Moan McVulpine: Not much to learn from Nationalist mythologising of the past

Moan was hugely impressed with the lack of detail on the less celebrated aspects of our country’s achievements and history.

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By Moan McVulpine – Applying a Nationalist cudgel to oor great wee history

THE GREAT tapestry of Scotland was on display for just three weeks at Whollyrude yet attracted 30,000 visitors.

That’s approximately two thirds of the numbers visiting Celtic park or Ibrox on a typical match day.

The panels of the tapestry celebrate the plus side of our history and ignore the darker side which still resonates today.

For example, there’s no mention of the 1606 Colliers and Salters Act which effectively enslaved Scots to their Scots “maisters” through generations.

Ironically, and something the Nationalists are keen to ignore, it was an act of the Westminster Parliament of Union in 1795 which finally repealed the barbaric act – recognising it as “a state of slavery and bondage.”

Ho hum. Nationalistic celebration of history only works when it ignores inconvenient truths.

And that’s not to demean the tapestry itself. It’s a worthy project and worth the viewing for anyone interested in their country’s history. It truly is an impressive and beautiful work of art.

But, as soon as politicians with questionable agendas start promoting it as some sort of communal Nationalistic love in, you have to start asking questions.

Moanie, not Joanie, comes from Ayrshire – the land of Burns, Wallace, Bruce and numerous other Scottish icons.

Ayrshire was a hotbed of the covenanting tradition in the 17th century. Inconveniently, the covenanters were rabidly anti-catholic. To the modern ear they can only ever come across as sectarian fanatics.

But the important thing to remember was that their later cause came from the
conscience of the common people, not the landed elites, not their religious pastors, but from their own consciences.

They were the first among the lower orders to question, test and reject the motives of their alleged social betters and superiors.

And more importantly, they made up their own minds based on their own debates.

One of the last acts of the independent Scottish Parliament in 1670 was the Act Against Conventicles – unauthorised religious gatherings.

This Act, passed by Scots against Scots, has resonance with todays Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Act.

Both were heinous, ill thought out, and mostly unworkable.

Their only true success was in uniting large swathes of the Scottish population against the parliamentary authorities due to their blatant and transparent injustice.

So, when the likes of Joan McArthyalpine bang on about how great we are, it’s worth looking at the subtext.

Nationalists, no matter how ‘civic’ or ‘progressive’ or dedicated to ‘Scottish values’ they appear to be, are always worth the watching.

Give them an inch, they’ll take a mile.

For the chip on shooder brigade they are a godsend.

For the more discerning, they’ll drive a divisive wedge through the heart of the country which will take a long time to heal.

No matter the outcome of the Neverendum, it is imperative that those able to consider a wider picture, should reject the Nationalist agenda at every opportunity.


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