The ugly truth about British nationalism

The ugly truth about British nationalism — Wee Ginger Dug

This doesn’t come out of nowhere. We had British nationalist fascist thugs sending bullets and parcel bombs through the post in 2011. We had threats to journalists writing about their beloved fitba club in 2012.

We had British nationalist fascist thugs attacking peaceful independence supporters in 2014. We had British nationalist fascist thugs attacking Irish republicans in 2019.

And in 2020 we have seen British nationalist fascist thugs run rampage in the centre of Glasgow, because they know that they’ve got away with it before, and they’re convinced they’ll get away with it again. For far too long the authorities in Scotland have appeased them, covered up for them, tried to blame ‘both sides’ when it’s only British nationalists fascist thugs who are guilty of violence.

And for generations we’ve had institutionalised anti-Irish racism masking itself as sectarianism, as a problem for the fitba, as a problem for the West Coast.

Yet again British nationalist fascist thugs have rioted in the centre of Glasgow, and yet again we see the intimate connection between racism, anti-Catholic bigotry, so-called loyalism, and British nationalism. And yet again the Conservative party in Scotland is conspicuous by its silence. For all the hand wringing about the independence movement, Scotland’s racism is tightly bound up with British imperialism. For far too long the media and establishment in Scotland have turned a blind eye to Scotland’s problem with British nationalism. It’s time that ended

The ugly truth about British nationalism — Wee Ginger Dug

And generation after generation, year after year, it goes on and it goes on because the media and authorities in Scotland are too afraid to call this out for what it is. This is not a Scottish problem. This is not an Irish problem. This is a problem with British nationalism and its violent entitlement.

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Let’s be clear. The violence in George Square is not Scotland’s shame. This is a problem which belongs to British nationalism in Scotland. This is a British problem. Britishness owns it. Sectarianism and racism are a disease of British nationalism. Rule Britannia is the song that they chant while they’re kicking our heads in.

The union flag is the flag they fly to tell us that we don’t belong. You don’t need to scratch British nationalism deeply in order to expose it as an ideology of exclusion, of supremacy, of exceptionalism, of hatred. It’s entirely a property of British nationalism. Hatred in Scotland wears red white and blue. Bigotry waves the union flag. Racism sings God Save the Queen.

Let’s be clear. This is not as you will see or hear in the woefully complicit Scottish media “clashes between rival protesters”. This is British nationalist fascist thugs attacking peaceful law-abiding people who disagree with them. This is a violent assault by British nationalists defending what it pleases them to call the Union.

There is no moral equivalence here. There is only British nationalist fascist thugs and their innocent victims. One side organised a peaceful gathering in support of the rights of vulnerable people, the other side turned up purely to attack them.

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For generations, racist and sectarian bile has been spewed on football terraces, during the Orange Order’s hate fests, in sports clubs, in pubs and clubs, and it has largely been ignored by the police. It’s long past time that the law in Scotland adopted a zero tolerance policy towards Britain’s racism problem in Scotland.

Bigotry is not culture. Hatred is not culture. Screaming anti-Catholic abuse outside a Catholic church while children making their First Communions cower inside is not culture. British nationalist fascism isn’t culture. It’s the naked display of British exceptionalism. It’s the naked display of violent power. It’s the naked display by supporters of the British state of what they will wreak upon anyone who dares to challenge them.

We have a Scottish media which for far too long has appeased fascism, because that’s exactly what it is when the BBC publishes a story about the events of this evening titled “Police intervene amid rival protests in Glasgow.”

There were no rival protests. The police were not standing between two angry baying mobs. The police were being attacked by fascists who were hell bent on attacking any innocent pedestrian whom they suspected to be ‘other’, to be not properly British, to be a ‘fenian’, to be black. A media that doesn’t call that out for exactly what it is is a media that enables fascism, that is complicit in fascism, that appeases fascism.

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The BBC in Scotland is an absolute disgrace, carrying on in the grand old tradition of framing British nationalist thuggery as rival protests, as anything but what it is – a sickness that runs right to the very heart of British nationalism in Scotland, that same British nationalism that the BBC so assiduously promotes.

The Scottish Conservatives are an absolute disgrace. For years their politicians have dog whistled on social media about the “Queen’s 11”. They’ve happily stoked the hatred of the far right British nationalist mob with their constant demonisation of independence supporters.

\And now that British nationalist mob runs riot, for the second time this week, in the streets of Glasgow and they say nothing.

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Nothing to do with me, guv, is the Tory response. How dare you tar me with that brush, is the response of British nationalists in the Labour party. Well this is your problem. This is your side. You are responsible for this mess. Did you see it? Did you see what went on in the centre of Glasgow?

That’s what British nationalism looks like in the raw. Fix it. Fix it now. Do something. Speak out. Because if you don’t you’re every bit as bad as those who throw punches in the street while screaming about about tarriers and fenians.

And yes, I am fucking angry. Yes, I am raging. When I was a kid, many decades ago, I cowered in terror in a Catholic church while British nationalist fascist bigots banged their big drum and bellowed songs of hatred outside.

And here we are, in 2020, and those same British nationalist bigots are running amok in our streets and in our communities, terrifying and intimidating anyone whom they perceive to be a threat to the ascendancy of British rule – migrants, people of colour, Catholics, Irish people, independence supporters.

\ Our toleration for them ends today. It’s time they went to jail. It’s time we called them what they are – British nationalist fascist thugs.

It’s only a matter of time before those same far right British nationalist fascist thugs attack a yes rally, and then the Scottish media and British nationalist politicians will rub their hands with glee and blame the independence movement for creating division.

by weegingerdug

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59 comments on “The ugly truth about British nationalism”

  1. Angry Weegie says: June 18, 2020 at 12:42 am Reblogged this on Angry Weegie and commented:
    Wee Ginger Dug is rightly angry about yesterday’s events in George Square, the lack of action by the authorities and the lack Reply
  2. benmadigan says: June 18, 2020 at 12:45 am stunning exposé this evening Paul. Well said! long needed saying! Reply
  3. grizebard says: June 18, 2020 at 12:49 am Apologies for the repeat – I posted this response at the tail end of the previous thread – but it does seem particularly apposite here, so here goes: It is a sign that the BritNats are getting very unhappy with the way things are going in Scotland. All that example of shining leadership, getting all that unfortunate exposure on the BBC without being abruptly cut off or Sarah Smith and Glenn Campbell being able to “mediasplain” it all away. So the latest response comes from the blackshirts, long kept on a tight leash (apart from that little moment of “exuberance” on IR1 night) for fear it would alert too many “soft-no’s” to the reality of who their real “friends” were. Now trying to put on the frighteners instead with this lame excuse to “defend statues” that nobody but them cares a flying fart about. This is a naked attempt to escalate the “Ulsterisation” threat. But it reveals who these people truly are. No doubt we’ll be getting condemnation by the usual opposition suspects before too long. (cough) Reply
    • grumpydubai says: June 18, 2020 at 9:15 am WGD’s closing point on possible repercussions in regard to YES marches and your final paragraph are too apocryphal and is probably what the British State organisations are working towards, in order to clamp down on us cancelling the Treaty of Union Reply
  4. Neil Anderson says: June 18, 2020 at 12:55 am Well said Paul. This appaling behaviour is being allowed by our police force. I wonder why? Reply
    • grizebard says: June 18, 2020 at 1:13 am No, the police are hardly the problem here. They don’t want to be there in force, having to deal with rampant morons. The real appalling behaviour, besides that of the blackshirts themselves, is from our willfully-blind collaborationalist media. In that recognition, Paul has our true target well in his sights. (Which incidentally is why he – like most truly representative pro-indy voices – never gets asked to appear on any of their channels. And is thus deliberately starved of any appearance income, while the BBC is simultaneously perfectly content to dole out support funds – our licence fee, no less – to fuel yet more one-sided pro-Union propaganda.) Reply
      • Wee Chid says: June 18, 2020 at 9:01 am “They don’t want to be there in force, having to deal with rampant morons.” Maybe they don’t want to – but what the hell are we paying them for? Reply
      • Alasdair Macdonald says: June 18, 2020 at 2:02 pm We should not be trying to put the blame on Police Scotland. I passed through George Square on Sunday and it was ringed by Police. I cannot recall before having seen such a large presence. All of the crowd gathered in the square were the kinds of people seen at Rangers FC matches, accompanying Orange parades – almost entirely male, most middle aged and older, many with tattoos and shaven heads, some carrying various banners of right wing groups, plus a lot of union flags and red, white and blue banners. “Rule Britannia” and “God Save the Queen” were being sung. At the time I passed there were no other groups in or near the Square and so the gathering while ominous (my perception) and a bit noisy, could not be deemed disorderly and those in the Square could argue that they were exercising their right to assemble and demonstrate. Of course, I suspected what would happen if any other group attempted to exercise a similar right, and, when it did, the Police were able to intervene quickly. So,their foresight and numbers, in my view were correct. Paul has focussed, rightly, on the role of the media and has put the blame for the disturbances where it really lies and has lain for decades. The Scottish media to a large extent tries to adopt an unjustifiable ‘even-handedness” – a ‘one side is as bad as the other’ framing. While he rightly condemns the media reporting, I think, too, we must also focus specifically on the role of the ‘sports’ sections, where ‘sport’ means, mainly football, mainly the Old Firm and particularly, Rangers. The Herald/National/Evening Times actually run daily features specifically about Rangers written by an admitted Rangers supporter. Sometimes, there are editions which do not even have anything about Celtic. (For Jags fans like myself, I have to be content with about 2/3 a week.) The Herald dismissed Graeme Speirs because he had written strongly critically of Rangers (despite being an acknowledged supporter) and the group also sacked Angela Haggerty, who worked on a different title for tweeting support for Mr Speirs, as a fellow NUJ member. She was subsequently re-engaged. To be fair, there are now more articles and features in the press and on radio and TV which criticise Rangers, but there still is a tendency to show favour and to downplay the ‘British Nationalist element and the appropriation of the Union flag. There stillremains a significant ‘loyalist’ presence in the Scottish Conservative Party. Reply
        • Alex Clark says: June 18, 2020 at 2:16 pm I think you are spot on with what you say about the police presence in the square yesterday. They were there in numbers, fully prepared to deal with violent behavior if it arose. They learned from Sunday that gatherings of this sort are almost always accompanied by thuggery and other unacceptable behavior. They responded appropriately when violence did happen and can’t be criticised for that. Reply

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