the masked man wrote:Have you read the Daily Mail? It trades in nothing other than fear, and it's the best selling newspaper in Britain. And, I don't know if you've noticed, but Britain voted for Brexit, an idea entirely predicated on the idea that foreigners are bad.
Far be it from me to defend the Daily Mail but it's a narrow view of its appeal I think. The notion that Brexit is entirely predicated on xenophobia is simply not true. You're just repeating some simple minded rote like interpretation of a complex situation in an attempt to paint Britain with your usual unflattering colours.
Also, Dougie, I grew in Scotland and suffered constant anti-English racism. The SNP, who encouraged this culture, are now the most popular party in Scotland. So I've experienced this fear of 'the other' at first hand.
Anti-English sentiment exists of course but kids will pick on anybody who is superficially different as well and any excuse will do. One of my best mates was born in England and moved to Fife as a kid and suffered bullying like you did so I'm dismissive of it at all but I also know English people like my girlfriend and several mates who have settled in Scotland as adults and experienced no problems at all. I also understand that Edinburgh is Edinburgh and maybe different to other parts of Scotland but still. I am no fan of the SNP but I don't believe they encourage anti-English feeling/culture, anti-Westminster, yes and you could construe that as one and the same thing but they aren't. They are happy to exploit simple minded nationalism though which, undoubtedly, contains elements of this - how can it not? - but they have also been vocal in condemning bigotry and prejudice and my experience of SNP supporters (I have several as mates) is that they are generally left leaning "progressive" types.
I'd turn this question back on you both. Why do you think Britain is harmonious? What evidence do you have? It has a history of civil wars, constant unrest and riots. This is not a country at ease with itself.
Well it's all relative. What's this constant unrest and riots you speak of? Any country as multi-cultural as modern Britain will have issues of course, how can it not. Look at America or Germany or other parts of Europe such as Austria or Italy and I would argue that we do live in relative harmony and using the popularity of the far right as a barometer I think we clearly have less problems than some. I actually believe that despite our issues Britain has actually handled multi-culturalism better than most and that many communities have successfully integrated and are now firmly part of the rich tapestry of modern Britain. Yes we still have some way to go of course as this is a constant process but still....
The world is going through a stupid period and Britain is not immune from this and I find the Scottish independence movement understandable but also depressing - I voted No by the way and would do the same again - but, like I said, the world is going through a tumultuous period of change and disorder and that's the way things are. At moments like this I think it's important to have some perspective too.