This Is What They’re Asking in England – Why Have We Scots Been So Obedient to the State?

This Is What They’re Asking in England – Why Have We Scots Been So Obedient to the State?

From The Daily Sceptic…

We’re publishing a guest post today by two Scottish academics, Professor Roger Watson and Dr. Niall McCrae, about why the Scots have proved so willing to comply with the SNP’s draconian Covid restrictions. Their unprotesting acceptance of the cancellation of Hogmanay is particularly mystifying given that the latest data suggests only one Omicron patient has been admitted to intensive care in Scotland.

Hogmanay has always been a special night in the Scottish calendar. But looking forward to ‘the bells’ at a Glasgow bar, dozens of revellers were taken aback by the sudden arrival of a troop of police officers. The Avant Garde bar was known to be relaxed on Covid restrictions, and the police had apparently been tipped off that a couple had taken to the dance floor. Six vans arrived, and the ensuing scenes (later reported by the mainstream media but only after going viral on Twitter) showed that in Sturgeon’s Scotland the priority is not protecting public health but ensuring full compliance with the draconian rules. As in the film Footloose, set in a religiously rigid American town, dancing is considered a danger to public order.

How did Scotland become such an oppressive society? This, we believe, is rooted in two potent forces: first, the engrained sense of subjugation (actual or perceived) by the English; and secondly by a predilection to Calvinist discipline.

Scots, especially SNP voters, tend to see the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 as the defining point of Scottish history. This is reflected in that dreadful dirge Flower of Scotland that passes for a national anthem. But perhaps the defining moment in Scottish history was much later in 1746 when, in less than an hour, the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was wiped from the battlefield at Culloden. As the muskets cooled, with the smoke from the campfires still rising from the encampments, the largely English troops slaughtered the wounded and chased the rest to ground and summary execution. Highland dress was banned and the powerful clan structure was dismantled.

Soon a prolonged genocide took place as the Highlanders – and many Lowlanders – were driven from their crofts to make way for sheep farming. As in the Oklahoma dust storms depicted in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath, great swaths of Scotland became infertile for crops and rural dwellers fled by the tens of thousands to North America. Although not quite as devastating as the Irish potato famine, Scotland has never fully recovered from this experience.

Then the religious habit of the Scots is interesting. Back in 1562 Calvinism was made the official state religion, leading to the Protestant work ethic that made Scotland so prominent in the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire. But it also brought God-fearing puritanism. King James VI of Scotland – baptised a Catholic but turned to Presbyterianism – was obsessed with the threat of witchcraft, writing a treatise Demonology and persuading educated people that dark forces lurked everywhere. After accession to the British throne, he passed a law in 1604 stiffening punishment for witches. He was keen on the drowning test, whereby the woman was guilty if she survived.

An important development was the Free Church, which split from the Church of Scotland in 1843 and swept across the highlands and islands. A good illustration of the severity of the ‘Wee Free’ was in the remote island of St Kilda, where the small community was under the spiritual guidance of Reverend John Mackay. As noted by Charles Maclean in his book St Kilda: Island on the Edge of the World:

Shortly after his arrival on the island in 1865 he established a vibrantly harsh rule over his parishioners. Services on Sunday at eleven, two and six o’clock were made to last from two to three hours each. Mackay preached long, repetitious sermons in Gaelic, which invariably included the same message of hell-fire and eternal damnation to all sinners. Complete attention was demanded throughout these dim effusions. Children were brought to church from the age of two and trained to keep absolutely still and silent.

At least the children were not masked, as they have been for nearly two years in the Scottish Covid regime. The Sabbath was strictly observed as a day of nothing but worship. No work was permitted. Also strictly forbidden from Saturday evening to Monday morning were conversations between islanders, singing and whistling. This culture is reflected in the award-winning novel His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet, set in the highlands in the 19th century, where church on Sunday was a reprieve from the battened hatches in the ‘black months’ of winter.

