As for Scotland’s identity, if Scott-land is a sham country, so is the new-nationalist, Burns-burnished alternative, a nation forged of feel-hard-done-by Braveheart movies, Celtic lettering on tawdry signs and synthetic rage at ancient clearances. Mr Kelly mentions the vacuum at Scotland’s centre that the poet Edwin Muir alluded to 70 years ago. It still exists.Ouch.
Friday, July 30, 2010
Quote of the day
From The Economist's review of the new Sir Walter Scott biography, Scott-land: The Man who Invented a Nation by Stuart Kelly: