“Generally, people do not know what is happening. And they do not know that they do not know.” Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics, philosopher, and political agitator.
This a personal blog on Scotland present, past, and future.
The opinion, observations, polemic, satire, and topics chosen are those of a social democrat, and something of an anarchist, although essays are not always hard politics.
An extensive experience in the arts in Scotland, England, and abroad, particularly the USA, has given me a perspective of Scotland’s political and social deficiencies. Back home, forced to deal head-on with the inadequacies of an essentially subservient nation, I am too often frustrated in ambition to bring work, wealth, and kudos to my homeland.
With theatre production, television and film to my credit, books published too – most recently for the Royal Academy of Arts in London – and magazine articles on film and drama, those pursuits raised finance for arts projects in Scotland, millions more when it came to making films. There are USA franchised automotive magazine columns discussing cars and the politics of the automotive industry, a hobby.
Chronologically my vocation has moved from student of theatre, (and philosophy) to teacher and lecturer of drama, broadcaster for BBC and commercial radio, to founder-artistic director of a national theatre still flourishing, a few years an unhappy BBC television executive, and most recently producer-writer-director of filmed drama, winning international awards. In between times I did a lot of swearing, shouting and gnashing of teeth, and had a couple of fine daughters. Since Scotland lost its sovereignty a second time I curse a lot, and I ceased suffering fools gladly.
In one sense, it doesn’t matter who I am so long as what I write has honesty and truth as its guide. Telling people you have status has a way of adding false weight to an opinion. ‘Grouse Beater,’ as much sobriquet as pseudonym, protects family each known publically, independent thinkers that they are who often disagree with me.
These essays remain an expression of determined resistance against those denying constitutional reform to the people of Scotland, the very same who say they admire us yet do all they can to block progressive democracy and individual happiness.
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