Scotland’s Pal-ocracy Makes England Look Like a Beacon of Democracy
Published: Monday, 16 March 2015 20:00
Where civil liberties are concerned, Scotland makes England look like a beacon of democracy. Scotland does not have strong independent bodies defending individual freedom. There is less emphasis on this in its education and culture than south of the border. I recently mentioned to a young friend studying Higher History that this year is the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. “Who’s she?” he replied. Since then, I have asked a number of others including students at Scottish universities and have yet to find one who has ever heard of this historic document which guarantees the rights and liberties of the citizen against autocracy. They have all heard of the Declaration of Arbroath but only the ‘Braveheart’ section about the yoke of the English oppressor.
In 1742, philosopher David Hume wrote: “It is a very comfortable reflection to the lovers of liberty that this peculiar privilege of Britain is of a kind that cannot easily be wrested from us and must last as long as our government remains in any degree free and independent.”
But an independent-minded observer of Scotland must conclude that civil liberties are in retreat here since the advent of a Scottish Parliament. We appear to be losing some of the recourse that citizens of Britain have historically possessed.
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Quiz about physically disabled students.
Published: Thursday, 18 December 2014 12:25
This is a quiz from a fundraising event for physically disabled school students at George Watson's College. The questions are based on the short descriptions of inspiring people who overcame disability as children and young people below. Answers are at the foot.
1 Whose musical feet found a path to success?
2 Who turned out to be a lot brighter than his teacher thought?
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