a reply to: lavatrance
A sentiment I agree with whole heartedly, but if you travel the country you can actually see the difference in people, scot's have strong links to
there Celtic ancestry
(which it has now been proven ethnic English also share in common with the exception of a strong Saxon/German male line, turns out the beautiful
Romano British Celtic woman were too much of a temptation so they married them instead of shipping back to Germany for bride's).
The Welsh are of course Roman Britain's but after 1400 years of having Saxon/Celtic English living next door to the south and Danish/Celtic English
living next door to the north you can forgive them for having a little but of English blood mixed into there gene pool (Welsh is derived from Saxon
for Foreigner - strange twist of history the invaders called the natives foreigners).
The Irish have raided Britain and Vice Versa for as long as these island's have been settled and were in fact themselves invaded by Viking's whom
established kingdom's and founded city's like Limerick so they share a hell of a lot of the same genetic lineage.
The Scot's are a mixture of Pictish Celts, Irish, Dane's and of course they had frequent raids with there border with England and vice versa so yes
they are also heavily related, so your argument carried very well.
The differences though are Tradition's, Culture and History with the English being the undeniable naughty little boy of the bunch for the past 500
years or so, longer in the case of the Welsh, the English persecuted the Welsh terribly and suppressed them, there culture, language and history for a
long time but let me Clarify that IT WAS NOT THE ENGLISH but the NORMAN lord's whom made this happen, so who are the Norman's, they were not actually
French though a large number of Breton and Frankish mercenary's worked for them, indeed there name is the giveaway, Norman is derived from NORSEMEN,
after settling in france though they became something else and about the same time the NORMAN's were persecuting the Welsh they were also Persecuting
the English and tried for nearly 400 years to force the English to speak Norman French, they failed but they did destroy the Dialect of old Norse that
was prevalent in the country until they invaded and what we speak today is a mixture of OLD English and NORMAN French languages.
There are differenced between the nation's of Britian and the Irish but they are very minimal but we do have one thing to be proud of, along with
some of the French our Celtic ancestry is perhaps the last remnant of the non indo European peoples of Europe, Gaelic languages for example are not
from the Indo European language tree like English is, they are in fact more closely related to the Semitic and north African languages.
edit on 12-4-2016 by LABTECH767 because: (no reason given)