His essay--pregnant with thoughtful optimism and keen understanding--can be viewed by clicking HERE.
|Hayden Westfield-Bell composing his thoughts (and cooling his toes) whilst standing in a peaty burn.|
As a tail on this, I can say (and think) very little. I've lived there but don't have a clue about what's going on just now. In Scotland, the Labour Party is (or in the past has been) called the "Socialist" Party, while the Tories are (or in the past have been) called the "Unionist" Party. A "divide" might fall out, as well, between the Anglo-Scots and the Scottish-Scots, which is a vague and loose way to draw a distinction between Scottish Episcopalians and Scottish Presbyterians, though I should again underscore the vagueness of the distinction. Notwithstanding accents, "English-speaking" Scots are just as Scottish as "Scottish-speaking" Scots, and only vulgar people with coarse perceptions draw a distinction. Meanwhile, somewhere in this mix the English fit in as well, though as Hayden suggests, English antecedents are no indication of on which side of the question an English person might fall. Complicating matters are all the various regions with their distinct identities: 1) the Highlands and Islands, 2) the East coast, 3) the Boarders, 4) Edinburgh, and 5) Glasgow. Fife has it's own identity--with the middle-class in the East Neuk and round St. Andrews, and the working-class "Socialists" in the west... And thus class is also a dynamic, with the middle classes and the upper classes tending towards the Liberal Democrat or Unionist parties. But over to Hayden for a report from someone with his feet on the ground (or in a burn) over there.