A friend of mine's son is a plasterer. Since 2004 his income has declined seriously because he cannot compete with Eastern European workers who live 6 to a house and save money to send home. He cannot afford a place of his own. He is concerned about immigration.Can't say fairer than that .
In the world of CIF this young man is a racist.
John Galliano gets drunk in the Marais and tells people that he believes to be Jewish that "your mothers, your forefathers would all have been gassed" and says that he "loves Hitler".
In the world of CIF Galliano is "a bon viveur, yes, racist, no."
The chasm of coherence, logic, ethics and justice between these 2 positions is why the left is disintegrating.
Monday, 28 February 2011
Having read this egregious article in The Guardian , I was drawn to the inescapable logic of the following comment
I've aye thoucht a masel as a Scots speaker who writes in English . Often this is a disadvantage . Our middle classes and aspirant middle classes have turned their backs on their heritage in the name of snobbery . Our lower classes now prefer to talk like American Negro gangsters , so enamoured are they by the broadcast media and divorced from their true culture . One of my closest relations now says "Yeah" instead of "Aye" . Quite why , I am unsure , he is in his 60's , although I can identify it as a form of cultural surrender .
Many in Glesca refuse to recognise that they speak a dialect of Scots and deride those from outside a 10 mile radius as "teuchters" (highly inaccurate) or "jist fermers" (partially , but not significantly , true) .
Yet ours is a rich language , spoken by plain men and men of learning for many centuries . John Barbour wrote in Scots for the Scots King when the English monarchy and aristocracy spoke French and English was regarded as a rural patois . Let it be remembered that , such was the strength of the Renaissance in this country , The Aeneid was translated into Scots before it was into English . This is no ill-spoken rustic dialect .
It would be tragic were it to disappear . Or , worse , be killed by the onslaught of meejah culture and aggressive Gaelic promotion .
I am a Scotsman . I speak Scots , not Erse .
The Census , due on the 27th of March , asks questions about our fluency in the guid Scots . It is incumbent on all who love our country and its heritage to answer truthfully and support oor mither tongue .
This fine website is of great assistance and will help many who are culturally unaware .
We must , Nationalists and Unionists , stand up for our identity . I would suggest .