Some of this may be explained by remoteness and hardship. But the Scots, in contrast with the more permissive society south of the border, are a rule-bound people who seem to like policing themselves. Do something mundane like drink beer on a park bench, and someone might admonish you: “You cannae dae that!” (unless you’re in a carriage full of football fans, which nobody would dare interrupt). Until recently the ferries from the mainland to the Hebrides stopped on Sundays, to the detriment of the tourist trade. Scots also have a remarkable ability to scythe the tall poppies. No matter what someone’s achievements in life, a dissenter is always within earshot to announce: “Aye, but I kent his faither,” implying that nobody is allowed to be really different.

One of us (NM) wrote Echoes from the Corridors, a history of the mental hospitals in Britain, and found a distinct difference between the asylums of Scotland and England in the Victorian era. In the latter, the harsh conditions were alleviated by weekly dances and beer at every meal, but Scottish institutions were much stricter. Alcohol was banned, and like the current government’s dislike of anyone letting their hair down, a sign on the wall of the main hall at Murray Royal Asylum in Perth stated:

No attendant, servant or other officer, shall dance with any other attendant, servant or officer.

It is sometimes hard to believe that Scotland was the seat of the Enlightenment and had an education system that was the envy of the world. Scotland has punched well above its weight on the international stage for centuries with Scottish scientists, inventors and engineers such as John Logie Baird, Graham Bell, James Watt, Alexander Fleming and others making notable contributions to progress and the well-being of humanity. But those days are over, and the Scottish education system has gone the way of the rest of the U.K. Before one of us (RW) left Scotland in 1999 he chaired the local Catholic primary school board but found that it was impossible to resist the educational dogma of the Scottish Assembly in Edinburgh, with astonishing obedience and kow-towing by educators to the whims of their political masters – long before the SNP took control.

The Covid pandemic was just the opportunity that the SNP required. Nicola Sturgeon exploited the virus for nationalistic fervour and issued a massive virtue signal: “Look at us, we care about each other, not like the callous English.” The Scottish media seems to live in fear of the SNP and has been remarkably uncritical and compliant throughout its reign, particularly during the pandemic. Scotland also has a highly politicised police force ready to do the bidding of the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon was given a remarkable amount of airtime to browbeat the Scots into submission and advertise her moral superiority. To ensure that she is not challenged by any contrary experts she relies on the photogenic but medically vacuous ‘expert in global health’ Professor Devi Sridhar for covid panegyrics.

We cannot quite fully explain why our former compatriots have rolled over so readily in the wake of COVID-19. But they have, and Nicola Sturgeon continues to take advantage. As we write, Covid-related restrictions – in common with those other Celtic fringes Wales and Northern Ireland – are much stricter than in England with no end in sight. After thousands of Scots crossed the border to celebrate New Year to enjoy an atmosphere at odds with their stifled homeland, Professor Leitch, Scotland’s National Clinical Director, called for even tighter restrictions and Professor Sridhar, from the comfort of her well-appointed domicile, reinforced the new normal of doom and gloom.

It is customary for us Scots to give le mot juste to our national poet Rabbie Burns.

O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion.    Source – The Daily Sceptic   

Editor writes…

The key question missing from the above analysis is why have  the prelates and priests of the Catholic Church in Scotland been so obedient to the Scottish Government, led by an atheist with clear Marxist tendencies. Why?  Will they dare to wear poppies next November?

Comments (30)

  • crofterlady Reply

    Having read this linked article I’m hoping this is the beginning of the end for the lying, murderous tyrants!

    https://rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/what-if-the-largest-experiment-on

    January 4, 2022 at 11:31 am
    • Lily Reply

      Crofterlady,

      I agree – there has to be an accountability programme sometime for all the lies we’ve been told, the ruined lives.

      I saw someone on one of the GB News reports saying that kids who began school in Year 7 (first year of secondary in England) are now facing prep work for GCSE with hardly any in-person lessons and then university by zoom. Someone will have to pay for this and the sooner the better IMHO.

