Today’s Daily Mail carries a dismal article under a hysterical essay of a headline reading “Homes vandalised, accused of stealing jobs and an atmosphere of discriminatory intimidation: The savage racism turning Scotland into a no-go zone for the English”. (It actually describes a couple of minor incidents, spread over several years, affecting a single elderly couple in Stirling, without a shred of evidence that they were in fact motivated by their Englishness.)
There are undoubtedly small pockets of anti-English racism to be found in parts of Scotland, like there are small pockets of every kind of racism and prejudice found in every country in the world. But why would any Scottish person ever be driven to feel animosity towards the English – our friends, our family and our neighbours?
Not just because of a few isolated nutters on Facebook, surely?
Simon Heffer, Daily Mail, 6 September 2014 (yes, the same day)
Melanie Phillips, Daily Mail, 16 Jan 2012
“Thanks to the huge subsidies by Westminster, the Scots enjoy far more lavishly financed public services than those south of the border including, for example, free prescriptions, free personal care for the elderly and free university degrees. But unlimited public subsidy invariably produces a dependency culture of irresponsibility and infantilism — the assumption of entitlement without obligation.
Scotland is the dependency culture writ large. It can whine about England safe in the certainty that the Westminster cash cow will continue to deliver regardless. The Westminster subsidies also helped create fertile soil for the politics of infantilism in which the Scots specialise — more genteelly styled as Left-wing thinking — whose radical disconnection from reality has been cushioned by the generous largesse of the English and Welsh taxpayer.”
Kelvin MacKenzie, Daily Mail, 19 September 2011
“Apart from public sector strikes, the State doesn’t produce anything. So if Scotland is going to prosper in these austere times, then mass sackings are the only solution. Since Salmond and Co will never do that, we look as though we will have to keep propping them up financially.
I do not want to keep paying. So I suggest we bring those clever folk from Israel who put the wall around their country and get them to do the same for Scotland. Then we can give the Scots independence and perhaps suggest they merge their currency with Greece.
Andrew Roberts, Daily Mail, May 2008:
“The new Prime Minister frowned as he stared across the Cabinet table at the embarrassed looking Scottish High Commissioner. Had he heard correctly? Was President Salmond really asking that Scotland be re-admitted into the UK, after only 15 years as an independent state?
Andrew Roberts, Daily Mail, 14 January 2012:
Osborne looked at Mrs Alexander for a moment, considering hard the effects of another 5.2 million people on the books of the NHS and the huge increase in Britain’s welfare and benefits bill — let alone having an extra 41 Labour MPs sitting opposite him in the Commons.
Simon Heffer, Daily Mail, 18 September 2013:
Furthermore, I believe that an independent Scotland would soon find itself unequal to the struggle of self-government, because the English money tap would be turned off. Its people would have to work, or starve.
Perhaps after a few years, when they realised what a pup they had been sold by First Minister Alex Salmond and his friends, they would be back with their begging bowls. It might not even take that long.”
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail, 14 May 2011
“For 30 years, under the Treasury’s Barnett Formula (under which of every £1 the Government distributes, 85p goes to England, 10p to Scotland and 5p to Wales), Scots have been treated to largesse by the English.
The exact figures are disputed but the Labour Party calculates that UK subsidies are worth £14 billion a year to Scotland — that’s £2,600 for every person in Scotland. And still the rotten sporran-danglers complain!”
Of course, it’d be unfair of us to pick on the Mail alone.
Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, leader of UKIP Scotland
Simon Heffer, this time in the Daily Telegraph, 23 Jan 2009
“As Scots the world over prepare to celebrate tomorrow their third best poet (after Henrysoun and Dunbar, of course) by eating sheep’s intestines filled with what always seems to be gravel, it is appropriate that there should be stunning new evidence of the vast contribution their little nation continues to make. As recession is declared official, the pound sinks, the stock market totters, banks wobble and misery abounds, let’s salute the Scotsmen who did it.
“The sooner the bunch of Scots who govern us are booted into history the better. Never has the case for English independence from the Scots been so overwhelming. Sadly, I suspect that in the present state of penury England will be saddled with them for another 302 years of high-end welfarism at least.”
Telegraph columnist Milo Yiannopoulos, 26 January 2012
Imagine our city centres free of garrulous Glaswegian drunks slurping dirt-cheap Buckfast tonic wine, or English literary festivals free of those sour, spiky-haired Caledonian lesbians hawking their latest grim thrillers about child abuse. What bliss!“
And the same gentleman again in September 2014:
“In polite society, the correct opinion to hold about Scottish independence is that the Union must stay together. But I’ve been wondering: might not England thrive, freed from the yoke of those whining, kilted leeches?“
James Hall and Emma Rowley, Daily Telegraph, 30 Aug 2011
“The country’s slow growth means that in less than 20 years it will have the same living standards as Korea, Poland and Turkey, which are rapidly catching up with Scotland. The result is that the country will be ‘merely a third world tourist destination’ by 2030.“
Harry Mount, Sunday Times, 1 December 2013:
“Aye — but he also wanted all the oil money,” said the Ghost, “and he didnae want any part of the Sassenach £1.2 trillion debt. He couldnae have all three. So he went for the oil, the mingin’ numpty!”
The ever-fragrant Katie Hopkins, 30 November 2013
Such media coverage, of course, creates the grassroots view:
Bruce Everiss on Scotland, 17 May 2011:
– The Scots cost us English £14 billion a year because of a financial settlement called the Barnett Formula. This is £2,600 we pay annually to the average Scot. They spend it on things like free prescriptions and free university fees. So the Scots get far more from the state, paid for by us English.
– Scotland is a hotbed of the cancer that is socialism. After the last general election they sent to Westminster 41 Labour MPs, 11 Lib Dems, 6 SNPs and just the one Conservative. Get rid of this lot and the whole complexion of Westminster changes vastly for the better. At the moment the Celtic tail wags the English dog, preventing the English from getting the governments that we vote for.
– Racism. A significant number of Scots are anti English racists, I know, I have lived there. They call us white settlers when we live there. Yet far, far more Scots live in England as economic migrants and they don’t get called white settlers here.
– Braveheart, even Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels would have been proud of this totally fictitious piece of Hollywood propaganda. Yet very many Scots are stupid enough to believe it. But then they get most of their history from the fiction of Sir Walter Scott, so this is nothing new.”
Or how about some “celebrity” input, featuring some of Ms Hopkins’ chums?
The public again:
How about an esteemed historian?
Our Lords, Ladies and betters:
The BBC employ expert analysts:
(These last two the worst YouTube syncs ever, sorry.)
And of course there’s always lots of friendly “comedy” banter:
We could list more examples all day, readers, and you know we could. But let’s stop.
Perhaps instead the Daily Mail could conduct some sort of in-depth investigation into why any Scot would ever come to harbour any ill will towards our friends in the south.
In these straitened times, the editor would doubtless be comforted to know that in the difficult search for the causes and culprits, at least the travel expenses would be low.