THE Scottish Tories last night attempted to shed their image as an English party by calling for the 700th anniversary of Bannockburn to be put at the heart of the 2014 year of Homecoming.Mr Fraser goes onto explains his case for commemorating Bannockburn:
Murdo Fraser, deputy Tory leader, urged the Scottish Government to spearhead a funding drive for a new Bannockburn Heritage Centre.
"The Battle of Bannockburn was where Robert the Bruce led a significant Scottish victory against the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence. It is of national importance to Scotland… It will be fitting for Bannockburn to have a new and ambitious Heritage Centre that can retell the story and events of that era, which can be the centre piece for a second Homecoming."Two obvious (to anyone outside the Scottish Conservative Party) questions:
Why would a Unionist wish to celebrate the victory of one part of the modern-day United Kingdom over another?
Murdo Fraser is also presumably (although the way the Scottish Conservatives are heading you wouldn't bet your house on it)opposed to Scotland splitting from the rest of the United Kingdom, why then is he proposing to commemorate an historic event which emphasises Scotland's "separateness"?