Scots Wha Hae When Wallace Bled

I was amused to read this morning that a bunch of English people who cling to celebrity because they used to be talented plus Dame Judi Dench who is still talented and Helena Bonham Carter who is still my favourite fantasy (both should know better), are now so deluded they think the Scots will be so impressed by their fame as to accept guidance from a bunch of superannuated sassernachs on which way to vote in the independence referendum.

robert the bruce defeats the english at bannokburn

from The Daily Telegraph:

Sir Mick Jagger, Dame Judi Dench and Stephen Hawking have joined hundred of celebrities, artists and public figures calling on the people of Scotland to vote to stay in the union.

Over 200 public figures from sport, cinema, television and literature have written an open letter to the people of Scotland in advance of next month’s referendum which says: “Let’s stay together”.

Other signatories include Helena Bonham Carter, the actress, Tom Daley, the Olympian, and singers Dame Vera Lynn and Sir Cliff Richard.

The letter states: “We want to let you know how very much we value our bonds of citizenship with you, and to express our hope that you will vote to renew them.

“What unites us is much greater than what divides us. Let’s stay together.”

read full article in The Daily Telegraph

Is this a sign we are importing another negative trend from the USA where at election times, endorsements from people like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, George Clowney and Brad his name is rhyming slang count for more that the policies offered by various candidates.

Fortunately voters in the Scottish referendum are hard headed Scots, a fiercely independent people who don’t like being told what to do by anyone, especially The English.

So if the celebs letter is truly about keeping the union together it could turn out to be counter productive.

Personally I love Scotland and would be sad to see our nations divided, but I don’t expect the Scots to take any notice of me either. So here, my Scottish readers are words that will inspire you to follow your conscience and put Scotland first. And remember, the British Royal Family are successors of King James VI of Scotland, not Edward Longshanks.

Robert Bruce’s March To Bannockburn

Scots, wha hae wi’ Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome to your gory bed,
Or to Victorie!

Now’s the day, and now’s the hour;
See the front o’ battle lour;
See approach proud Edward’s power-
Chains and Slaverie!

Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha can fill a coward’s grave?
Wha sae base as be a Slave?
Let him turn and flee!

Wha, for Scotland’s King and Law,
Freedom’s sword will strongly draw,
Free-man stand, or Free-man fa’,
Let him on wi’ me!

By Oppression’s woes and pains!
By your Sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free!

Lay the proud Usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty’s in every blow!-
Let us Do or Die!

More Burns poetry

2 thoughts on “Scots Wha Hae When Wallace Bled

  1. I love the Scots too, lived there for 5 years in the 90s.. but I despair of their defeatist mentality. Maybe it’s those hundreds of years of being culturally coshed by the despised English, god knows.
    I heartily wish them Independence ( freedom from the seemingly timeless tyrannical rule of the crooked Westminster Bullingdon bar steward ) – and och aye they FW deserve it – but if the fearful ‘umming and arring’ of the random folk I blethered with on a recent visit is anything to go by; they just “nay got tha sporans far it” ( to risk it ).

    Shame they don’t stop to think; if Scotland is such an unsustainable liability cut off from the UK, why the desperate scramble / last-minute bribe sweeteners etc by the English political elite to hold onto it?
    And yellow belly Cameron’s refusal to debate Salmond, instead handing the duty over to that fella with the funny eyebrows, speaks volumes about who fears who has the superior arguments.

    They’re Saltire-waving Braveheart all the way god bless em the Scots…til it comes to the meat hook reality time ballot box, barring the 40% exceptions – mostly the younger generation.

    So, sadly, I predict a resounding “Nay” in September and the Scots will pay dearly for their collective reticence, for surely contempt creep will ensue from Westminster and they’ll end up with a far, far worse deal than they have already.
    (Sorry for the protracted rant.)


    • No problem at all, protracted rants liven things up. Scotland certainly would be viable economically as an independent nation, so long as they stayed out of the EU. Similar sized nations Switzerland and Norway are not struggling alone, while nations like Portugal and Greece, suffocated under the dead hand of EU bureaucracy, perfectly demonstrate the benefits of EU membership for small nations.


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