel more British than most English."
Me to both:- "Wales was incorporated into the KGD of England in 1536 the NI remnant of the 1801 Union lapses with the dissolution of GB."
Me to both:- "Not a question of feelings but of constitutional law."
Scott:- "A YES vote will create much uncertainty in NI then. There is a lot of union flags there that need tweaking."