We should not hate it when fellow Scots succeed | Kevin McKenna

Source: Kevin McKenna We should not hate it when fellow Scots succeed | Kevin McKenna

Ignore the carpers, JK Rowling and Billy Connolly thoroughly deserve their honours

In a perjink Glasgow wine bar some years ago, a spirited discussion about Professor Sir Tom Devine’s contribution to Scotland almost led to violence. This being the city’s West End, the aggro reached its zenith with the following parting shot: “I’ll be bringing this to the attention of the person who edits the letters page in the Herald.” At this, a hush descended on our unruly little gathering for, as we knew full well, in this neighbourhood such a threat is only uttered in extremis.

Fortunately, one of us briskly ordered some Camparis and a restorative bowl of cashew nuts and order was soon restored. For a moment, it seemed that the disagreement would have to be settled in the traditional manner of these parts: a duel at dawn where the participants must hurl rhyming couplets at each other until one expires. Only in Glasgow, I reflected later, could a dispute among historians and newspaper columnists almost be permitted to lead to “scenes”.

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