Thursday, 28 July 2011


Readers from the West of Scotland may recognise the railway station whose new sign is shown above . It serves the Glasgow East End community of Bridgeton , formerly a town in its own right , which has existed in the area since the late 18th Century . A hot-bed of Orangeism and Loyalism , containing the HQ of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland , it is very much a product of Lowland Scotland and the Industrial Revolution .

Scotrail , however , have decided that it is , in fact , Grannie's Heilan Hame , former seat of the High Kings of Teuchterdom , founded by Aoanghas of the Angry Red Beard in 426 (before the arrival of the Gaelic Irish invaders , like Scotland as a whole , it had no inhabitants) . It has merely been squatted in by the evil Sassenach incomers these past few years , the evil colonists who must be driven from this pure stronghold of Gaeldom .

At least , that would seem to be the only fantasy world in which it could possibly justify translating the name of a Lanarkshire town into Gaelic . It has never been written in Scots , where it would be "Brigton".

Here's mair of their p**h

I've already seen another one at Rutherglen , but can't find a photo .

Why not have them written in Urdu or Polish ?  That would fit the demographic a lot more snugly .

Or could it be that Anti-Scottish professional Gaels wish to impose their language upon we natives as part of an opportunistic cultural power-grab ?

Ochone ! Ochone !

Scots is the language of Lowland Scotland , augmented by Scottish Standard English for formal occasions . Gaelic has been nowhere in sight since the early Middle Ages (unless you were hanging about in certain isolated villages in Galloway , of course).

They're getting me angry , these people . And I used to sympathise with their efforts to hang onto their own culture . They should let us hang on to ours .


Edward Spalton said...

This sort of twee,phoney Celticism is matched by "Ye Olde Tea Shoppe"type of signs in England - although they are generally privately paid for.

Whenever I hear the English Democrats, I get a premonition of compulsory Shakespeare and Morris dancing, organised by the local authority.

Perhaps it is unwise to have breathed this aloud. Cameron might include such things as part of his Big Society. It would be something for the 5,000 or so officially recruited (and salaried) busybodies to do. (Actually I am not sure whether they have yet been recruited but that was the proposed size of the corps of blockleiters to jolly folk along)

It is not so long ago that several of the English regional assemblies provided "regional identity kits" to help people know who they were - in our case, happy East Midlanders and Europeans - anything but British or English.

Yet in the region which has the strongest sense of identity, the North East, the regional project was decisively rejected in a referendum.
The project is being slyly revived - like devolution, it fits EU requirements.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Oli, FFS take those Union Jack sunglasses with the orange legs off. The Union is dead, be a progressive and move on.

Edward Spalton said...

Dark Lochnagar

Anybody with a brain who has seriously studied the political situation of the UK over the last thirty years will feel a degree of disaffection. This has not happened by chance but by design and intention. Top/down manipulation has been added to the normal strains and stresses which occur within any country. In part, you feel the way you do because that is what the authorities decided they wanted you to feel and they decided it a long time ago.

In 1971 the Foreign Office prepared a document on the effects of joining the EEC ( Ref FCO 30/1048) which included
"The transfer of major executive responsibilities to the bureaucratic Commission in Brussels will exacerbate popular feelings of alienation from government. To counter this feeling, strengthened local and regional democratic processes within member states and effective Community economic and social policies will be essential....there would be a major responsibility on HM Government and on all political parties not to exacerbate public concern by attributing unpopular policies to the remote and unmanageable workings of the Community".

So your sentiments are "progressive" in the sense that they are progressing in the direction the Foreign Office laid down forty years ago. The difference between being an EU region within the UK as an EU member or "independence in Europe" is tiny since the Lisbon treaty downgraded smaller member states to effective second class status.

Dr. Tony Coughlan of the Irish National Platform wrote an excellent short paper
on the present constitutional situation. It is included in a handy booklet "A HOUSE DIVIDED", published by the Campaign for an Independent Britain (CIB). A copy went to every MP and member of the House of Lords. I personally posted one to every MSP - so nobody has any excuse for ignorance! A Lib Dem MSP wrote to say how useful it would be in explaining things to his constituents!
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The Young Oligarch said...

DL . This "Gaelic Is Your Culture" bit would be irrelevant , laughable indeed , were there not a real prospect of an independent Scotland . They are trying to re-define our identity to something it has never been in the past .
It is nothing to do with the Union , Orangeism or anything else . It is about the real Scotland versus a fantasy one .

The Young Oligarch said...

Edward , I agree with your "regionalisation as Euro-division" analysis .

Many English people will be unaware that they tried the same thing within Scotland , by abolishing the traditional counties and bringing in "regions" such as Strathclyde which were designed to consolidate Labour party power bases as well as fragment established local identities . Fortunately they are gone , though many in the leftist establishment want them back .

Edward Spalton said...

Hello Young Oligarch.

Thank you for reminding me. I was aware of some of the various regionalisations and reorganisations which had been inflicted on Scotland. My wife used to be a probation officer in Scotland and said that, whatever else happened, they always ended up with more promoted posts and fewer main grade officers and social workers.