Siol nan Gaidheal
THE SEVEN DEADLY THREATS!
(Unionist Strategy and Siol nan Gaidheal's response)
I remember the late Jackie Stokes writing to me on the subject of 'Divide and Conquer' which is used so successfully by all the Unionist Parties and the Anglo-Saxon Fuehrers to castrate our Nationalist aspirations. This selfsame subject has come up on other discussion groups and I am firmly committed to the view that Siol nan Gaidheal MUST REMAIN a Cultural organisation. There are many other Nationalist groups which are committed to the same goal of defending our Culture, our History, our Music and our native Languages, be they Doric, Lallans, Scots and Gaidhlig. It is my opinion that we should all co-operate more fully together to resist the onslaught of Unionist Lies and Propaganda.
As fast as we build up something, the Unionist lackeys are busy trying to tear the structure down. They have all the advantages; plenty of money, domination of the mass media outlets, and the political clout to make things happen. They have successfully emasculated the SNP and made sure that it can only Bark NOT Bite! On the other hand most Scottish Nationalist groups are holding on by their finger nails to preserve what is left from being subsumed into the culture of the 'little Englanders!'. Nationalists all over the country have kept their ears to the ground and in the past nine months an increasing frequency of extremely worrying reports have been heard about the following seven deadly threats:
Language being used as a cause of Division in the Central belt.
Revision of Scottish History by historians with an Anglo-Saxon bias.
The idea that Scotland is an Ancient kingdom is nothing more than a myth.
Nationalism is narrow minded bigotry, Globalism is the way forward.
Scottish Music and Culture is for Nerds only, not progressive people.
Scottish Tourism is being downplayed in favour of wider so called UK Tourism (English)
The Holyrood Parliament is being used to 'Homogenise' Scotland and England
In the Gaidhealtagh, the reverse is true, the pernicious rumours tell the Gaels that the SNP only pay token lip service to the Gaidhlig Language (UNFORTUNATELY LARGELY TRUE) and that Gaidhlig is better served by supporting the Unionists. Also in the meantime, in the classrooms, Standard English is quietly taking over from Scots. One Senior English Teacher told me that thirty years ago when she started teaching, children had no difficulty understanding Lewis Grassick Gibbon's classic work 'A Scots Quair.' Now children from the most Doric speaking area of Scotland have to have the words explained to them. So, quietly and without fuss, our native Scots tongue is being starved into extinction. Possibly, within two more generations, it will be no more. Once Scots has vanished as the vernacular, what chance has Gaidhlig got?
When my daughter studied Scottish History at Aberdeen University, one particular lecturer from England tried to insist the 'Highland Clearances NEVER Happened!' (Economic migration). Even now, a quick examination of recommended books lists shows that the books have a bias against the Clearances and flatly deny that any Scots were sold into slavery. I have also seen other examples of historical misrepresentation in the history books and materials used in Schools and if teachers protest, then they are quietly disciplined or shuffled off out of the profession.
In the 6th century St. Columba converted the King of the Picts to Christianity. In the 9th century Ceanneth Mor MacAlpin, King of Scots, assimilated the Pictish kingdom into his own. Later on parts of Strathclyde were added and in or about the 10th century the land came to be known as Scotland. The Picts, among whom the Goddodin and Strathclyde Britons were numbered, were extraordinarily cultured and civilised people, with highly advanced artistic abilities and metalworking skills. The Gaels traded extensively with the Pictish people and often intermarried, as the matrilineal rolls of the Pictish rulers reveal. The languages were very similar having a common ancestor and in the 5th and 6th centuries would have had little difficulty understanding each other, thus fulfilling one of the main requirements for nationhood, A COMMON LANGUAGE.
Furthermore there is a widespread media-led conception that Scottish Music and Culture is for nerdy anoraks only, not progressive 'with it' people. It would be true to say that, in Scotland, classical music lovers are better served than Gaidhlig and Folk. There are only two weekly programmes of Gaidhlig (Celtic) Music, half an hour on BBC2 'Tacsi' and Grampian TV half an hour on Sunday 'Ceolraidh'. On the Radio if you are fortunate enough to be in the catchment area you have 'Radio nan Gaidheal', otherwise you have to be content with BBC Radio 4 and Robbie Shepherd's excellent programme. This pandering to the lowest popular common denominator (i.e., what brings the companies most revenue) is not doing our culture and our music any good at all. If the policy is to allow Scottish music and culture to wither on the vine, then they are succeeding. I am certain that this is a deliberate policy to steal our Musical Heritage and Culture and cast it into the garbage can. How can we Scots show the world our unique differences from Anglo-Saxon 'Culture' if we allow it to be trashed?
Scotland as a whole has an excellent reputation for hosting 'alternative' festivals and arts (such as the Edinburgh Alternative Festival, the Aberdeen Festival of Youth, and many held in Glasgow all year round). However, anyone who wants to put on a festival promoting or celebrating traditional Scots culture and way of life is informed that funding is unaccountably scarce (as with many small town festivals which have had to be cancelled due to lack of funds from the tourist board and business, leading to a serious loss of annual tourist income in some cases). This attitude is unacceptable from an industry which is supposed to promote ALL of Scotland, not just the parts of Scotland which fit nicely on a billboard or the top ten hits of the week. The people of Scotland are left with the uncomfortable feeling that only English tourism is being treated seriously (as can be seen from the apparently never-ending supply of cash for everything from Morris dancing to Opera seats). The Government needs to be informed by the Scottish tourism industry itself that this state of affairs cannot and will not continue, and if it is not rectified then they will be deliberately driving large sections of Scotland into unemployment and poverty. The Scottish people themselves need to stand up also and let Blair and his 'babes' know that we will tolerate this unfairness no longer. We are not a subservient slave nation, we are meant to be part of a united kingdom and it is about time we were treated as such.
Now this is not the only case of near identical legislation being pushed through Holyrood and Westminster. So much has transpired under the guise of bringing Scottish and English Law into line with the new European 'Corpus Juris' that the distinctive elements which made the two systems different are almost gone, and English and Scots Law are almost, but not quite, yet the same. Being a suspicious person by nature, and having a great dislike of being sold a load of bullshit, I have come to the following conclusion. The Labour Party majority in the Holyrood Parliament is being used by the British Labour Party (New Toraidhs) to 'Homogenise' Scottish and English Laws and customs to remove the distinctive differences between our two Cultures. This can only be a direct assault on our national identity in order to minimise the effectiveness of the Nationalist voice and swaying Scots into accepting the status quo. What they couldn't achieve through the clearances and massacres of the 18th and 19th century, they are achieving by using their majority in Holyrood as a bulldozer; to steamroller through any legislation which will hamstring Scotland's bid for independence and bring the 'rebellious Scots' finally into line.
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