‘Preposterous!' Scottish nationalists ‘colonial’ view of history skewered by top Brexiteer

‘Preposterous!' Scottish nationalists ‘colonial’ view of history skewered by top Brexiteer

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Lord Hannan, a leading Brexit advocate, argued Scottish nationalists sell “Scottish separatism as a form of anti-colonialism” to match the “statue-smashing, anti-imperialist mood of our age”. Instead, he argues Scots played a crucial role in the union which created “the most powerful and influential” nation the world had ever known.

Scotland and England united in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Lord Hannan, formerly Conservative Party member of the European Parliament, was reacting to a new campaign video from Alex Salmond’s Alba Party.

The former first minister launched Alba seeking a “supermajority” in the Scottish parliament to push for independence.

However, a recent campaign video, voiced by Braveheart actor Angus Macfadyen, was subject to widespread ridicule.

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Alex Salmond launched Alba as a new nationalist party (Image: GETTY)

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“The idea Scotland was annexed by its larger neighbour is preposterous” (Image: GETTY)

It claimed Robert the Bruce, a 14th-century king, led the “small folk” of Scotland who “broke the spine of English superiority”.

The video was branded “embarrassing” by a leading SNP politician.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph Lord Hannan argues this interpretation of history is misleading.

He said: “The idea that Scotland was annexed by its larger neighbour is preposterous – if anything, the impetus for unification came mainly from north of the border – but, in casting themselves as the champions of a subjugated people, the separatists catch the statue-smashing, anti-imperialist mood of our age.

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Unionists are hoping to block a second independence referendum (Image: GETTY)

“The idea that the merger was an English takeover is – to use a fine Scottish expression – pure mince.

“Scots, whose schools and universities were superior to England’s, were quick to take advantage of their new opportunities, both within Britain and beyond.

“They were disproportionately represented as missionaries, merchants, soldiers and colonial administrators.”

Scots go to the polls next month to elect their next parliament.

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Nicola Sturgeon is seeking another referendum on taking Scotland out of the UK (Image: GETTY)

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Boris Johnson has vowed to block a second referendum (Image: GETTY)

Both the SNP and Alba are demanding another referendum on taking Scotland out of the United Kingdom.

In 2014 Scotland voted to remain part of Britain by 55 percent or the vote to 45 percent.

Alba was launched by former first minister Alex Salmond after he fell out badly with fellow nationalist Nicola Sturgeon.

Ms Sturgeon was accused of misleading the Scottish parliament about when she first knew of sexual assault allegations against her former mentor.

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Scotland voted to remain part of the UK in 2014 (Image: EXPRESS )

In 2020 Mr Salmond was found not guilty of 12 sexual assault charges with another found not proven.

Lord Hannan argued, “intellectual elites” have embraced “a Black Lives Matter view of British history” which sees the UK as a malign force in world affairs.

He commented: “If you insist on seeing the world as a hierarchy of privilege and oppression, you will dislike Britain simply because it was top dog.

“What used to be the chief attraction of Britishness – its global success – is now presented as something shameful.

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Douglas Ross has urged unionists to boycott any unauthorised referendum (Image: GETTY)

“Even our most altruistic achievements, from defeating the slave trade to defeating the Nazis, are recast as somehow selfish or sordid.”

Alba’s election broadcast was strongly condemned by Pamela Nash, head of pro-UK group Scotland in Union.

Speaking to the Herald Scotland she said: “The nationalist mask has slipped; Salmond is making it clear that for him and his colleagues this election is a battle between Scotland and England.

“What we need more than ever before is to nurture unity across the UK and find solutions together to recover from the Covid crisis.”

Published at Sun, 18 Apr 2021 09:21:51 +0000