posted on Dec, 17 2012 @ 01:54 PM
With the recent shootings in America I as a Brit don’t the unthinkable; I created a thread calling for greater gun control.
Now I do not wish to discuss gun control in this thread but rather another issue that it raised regarding us British and how we seem to be
Many times in my debates I came across ignorant and stereotypical statements that went along the lines of this
You English are all the Queens subjects and live in an Orwellian nightmare ruled with a Sharia judicial system
A few points I wish to make, firstly I regard myself as a Scottish BritvI am from Scotland but whenever I have to declare my nationality I always say
I am “British” (Scottish Brit is rarely an option). It is so frustrating when Americans or come to that any people for another country call me and
my fellow countrymen “English” we are not.
Just like we are not all “English” we are not
” we are citizens, there are almost no
true “British subjects” anymore we are all considered citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Brittan and Northern Ireland. The ignorant and snide
remarks of “you are a subject, not a citizen” is hugely offensive it is like you do not recognise us as your equal, like you arrogantly think you
are above us in some way.
What is also somewhat ignorant is you view on our laws, particularly when it comes to this odd believe that we live in a “Orwellian state”. There
are some in the UK who will complain about “big brother” but for the most part the everyday Brit will never complain about it, we don’t mind it.
I for one quite like the fact that there is CCTV at the ATM machine to deter a potential mugger or there is CCTV on a bus to catch out the idiots
abusing the other passengers. There are limits, many parts of a true surveillance society I do not agree with but the point is this, the UK is not a
“Orwellian state” we are free.
The last point, we are not subject to Sharia law, I don’t know how this myth has started but really we are not it’s just factually incorrect I am
the subject of Scottish Law not Sharia law.
Hope that clears a few things up for my cousins form across the pond.
edit on 17-12-2012 by OtherSideOfTheCoin because: (no reason given)