Britain will be ‘diminished’ – ‘pull yourself together!’ ‘A country that cannot hold itself together is scarcely in a position to lecture others’. The simple message from the incandescent Economist magazine that seems to have a real thing about Scotland. From it’s infamous Skintland map to its more mundane everyday Jock-Bashing (‘Cosa Scotia‘) – something is putting the fear of panic into these people. In their recent issue they whine ‘Britain once ran the world’. It’s like a ‘serious’ magazine that has become a giant Trolling fanzine. A glossy high-production newsletter for wealthy but slightly dim people.
In ‘Little England or Great Britain?‘ they suggest that the stark choice facing, er, ‘us’, somehow is that: “Britain could emerge from all this smaller, more inward-looking and with less clout in the world (and, possibly, with its politics fractured). Or it could become more efficient, surer of its identity and its place in Europe and more outward-looking. Call them the Little England and Great Britain scenarios.”
Um, okay. If you say so.
We’re touched by the notion of ‘Britain’ emerging ‘surer of its own identity’ through the referendum process, but less convinced of the Economists gravitas having confused Caledonia and Hibernia. Och well, Micks and Jocks eh?
And we love the idea that ‘Britain would be more inward looking’ from England voting to leave the EU. This is a magazine with a serious identity crisis.