Siol nan Gaidheal

Siol nan Gaidheal perceives the remaining natural environment and the areas which we maintain as ancillary to the built environment as a holistic entity which should serve above all as a positive context for cultural activity of all notional dynamics; that is conducive to recreation in its root sense and consequently, to psychological and physical well-being.

Sadly, in no other dynamic area of our culture is there less resonance with an indigenous aesthetic sense than this. The condition of our environment, urban and rural, speaks of the neglect and degeneration which, everywhere, typifies the exploited colonial satellite.

Whilst our cities serve as home for the majority of our people, only scant portions of these offer a valid and positive reflection of our culture. To a larger extent still and given that we have not enjoyed community control over the construction of our urban environment, facets of this continue to negatively inform our healthy cultural development. This must change. From the time of the first capitalist entrepreneurs establishing the conventions of our current urban settlement patterns, through the era of the ‘nae-brain-Labour’ municipal concrete jungles, we have been disenfranchised from the managment and tenure of our own land and its myriad natural resources. We are therefore overdue for emergence into a fresh beginning of individual home ownership throughout our national territory as integral to popular possession of the entire "national ecosystem", complete with the sense of balanced rights and responsibilities which all of this would serve to engender.

Pollution and vandalism, we perceive primarily as cultural affrontery. It is in keeping with our conceptualisation of culture that we extend respect and a sense of balance to our whole environment, representing as it does, the sacred homeland which has nurtured us since our beginnings as a nation; and most pointedly since we have now come to an understanding of the finite parameters of such a resource.

It should be as much our joy to share our beautiful land with visitors who come to refresh themselves by holidaying among us, as it should be our determination to remove and to exclude the excess dregs of our less favourably endowed neighbour—and most especially since historic crimes perpetrated by that self same consummate enemy have fostered such opportunity. From an ethnic Scottish perspective, foreigners own the rest of the world—no foreigners may own Scotland.

‘The rose of all the world is not for us. For our part we wish only the little white rose of Scotland that smells sweet and sharp and breaks the heart’—and we mean to have it!

In terms of environmental diversity, we advance a notion of sharing this sacred land with as many of the indigenous species, which were extant here upon our arrival, as would be at all possible. There is a pressing need for a fresh attitude on our part regarding our environment and in the matter of prioritising of expenditures. Our land, sea and air and the biodiversity fostered therein are not optional areas of concern and policy making. Nor can ignorance and urban-myth-making about the supposed wilderness and its "quite wild enough thank you" emptiness be allowed to prevail over efforts to regenerate native diversity as a spiritual, cultural and economic asset to our country. For example, consider a thousand hands wrung in ill-informed grief at the idea of a few packs of wolves living in our remote mountain fastnesses when, in terms of pertinent resources, Edinburgh City Centre alone can comfortably support the equivalent of ten packs in its population of canine outcasts, not one of which realises the integrity of proud independence or enjoys the ennoblement of such flawless pedigree. Nor are pavements in any way nourished to the extent that they might be in wild country, by the obvious signals of their presence.

Additionally, even to this day, and although none remain in the countryside, there are reputed to be more "bears" out in Glasgow after dark than anywhere else in Europe, outside of Russia...

Such apocryphal considerations being as they may, all of this concerns the ending of the present unremitting utilitarian, extractive and profit-driven agenda of those currently entrusted with "custody" of our natural environment. Sensitive exploitation of renewable resources is of course not to be condemned per se. Permanent new forests of indigenous trees and commercial crops of timber will both find a place in our postulated diverse and living countryside, providing primary raw materials, sustainable jobs and a vibrant environment for a rural population who in many cases currently require to snivel for their employment after a transient aristocracy of congenital idiot non-entities well-starred enough to have inherited a fortune in cash, a biscuit factory or a distillery; or lucky enough to have patented a tacky children's toy, mimed their way clumsily through a string of hit singles on ‘Top of the Pops’ or risen to become the English Monarchy’s favourite risqué court jester and sycophant.

Siol nan Gaidheal would deprive all of these individuals of everything, in favour of our own dispossessed people and in favour of a biodiversity which the ‘red-deer-tunnel-vision’ of the former makes impossible. We consider the confiscation of rural estates to be long overdue, ‘unfinished business’ as it were and the return to native biodiversity to be its obvious complement.

We consider the achievement of such biodiversity to be morally prerequisite upon any truly civilised human society. It may also be that the current politically correct platitudes anent diversity are in reality constructed upon the shaky foundations of an entirely anthropocentric worldview, whereas a wider perspective and a deeper understanding of our veritable worth in relation to nature would yield a greater return for this beleaguered planet, of which Scotland is a self-evident stakeholder.

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