      January 4, 2022 at 1:26 pm
    • Bernie Reply

      Crofterlady,

      I’d like to know how those figures in the USA compare with deaths reported through insurance companies in the UK. Those are stunning figures for deaths of working age people, since Covid struck. Your description of “murderous tyrants” is right.

      January 4, 2022 at 4:13 pm
    • RCAVictor Reply

      Crofterlady et al,

      Here’s a video about “mass formation psychosis,” clearly at work throughout the Western world. Speakers include Dr. Malone, Dr. McCullough:

      https://rumble.com/vrxr3n-tpc-653-dr.-mattias-desmet-dr.-robert-malone-dr.-peter-mccullough-mass-form.html

      January 5, 2022 at 4:01 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        I’m looking forward to that conversation about psychosis – but I’m still puzzled about Dr Robert Malone, after seeing his interview with Neil Oliver when he actually encouraged everyone to be vaccinated, except children. I’ve not had time to study his timeline, so I’m not sure when (if?) he’s had a genuine conversation experience, but, until I can work it out, I’m taking everything he says with a huge pinch of salt.

        January 5, 2022 at 6:58 pm
  • Marc Reply

    Editor,

    Who wrote this piece?

    January 4, 2022 at 12:57 pm
    • Lily Reply

      Marc,

      Toby Young wrote it. It always gives the author at the end of the Daily Sceptic articles. EG By Toby Young / 3 January 2022 • 17.45

      But it says at the start that it was written by two Scottish academics, Professor Roger Watson and Dr. Niall McCrae.

      So you pays your money and takes your pick, LOL!

      January 4, 2022 at 1:21 pm
      • Marc

        Lily,

        Thank you

        January 4, 2022 at 2:01 pm
  • Lily Reply

    I’m now a fan of Laura Perrins!

    January 4, 2022 at 4:09 pm
    • editor Reply

      Lily,

      thanks for that – I’ve seen Laura on a few shows and she’s always very good.

      I scrolled some of the comments and at least one person claims there is documentation to prove they plan to keep this going until 2025. Personally, I think 2028 or 2029 is more likely.

      January 4, 2022 at 4:59 pm
  • editor Reply

    Here’s a question from me to my friends in England – I’ve just stumbled across Boris’s latest live press conference and suffered it until the first two questions were asked – both of them asking when it will be likely that TIGHTER restrictions will be introduced to deal with Omicron. First question from a man called David, and the second from Hugh Pym of the BBC…

    My question – “exactly when did you get to be so stupid and is there a cure? “

    January 4, 2022 at 5:24 pm
  • Josephine Reply

    It is mystery as to why the Scots are being so compliant. It’s beyond belief, really.

    January 4, 2022 at 6:38 pm
  • editor Reply

    The scoundrel Swinney has been caught manipulating the data – no surprise, there.
    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/uknews/nicola-sturgeon-s-deputy-twisting-data-to-justify-scotland-s-strict-covid-rules/ar-AASqHat?ocid=msedgntp

    January 4, 2022 at 10:55 pm
    • Faith of Our Fathers Reply

      ED first off to your question of Why will No Catholic Bishop Especially question Sturgeon is am pretty Sure most of them ( if not all ) Voted for This Horrible Female. Unfortunately Scots have a Bad % Of turning out to Vote and this is what we are Left With.
      A Political Party with absolutely no Principles or Integrity. Although I also had no time for Alex Salmond the way He was treated with Lies from The Sturgeons was deplorable. But as you say the M.S.M. seems to give Sturgeon more leeway than most.
      Going back to the above piece lots of the Main Ingredient to me is missing.
      The Main Reasons that the Redcoats Massacred and displaced the Highland Clans was because most of them were Staunchly Catholic. This is also one of Scotlands Shame that the Massacre of Glencoe for example was put down to them wanting a Scottish King. No it was because the Highland Clans wanted a Catholic King.
      As for the Wee Frees I had a little run in with them in Inverness on a Sunday in 1973 . They verbally attacked me as I was walking back to the Hotel I was staying in . I had a Sunday Newspaper and they ranted on about the Filth that was in it . BTW it was The Sunday Post which back then was a thoroughly Protestant Newspaper. My God you would have thought by their attitude towards me that it was a Pornographic Magazine.

