A ‘Unionist fightback?’ What, have we finished correcting all the mythological accounts of how good a thing the British Empire was? Do they want a fightback against accuracy? Do they want the weans and bairns to hear more on the positives in mass slavery, genocidal military campaigns, organised famines in India and Ireland, the theft of resources, my ancestors role in terrorising the good folk of Ireland, India, Aden and god knows how many other parts, and the many many other horrors typical of empires?
I left school in 1969 with a Higher History, knowing all about Wellington’s campaigns and the Corn Laws but SFA about the above. My History-teaching colleagues in the 1980s had, at Glasgow University in the 50s, been unable to take a single class in Scottish History.
Yet, Tom Gordon tells us:
A SCOTTISH Tory MP has backed a controversial plan for the UK Government to root out “undue nationalist bias” in the teaching of British history in schools. Andrew Bowie said the idea was one of “a series of feasible policy recommendations” that could help “a Unionist fightback” against the threat of independence.
The Scottish Tory MP is Andrew ‘Smug’ Bowie:
Here’s an extract:
Britain is the rump of an empire. The dominant Tories still have an imperialist mindset, increasing spending on weapons and reducing aid, sending gunboats to resolve fishing disputes. Give them longer in power and who knows what adventures they’ll dream up.
As for the authors, Stokes is a critic of US imperial adventures writing for example: ‘America’s Other War: Terrorizing Colombia’ in 2006. He claims an interest in social justice but, of course, not for Scotland. Has he been got at and moved from left to right for safety reasons?
Biggar, born in Castle Douglas but then privately educated in England and now a deacon in the Church of England, is a more obvious source, known already as an apologist for empire:
Oxford students have corrected and failed him here: