Careful What You Wish For
Moaning about celebrity culture has become a bit of an art form at Bella. We just about succeed in resisting the urge to write about the TOWIE star Mark Wright being paid five grand to flick a switch in Perth as the end of Western civilisation, but we thought we might actually be becoming a Daily Mail editorial, so we resisted (‘The only way is Perth’).
The game of which SLEBS are backing Yes and which are backing NO is pretty futile and runs counter to the whole idea of ‘us’ taking control. But the weekend interview with Texas front-woman Sharleen Spiteri IS really funny (‘A little more conversation’, Sunday Herald). She’s plugging her new album The Conversation and interviewer Alan Morrison quizzes her about her indy preferences …
“The thing is, I would be a hypocrite to say anything because I don’t get a frigging vote,” she says today, with visible frustration. “Even though I have a house in Scotland and pay my taxes, I have no vote. I have a home in Scotland, I spend a lot of time in Scotland, we have a studio in Scotland, we have offices in Scotland, everything is in Scotland. But I’m not allowed to vote.”
Er, no, cos you don’t live here. It’s not very complicated.
“I’ve always said there definitely has to be a Scottish Government, no doubt about that… It can always work better, but the level of education in Scotland is amazing in comparison to England.”
Er, there is a Scottish Government. Slightly confused at this point. Why would having a better education system be a reason to vote No?
“At this moment in time, especially when financially things are so tough, surely the UK should be coming together rather than pulling apart?”
Yeah, you’re not really paying attention are you?
Perhaps sensing maximum density the interviewer takes a different tack, asking: ‘Surely as a musician, however, she can sense that there’s a very distinctive Scottish artistic identity that separates it from the rest of the UK? And don’t the audiences abroad recognise that too?’
“Oh, yes,” she agrees. “You look out and the flags are there. The other night the wee tartan tammies with orange hair were being chucked up on stage.”
And there it is – Scottish cultural encapsulated in a tammie. Wha’s like us eh?