Notes From the Northern Colony

Scotland

Prince Philip has died.

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“You want it to be one way, but it’s the other way.”—Marlo Stanfield, The Wire

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I remember my naive bemusement back in 1992, when, with a general election impending, Alasdair Gray published his book Why Scots Should Rule Scotland. I wrote a review of the book in which I said that even though it presented a succinct cultural history of Scotland, it never even mentioned, let alone answered, the question in its title. It took a shamefully long time for me to realise that his vivid description of Scotland was all the answer to the question that was needed.

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In the Holyrood inquiry as to whether Nicola Sturgeon misled parliament, the vote was along party lines, with four SNP members finding that she did not, and the other five — two Tories, one Labour, one Lib Dem and one independent — finding that she did.

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“Fareweel ev'n to the Scottish name”—Burns

Boris Johnson is the Prime Minister of England, and, if you believe in democracy, it is right and fitting that he should be.

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Despite the denial, it's hard to be unaware of death if you pay attention when you walk around Glasgow.

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Outdoor life in Glasgow today was like an enactment of China Mieville's novel The City and the City. But, instead of two different nations in the same place, there is a Glasgow where there is a lockdown because of a pandemic, and a Glasgow where there is no plague, and no such law has passed.

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Mammon The Worship of Mammon by Evelyn De Morgan

The Scottish government has announced that, instead of letting people spread Covid-19 for five days at Christmas as previously planned, it will now only allow it on Christmas Day. This is one day too many, but obviously better than five.

Because of this, some people are complaining that Christmas 2020 has been cancelled.

It has not.

Rampant consumerism and partying have been put on hold (not cancelled either). But neither of those things is Christmas. Christmas will go ahead this year as it always does.

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The Scottish government has not announced any plans to ease the laws against robbery, assault or drunk driving.

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Scotland has become the first country to make free sanitary products available to all, with the Scottish Parliament's unanimous passing of the Period Products (Free Provision) (Scotland) Bill.

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