written by|Michael Blair
Tomorrow I shall return to Scotland from a few days in London the capital of the UK. Not that this is something I haven't done before, but having read about and listened to the naysayers and doom mongers, I really shouldn't be anywhere near this hotbed of violence and terrorism.
I tend to go against "popular opinion" in most things I do and have done throughout my life. If someone says danger, I'm already heading off to prove these people wrong.
I'm not saying London doesn't have many problems with crime of all kinds, but from what I've seen at first hand, it appears to be as safe, if not safer to walk around, than many cities and towns in Scotland. Or the People's Republic of Sturgeon, as it seems some people would like it to become.
Unfortunately, there are similarities between, let's say Glasgow and London. The street begging by people who are clearly unwell and young people sleeping rough in shop doorways etcetera are the same.
But in many ways I can understand this happening in London, just because of the sheer number of people living there.
But for a relatively small city like Glasgow, there are no excuses.
The homelessness is a disgrace to a country which is being governed by a political party closer to socialism than in any other part of the UK or the EU.
The resources which Scotland has, should be able to home everyone who wants to live with a roof over their heads, rather than the open sky in winter.
I'm sure there are many more lawless parts of London which I haven't been able to visit, but I have to say, I feel less threatened walking around the centre of the city at night, compared to doing the same thing in Glasgow. I also find people to be more open and friendly, especially in shops and restaurants than in many Scottish cities.
The chips on shoulders seem to have been removed, unlike the huge portions perched on forty percent of the population in Scotland. The attitude of grievance and envy runs deep in the psyche.
I love Scotland. I was born and bred here, but I have to say, I wouldn't shed any tears if I'd had to live elsewhere in the UK or anywhere else for that matter.
I have mentioned the resentment in Scotland toward any fellow Scot who has had the temerity to become well known outside the home country. This attitude isn't only confined to the lucky few who have managed to shake off the shackles of envy.
Even when growing up, I found myself having to dumb myself down, just to fit in with school friends. Deliberately failing exams. Acting like a fool, just to try to get people to say, "he's one of us!"
As a child, I read everything and anything. I knew stuff, but if I was able to answer a question, I was being "a know all". Is it any wonder I dived into a pool of alcohol just to be "the same" as the rest.
Thank God, other countries have more respect for the success of their compatriots.
The Scottish attitude of success of one of their own, is "let's bring him/her down a peg or two. Imagine them thinking they are better than us!"
I don't include all Scots in this category. There are many who are delighted to embrace success, but often they are drowned out by the negative tribes.
If one instance of this phenomenon has stayed with me, it's my late father's response to my having had a few letters published in a couple of newspapers.
When I told him about the letters, his answer wasn't what I expected.
"Did you get paid for writing these letters!" was his first response.
I said no, it was just my opinion on a couple of political issues.
"Dinnae waste yer time!" were his last words on the subject.
This pretty much sums up the attitude of the greater majority of Scots to even an attempt to get noticed or break free.
It's, stay down. Remember your station in life. If by some quirk of fate, one of us gets successful, this might just be tolerated if you stay in Scotland, but if fame or success would take a person outwith the cosy tartan bubble of Scotland, all bets are off.
Traitor is a word often used by Scots to describe another Scot who has found success in another land. I still cannot get my head round this attitude.
Scots who have moved away, have shaped the world as we see it today.
Television. Radio. Telephone. Penicillin. Pneumatic tyres. Banking. The Klu Klux Klan.....oops, we should probably ignore that one, but you get my drift.
These people would not have had the success or support if they had stayed on in some parochial region of the homeland. Huge leaps in technology wouldn't have happened at that time if they hadn't moved elsewhere.
We as a country, need to embrace our successes, not reject them because they have moved away from Scotland.
They are the reason why Scots are welcomed the world over.
They are the reason the rest of the world want to visit Scotland.
They are the real heroes. Not some here today, gone tomorrow, political lightweight.
Remember that and you'll no' go far wrang!