Set wrote:Bringing ethnicity into this isn't valid. To say that to be Scottish is to be Gealic and to be English is to be Germanic is hugely ignorant.
I don't see why.
Set wrote:I don't think Scottish culture and language is any more under threat than it would be in an independent Scotland, unless the Scottish government tried to forcibly encourage it, which is just as wrong and reeks of (dirty) nationalism.
There's nothing wrong with nationalism. And while I don't know the ins and outs of language policy in Scotland, and I'm not trying to say that nothing is being done to preserve it, having their own country would give the Scots more self-respect and thus respect in their indigenous culture.
I also don't see why the Scottish government shouldn't forcibly encourage it. I think Scotland should exist to try and revive the Gaelic culture, and thus that should be one of their main policies.
Set wrote:I don't think there is any significant group of people in England anymore who are against minority languages in these places...so what benefit is there from independence?
International recognition of the Scottish people as a distinct, self-governing people with their own language, culture and heritage and the self-respect the Scots will develop as a result, which would hopefully lead to greater attention to the language and other endangered cultural property.
Set wrote:And yes Scotland has different culture, but the culture also differs between Edinburgh and the highlands or even just Glasgow. Just as the culture in London is different from that in Newcastle or Manchester...how does accepting a variety of cultures mean one doesn't place value on culture? Surely someone who wants to pointlessly split people up and encourage tensions between different groups is much more hateful of culture.
Giving distinct groups autonomy and international respect does not encourage tensions between people, it alleviates them. If there are tensions between the Scots and the English, it is because they are being forced to live as one people in the same country, a country that happens to have a vast majority of English people. The question really isn't "why should they be separate countries?", but "why should they be one?".
Set wrote:Anyway, you gave it away when you said that hearing about Gaels makes you think of 'us'. I have a feeling you just dislike English people and your reasons for an independent Scotland are just as bigoted.
I gave nothing away, as I wasn't trying to hide anything. So I feel Gaelic, is that a crime? If a Frenchman feels French or a Spaniard Spanish, is that also wrong? I don't dislike English people, only people like you who think that tensions can be gotten rid of by getting rid of the ethnic sentiments that cause them. The borders between people need to be respected, not plastered over. Then people could get along, when they are being treated as equals. I like lots of English people. lots of them who take pride in their heritage, language and customs and recognise the role they have played in the history of these islands and recognise that the decline of the Celtic people was and is lamentable, reversible and encourage their revival. It doesn't have to be a point of contention between us if they respect our differences.