      January 5, 2022 at 5:54 pm
  • Theresa Rose Reply

    Nicola Sturgeon, I think would have Scotland living under “tight restrictions” on a permanent basis, no matter what. A pity we do not have the likes of Sir Desmond Swayne who argues against such restrictions.

    January 5, 2022 at 10:03 am
    • editor Reply

      Theresa Rose,

      Agreed. Nicola Sturgeon is to give one of her Emmy Award performances this afternoon at 2pm so we’ll see what new nuggets she has lying in wait for us.

      January 5, 2022 at 10:18 am
      • Laura

        Editor,

        There really isn’t anything “new” she can do, so I’m guessing it’ll be more of the same, ramped up.

        It won’t end until we say it’s ended. As long as people wear masks and obey the rules, this will go on.

        January 5, 2022 at 11:24 am
    • Lily Reply

      Theresa Rose,

      Sir Desmond Swayne is marvellous. He doesn’t seem to care that he is going against the popular position. He is a man of great integrity, IMHO.

      January 5, 2022 at 11:38 am
  • crofterlady Reply

    There seems to be quite a bit of push back against vacine mandates in the USA ;

    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/mrna-pioneer-announces-major-dc-protest-against-covid-vaccine-mandates/

    January 5, 2022 at 3:58 pm
  • crofterlady Reply January 5, 2022 at 4:24 pm
    • Lily Reply

      Crofterlady,

      I’m very wary of anything that’s put on infowars. Alex Jones is not a very reliable source IMHO.

      This news is shocking – The Daily Record put question on its Facebook page which has caused a backlash, I’m glad to say. The only source I can find, is this one from Israel! https://www.israelnationalnews.com/news/319979

      January 6, 2022 at 11:49 am
      • crofterlady

        Lily, I agree with you but, if big tech is taking the doctor down, he will probably appear on ANY forum which will allow him to air what’s going on. I’m also reading similar articles about / by him on both Lifesite News and The Epoch Times.

        January 6, 2022 at 4:19 pm
  • RCAVictor Reply

    Judging from the comments in response to this Scottish newspaper’s question, there might be hope for ye Auld Picts after all:

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/01/covid-insanity-scottish-newspaper-asks-readers-covid-internment-camps-introduced/

    January 6, 2022 at 4:24 pm
  • Helen Reply

    Is there an Octave to the Epiphany? Is the Friday after the Epiphany a day of absistence from meat?

    Thanks in advance!

    January 6, 2022 at 4:53 pm
  • editor Reply

    This is an excellent article, sadly detailing why the majority of Scots are nothing more than “Sturgeon’s poodles”.
    https://www.conservativewoman.co.uk/afraid-to-say-boo-to-a-sturgeon/

    January 13, 2022 at 9:14 am
    • Josephine Reply

      That is a terrific article. I copied this, because it summarises Sturgeon perfectly, IMHO:

      To describe the opposition in Holyrood as feeble is charitable. Scottish Conservatives under Douglas Ross are little more than pale blue Lib Dems, and Labour have never recovered their nerve after the shellacking they received for taking the electorate for granted. It is best to pass over the Lib Dems, the political equivalent of Harry Enfield’s ‘Tim Nice but Dim’. The Greens have traded what little soul they have for a place in Nicola’s cabinet. To quote Nicola Sturgeon, ‘Effective opposition matters in a democracy, but that is not what we have in Scotland.’ She got it spot on.

      The sooner they have indyref2 and get a drubbing, the better. Then we might see a change of government at Holyrood.

      January 13, 2022 at 11:00 am

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