Professor Alf Baird’s Doun-hauden shows what makes a Scottish national

I have always hated the term “cultural cringe” because I thought it was inadequate to describe a Scottish state of mind. There is a tinge of inferiority and apology as most Scots take fierce pride in being Scots. It seemed to me to be a construction of the “talkative classes”.

It was therefore a great pleasure to read Professor Alf Baird’s series of plays from his book Doun-hauden. If readers haven’t followed the “Determinants of Independence” articles published by bloggers Iain Lawson and Grousebeater, they should do so immediately.

What is on offer is a wonderful analysis of present day Scotland examining key concepts that have so far been falsely measured, analyzed and obscured by commentators and academics with little clue as to what was being examined. “Internal colonialism,” “the undue influence of the settlers,” and the “petrification” of national leadership in the struggle for independence are some of the concepts discussed and developed.

The great Alasdair Gray was wrongly attacked as a racist when he attempted to address the phenomenon of the undue influence of “settler” views on Scottish intellectual life. to respected international organizations like the United Nations.

READ MORE: Alasdair Gray: Scotland’s closest to our own Leonardo da Vinci

It is difficult in a dependent Scotland to decide who is a Scottish national. The persons entitled to national citizenship will not be determined until after independence.

An analysis of the voting rights issue in the 2014 independence referendum shows the inclusion of many such as students, not born in Scotland with a superficial understanding of Scottish culture and language and exclusion Scots overseas who have that ‘Scots’ feeling. Professor Baird stresses the need to address such irregularities in the future, citing a recent UN-sponsored franchise in New Caledonia that included secondary qualifications such as “length of residence”.

Maggie Chetty
Glasgow

IN letters from August 17 (Scottish oil has been stolen – we must act to protect our natural resources), Susan FG Forde made very valid points, including the theft of Scottish oil, the elimination of our surplus energy natural in the form of wind, tidal and wave energy and the additional costs imposed on it to enter the network. This will not be mentioned at COP26 but will be included as “Britain’s contribution to reducing global warming”!

But what stands out are Susan’s remarks about the potential future Scottish water theft.

READ MORE: Scottish oil has been stolen – we must act to protect our natural resources

As we enter a period of global warming and global change in rainfall patterns, England is increasingly suffering from severe water shortages, especially in the densely populated South East. A prime example of their solution to this problem can be found in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when they solved shortages in the industrial Midlands by “taking” water from Wales. However, the scarcity of water and the increasing frequency of water shortages in the South East will lead to their need for much greater solutions – a water network from which they can draw limitless amounts.

Such a thought was promoted in the early 1990s. A grid was proposed to the convention of hydraulic engineers, and its source !? Yes, you guessed it – Scotland.

Yet no one in the Scottish government seems to know or prepare for it. And do you think England intends to pay the Scottish people? Dream. When the need arises, which will be sooner than you think, such a program will run exactly as it did in the early years of oil development without considering how or what effect it will have on the local population and no payment will be made. unless they are forced by an independent Scotland.

Originally, all licenses to explore, plan and produce hydrocarbons in Scotland and Scottish waters were under the then Scottish Board.

However, once the presence of oil was detected, Westminster quickly transferred responsibility for licensing and oil extraction to London. Only an independent Scotland can properly control its resources.

Paul Gillon
Leven

IN Scotland, who wins the battle between magical thinking and reality? The scores are there. On August 19, Scotland recorded 3,000 new Covid infections. The next day, 3,000 more, with nine new deaths. The next day, 3,000 more, with three new deaths.

This is a 134% increase since Friday 13. Most restrictions ended two days before that. We’re still supposed to wear masks in indoor public spaces, but many don’t. In stores, it is common to see customers and staff exposed.

If we are scared of these numbers, we may feel better going to bars, making our mouth water, and then going to clubs where we can dance on a crowded dance floor, without a mask.

Greum Maol Stevenson
Glasgow