Thursday, 6 January 2011

'Blood and bone' nationalism from Salmond.

Over at Nationalist Mythbusting sm753 is in great form dissecting Alex Salmond's claims to 'civic nationalism'.  After donating water during the recent crisis, Salmond explained that the Scottish executive was helping out because 'they' (that is us - the Northern Irish) are "blood of our blood, bone of our bone".

There are two ways of looking at this statement.  sm753 is interested in the unrepentant 'blood and soil' ethnic nationalism which informs Salmond's choice of words.  At Unionist Lite O'Neill notes that the inter-connectedness of the United Kingdom's peoples is something which nationalists more often attempt to ignore.  The emphasis is usually on difference, rather than similarity.

Either way, it would be churlish not to acknowledge an act of generosity on the part of the authorities in Edinburgh.  The supplies were no doubt badly needed.

Sadly NIW, out of cack-handed incompetence, did not avail of all the help to which it was entitled.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You were doing OK until I read sm753 and then you lost me.

His blog is the most petty bitter obsessed wee pile of keech ever seen on the blogosphere, it should be renamed Unionist Straw Grasping.

Instead of congratulating Alex Salmond, you try and make cheap nasty political capital, the kind that unionism is famous for.

K D Tennent said...

Its clear that in sm753's case, people that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. That sort of stuff gives unionism a bad name.

sm753 said...

"K D Tennent said...

Its clear that in sm753's case, people that live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."

How so?