Thursday, 11 December 2008
My political bias should be obvious, but a bit more explanation is necessary.
Over the years I have found that a vast proportion of the Scottish cultural and political outlook – particularly that of nationalists – has been based on myths. Too often have I come across things which have been “generally accepted” - sometimes things I have wanted to believe in – and found that in fact they are based on made-up hooey.
So I am setting up this blog as an archive of debunkery of these myths. This blog will necessarily be less topical and newsy than usual – that territory is pretty well covered already – but I hope it will nonetheless be of value.
Some of the topics to be covered will be modern and topical. Some will delve back into ancient, mostly irrelevant history – that, sadly, is the nature of some of the myths driving present-day nationalism. However I have unbounded faith in the capacity of Scot Nats to generate new myths on an ongoing basis, so I see no limit to the utility of this blog.
Let the fun begin.
However, judging by the experience of others, this may well lead to the comments threads being overwhelmed with nutters calling me a cringing, traitorous, self-hating, lickspittle, Quisling Uncle Tom, combined with accusations of being someone else entirely. Such is the open, tolerant mindset of the modern Scottish Nationalist.
If this happens, comment moderation goes on. It's my train set. If anyone wants to call me names on the internet, they can set up their own blog and do it there.