On page 6 of this report by the British Foreign Policy Group:
The Britons who fall into the Isolationists tribe are most concentrated in the North of England
and least concentrated in London. But they are also over-represented in Scotland – emphasising
the degree of mythology underpinning the concept of a homogeneously progressive,
internationalist vision for an independent Scotland.
The report claims:
This report presents the findings of an ongoing partnership between the BFPG and Opinium
to investigate the complex, evolving nature of UK public opinion on foreign affairs. Opinium
conducts the fieldwork for the BFPG’s Annual Survey of Public Opinion on Foreign Policy and
Global Britain – the most comprehensive dataset of public attitudes towards international affairs.
To bring the results to life, the BFPG and Opinium have worked together to segment the UK adult
population into four foreign policy ‘tribes’ across the full spectrum of public opinion.
The fours tribes are the Humanitarians, Globalists, Patriots and Isolationists. The whole thesis is a bit dubious but leave that for further reading. What matters here is that only Scots are picked out as being prone to something mythical rather than factual. The word ‘myth‘ only appears once and related words like ‘irrational‘ or ‘confused‘ or ‘delusional‘ never appear. The social science narrative is only dropped this once to make a subjective value-judgement on the apparent truth of opinions held by those in just this one place – Scotland.
The authors feel free to discount Scotland’s internationalist vote to remain in the EU, our internationalist opposition to nuclear weapons, our demonstrably more humane, internationalist, approach to refugees and other indicators of internationalism, and accuse us of delusions. Among others, the utterly irrational underlying myths of Brexiteers receive no such condemnation.
The British Foreign Policy Group is funded by Strategy International, headed by South African-born Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL
Their National Engagement Programme is a partnership with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom.
Why, in this extended report, would this group feel the need to undermine only one of their ‘tribes?’
Will Reporting Scotland’s wee folk spot this, understand this, report this?