Uncle Tom Harris and Banal Nationalism

When your unthinking choice of language reveals your sense of identity it’s called ‘banal nationalism.’ Banal, in this context, doesn’t mean stupid but rather unthinking, habitual.

Here’s a definition:

Banal nationalism refers to the everyday representations of the nation which build a shared sense of national belonging amongst humans, a sense of tribalism through national identity. The term is derived from English academic, Michael Billig‘s 1995 book of the same name and is intended to be understood critically.

So, when you say ‘we’ or ‘us’ or ‘our country’, that’s banal nationalism. I’m banal too.

Stop it!

Tom Harris reveals something when he refers to the ‘British army’ and not, as the Times does, just ‘the army.’ It suggest that he imagines a neighbouring army which it does not pay toward or help to staff, kindly coming in to help a weaker neighbour, which (Scotland), I suspect is not really ‘his country.’

‘Uncle Tom?’

‘House Jock’ might have been more accurate but I wanted the headline. You know what I mean but, if not, see the 2nd source:

Source:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banal_nationalism#:~:text=Banal%20nationalism%20refers%20to%20the,intended%20to%20be%20understood%20critically.

8 thoughts on “Uncle Tom Harris and Banal Nationalism

  1. “Uncle Tam Harris”–a running dog of British Imperialist rule over Scotland—-a Red Tory increasingly turning a hue of Blue (add White to that…….and what do you get?). A Torygraf Toady.

    I sometimes wonder? Was there ever really a Scottish Labour Party?
    Did I dream it?
    What did it stand for?— Oh, Scottish solutions to Scottish problems!
    What ever happened to them?

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    1. Parasites, ‘Scottish (Eng HQ’d) Labour fed off the backs of the people of Scotland, they did absolutely sweet fa for the country but supped at the trough themselves. That’s why they are now toast and it’s been overdone, only fit for the dustbin.
      You can see I really do not like the Labour party eh, there is something about pretendy lefty champagne socialists that really irks me…hmm.

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  2. I’m truly shocked today…I have just discovered that New Zealand, Denmark, Sweden,Norway, Ireland etc, etc have their own Defence Forces. I never thought small countries could do that!

    Neither does Tom obviously.

    How many polls with a majority for Independence now Tom?

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  3. For the Britnats,without Britishness,Scotland has nothing.
    No oil,no renewable energy,no whisky,no fishing,no tourism……. no thing.
    I occasionally scan the headlines in the Torygraf to see what the latest fantasy is they are pushing but walk on by anything penned by Harris.
    Bought and sold for Tory gold.

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    1. Indeed, but somehow they just can’t bear to let go, must be because they are kind, giving sharing, caring, equality guru’s, oh, wait…Scotland has masses land, revenues and resources, ahhh.

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  4. Westminster illegal wars, tax evasion and financial fraud. Costs Scotland £Billions. £Billions wasted to Westminster misappropriation and mismanagement. £Billion more on the military that could be spent on SNHS. MUP took 5 years. Labour opposed it. £Billions wasted on Hinkley Point, HS2 and Trident. £Billions that could be better spent.

    £3Billion loan repayments on monies not borrowed or spent in Scotland. £3Billion lost in tax evasion. £Billion lost on the military. Scotland cannot borrow £5Billion to invest in the economy. It would pay for growth. Cost nothing. £12Billion+ Total.

    Thatcher took £Billions from Scotland, Kept it secret under the Official Secrets Act. Fund London S/E. Built Tilbury Docks. 26 miles, Canary Wharf funded illegal banking regulation and corruption. It led to the banking crash. Thatcher funded the Bankers who funded the Tory Party.

    Scotland raises £66Billion. Add on what is lost to Westminster total mismanagement and misappropriation of Scottish revenues and resources. Scotland could raise £80Billion like Norway.

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