Tom Posted June 30, 2006 Report Share Posted June 30, 2006 The problem I have with most of these is that they glorify a very specific version of Scottishness - generally the one put forward for the tourists, but which doesn't actually represent the identities of a great many people in Scotland. I'm, of course, biased in noting that songs about fighting the English or referencing noble Highlanders and bagpipes are not part of the cultural history of many of those in Shetland - but also many other populations in Scotland. And there are far more Glaswegians than Highlanders, for example. (It's like Gaelic language programming in Shetland) An anthem needs to be something that dearly all of the nation can identify with and claim ownership of. As not all of Scotland is highland glens and not all Scots reside in picturesque highland moors, I'd have to question the use of an anthem which focused on that as defining characteristics of Scotland and the Scottish. That said, I think Scotland the Brave is certainly the most anthem-sounding of all of those and is already probably by far the most recognised. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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