“Of course, there is still real danger – in the Dug’s articles, the complex evasions of responsibility between Westminster and Holyrood are reduced, preposterously, to a story so moralistic that the goodies and baddies are as simple to identify as Hutus and Tutsis. The Dug’s articles are always as one-sided as a Hutu radio broadcast, although I suspect he would insist that his own one-sidedness has a qualitative difference. I am not so sure – I can picture a gradual lapse into ethnic nationalism.”
Tychy article on 21 October about the Wee Ginger Dug website.
“The reason that Gaelic is a national language pertaining to all of Scotland rests upon two main claims. Firstly there’s the claim that the language was present across virtually all of the territory of modern Scotland. It was once far more widespread territorially than Scots has ever been. But more importantly even than that is the role that the Gaelic language played in the creation of the Scottish nation. The mediaeval Latin word Scotti referred to speakers of Gaelic, and after the Wars of Independence and during the High Middle Ages when the various linguistic and social groups present in the Kingdom of Scotland adopted a Scottish identity, they were making the social statement that they shared a national identity with Gaelic speakers. It is no coincidence that the national myths of Scottish origins, the stories of Dalriada and Fergus Mor MacEarca, the stories of Kenneth Macalpine and his violent dinner party, are all Gaelic stories.”
Article on the Wee Ginger Dug website, a mere four days later, which argues that the pre-modern tongue of Scottish Gaelic should be credited as a national language “for the whole of Scotland.” This is, the Dug states, not because it is a beautiful language, or because it is worthwhile studying Gaelic literature. Instead, he implies, Gaelic ultimately has political use because it wasn’t spoken south of Cumbria, by the other tribe. It henceforth provides an essentialism or a sense of belonging which will prop up a breakaway nation, so that independence will reconnect us all with blood and soil.
Next week on the Wee Ginger Dug: “How Tory cuts and an innate English predisposition to Brexit should not sully our ancient tribal purity”; “Why the claymore is more authentic than the machete”; and “Why Bill Clinton should keep out of Scottish politics.”