posted on Feb, 23 2007 @ 09:06 AM
I live in Scotland and personally detest the idea of a spilt. Alex Salmond turns my stomach every time he is on TV. If there was an annual prize for
smugness, then it would be called 'The Alex Salmond Annual Smug Git Prize for Being Smug'.
I have pondered posting a topic very similar to this on a previous occasion, but decided against it due to a side issue on the matter which is rather
controversial. It is that of religious sectarianism in Scotland.
You see, the great working class in Scotland is divided by differences in the Christian faith. One half Protestant, and the other half Catholic. I
believe some of this is attributed to immigration from Ireland in times yore. Now, you have to remember that there is a great deal of shallow people
out there and it doesn't get any shallower than this...
The following is a generalisation, but is unfortunatley representative of a great many men and women in Scotland and it is REALLY difficult to
Many of the Catholic half are historic immigrants from Ireland, and continue to associate themselves with Ireland through representation of the Irish
flag on football tops and at football matches (60,000 go to Celtic Park every week). When on holiday in Spain, have a look around at the people
wearing Irish tops. Half of them will be Scottish. There is a general distaste of the union from this half.
The protestant half are historic Scots, and seem to favour the union and Britishness to a much higher Degree. Visit Ibrox, the home of football team
Glasgow Rangers, and there are Union Flags everywhere. Unfortunately, a portion of this half has become embroiled in the politics of Northern Ireland
with some choosing to become Orangemen and the like. Legislation from the devolved government recently banned sectarian singing at football
I believe SminkeyPinkey resides in Northern Ireland, so he could probably give way more depth to the situation than I could.
This generalistaion does not apply to everybody in the country, but there is a huge population out there who base their political opinion on the
jungle fever of their clan. I live and work in the area where it is at its worst, and it is very real. People are regularly stabbed, slashed, beat
upon and even murdered for no reason other than their religion. And most of them won't even go to church!!!
Now, it sounds petty and it is. I have political conversations with many workmates, and I have to say that Catholics in general have a real distaste
of Britishness. To my knowledge, this is not apparent in England or Wales.
There. I said it. My own country is the most politically shallow developed nation in the world. Until this retarded nonsense is eradicated, there
will always be a threat to the union.