Scotland can never be a healthy, modern, independent nation as long as it continues to hold fast to its so-called "Celtic" identity. This is because a modern state is made up of all its contemporary constituencies. If it is not then it becomes an Israel or apartheid era South Africa. Goodness knows what "Celtic" actually means but it is obviously based on biology. This means that any citizen of an independent Scotland who is not biologically "Celtic" will never be a true Scot. 

The Irish do not have this problem to any great extent because they mostly regard themselves as Irish. They got rid of their sectarian temptations when they ditched the Roman Catholic Church recently and are rapidly becoming a healthy, cosmopolitan, modern state, albeit a completely broke one.

The English, more than any other nationality in the British Isles, have learned that harking on about original peoples is always a bad idea. The last time a nation got all proud about being Saxon they ended up starting the Second World War and committing the worst acts of genocide the world has ever known. That war very nearly destroyed us and we have been very wary of patriotism ever since.


WHAT IS SCOTLAND? — 4 Comments

  1. One of the interesting things about genetic testing is finding out how wrong most popular assumptions are about national background.

    In 2006 Bryan Sykes wrote a book “Blood of the Isles” (published in the United States and Canada as “Saxons, Vikings and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland”), that examined the genetic background of people now living on the islands of Great Britain and Ireland.

    His research showed that a big bulk of the people living all over Great Britain and Ireland are genetically descended from people living there in Neolithic times. The probability is that, after the last ice age, these people came up the Atlantic coast from the Iberian peninsula. While these people eventually became Celtic speaking, there is minimial influence of genetic Celtic ancestry from the Continent.

    The Saxon influence is relatively small, even in Southern England. There is a signficant Danish influence in the the English northeast (but still relatively small). The Norman and Roman influences are very small.

    You can get a summary of his book at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Sykes .

    So to paraphrase Paul, by-and-large, you are not Celtic or Saxon, Norman or Danish, but one in Neolithic Iberian ancestry.

    • Which would explain our national desire to go back to our roots in Majorca as often as possible.

      One of the main influences of Vikings in the North East is in our language. I am beginning to wonder if our tribalism is attached to language rather than biology.

  2. Wrong side of Iberia. The proto-British/Irish came from the north coast, where it’s just as rainy and overcast. Now, why they would leave that and go to somewhere just as rainy and overcast but colder is beyond me. They should have gone south to sun and warmth!