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Sorry, even though the majority of Scots are not as crude as that poster they express stereotypes and Anglophobia nonetheless. I've lived here long enough to know what is unacceptable to say about one group of people is 'banter' when it's aimed at English folk.


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Er no, the vast majority of Scottish people do not express "Anglophobia" stereotypes. I really want you to provide evidence for this assertion that we do though.

First I've ever heard the word "anglophobia" too
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Well over half of Scots didn't vote SNP but have them in government. Care to explain that, genius?


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But most Scots voted SNP and so Alex Salmond is first minister. Most scots dod not vote tory yet David Scameron is prime minister.

Using the phrase "majority of scots" isn't smart or funny. Its immature. You know fine well the SNP got the most votes in the scottish elections.
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Who says that I thought you were making this up? I believe you're ice hockey anecdote

What I don't buy into is you're comment "I would say the majority of Scots have made equally stupid comments at one point or another."

I'm willing to bet this is bullocks
If it is I would happily crack an egg over my face.


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But most Scots voted SNP and so Alex Salmond is first minister. Most scots dod not vote tory yet David Scameron is prime minister.

Using the phrase "majority of scots" isn't smart or funny. Its immature. You know fine well the SNP got the most votes in the scottish elections.
Most Scots, ie over half, did not vote SNP. That is a fact.


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But most Scots voted SNP and so Alex Salmond is first minister. Most scots dod not vote tory yet David Scameron is prime minister.

Using the phrase "majority of scots" isn't smart or funny. Its immature. You know fine well the SNP got the most votes in the scottish elections.
Snp got less than 50% in the last Scottish election. Think they got about 45%
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I came to that conclusion through fact and evidence - http://wingsoverscotland.com/why-lab...need-scotland/
The person who wrote that article has made a fundamental mistake in that they don't seem to understand that MPs are elected on a constituency basis and not a national basis.

To say that, "Scottish MPs as an entity have had no practical influence over the composition of the UK government." is totally meaningless as Scottish MPs are not voted into the House of Commons as a single block. You might as well say, "Liverpudlian MPs as an entity have had no practical influence over the composition of the UK government."

The House of Commons is formed of individuals elected to a constituency seat. Imagine that you go to a ballot box to vote for a local representative in a small village of 4 streets. Each street elects one representative.

North Street votes for the candidate from the Orange Party, as does West Street. South Street then votes for the candidate from the Brown Party. East Street - where you live - is the final street to vote and they vote for the candidate from the Orange Party.

However, the Orange Party already has two elected representatives from North and West Street meaning that the Orange Party has a majority on the village council. Therefore does your vote, coming from East Street, not count?

Yes, of course your vote counts. The UK is a representative democracy and your representative from the Orange Party has been elected to serve on your behalf. In addition, the Orange Party have a clear majority allowing them to implement their policies. Your local representative is part of that majority that gives the local administration it's right to legislate.

Futhermore, I'd caution you against posting anything from 'Wings Over Scotland'. it's a pretty nasty website run by some very nasty people. The chap who wrote the article you've linked to there also wrote an article with the following message (http://wingsoverscotland.com/the-sco...u-wish-to-see/),
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Scotland still has a chance to escape and set an example of a better way, and anyone threatening that must be regarded with merciless contempt, for the sake of everyone who lives on these islands.
I find that kind of lanugage in the context of an independence debate very disturbing. It is worth noting that the Yes Scotland campaign have officially distanced themselves from 'Wings Over Scotland' because of it's intolerant, discriminatory and bigoted material.
(http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/po...ndence-2266858)

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it quite blatantly did destroy our industry
The decline of heavy industry was apparent decades before Thatcher came to power.

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the union is outdated and no longer necessary.
How so?

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we can continue to trade with England after independence is achieved, like we trade other countries.
Will England necessarily want to trade with us to the same extent after we've just stuck two fingers up at them?

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You know the vast majority of people in Scotland are not like this. I'm surprised you responded to his point tbh as most people would have paid no attention to it.
You're right, but all of us know at least one or two people who are fanatically anti-English. As Scots (whether in the UK or independent) it is our duty to stamp down on these people and stop their vile beliefs from spreading.
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If it is I would happily crack an egg over my face.


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Even if this were true, which I bet it isn't

Some (a small minority) English people will talk of a Jock stereotype

It isn't a one way process and it is a minority on both sides
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Er no, the vast majority of Scottish people do not express "Anglophobia" stereotypes. I really want you to provide evidence for this assertion that we do though.

First I've ever heard the word "anglophobia" too
The evidence is anecdotal from living here and from those I know who live here as well. Scotland is the only nation on the planet with anti-English lyrics in its anthem for heaven's sake. Scots Wha Hae is sung at SNP party meetings and so on.

The best examples are of English people who have been born and raised in Scotland but aren't 'proper Scottish' because they don't have the accent or some other absurd reason. It is very rarely aggressive but stereotyping is very common and casually mentioned day to day.


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You're right, but all of us know at least one or two people who are fanatically anti-English. As Scots (whether in the UK or independent) it is our duty to stamp down on these people and stop their vile beliefs from spreading.
Absolutely. The people who believe this bile are very much the victims of a very poor education system but that is still no excuse for some of their views. The way of getting beyond this is developing a culture where tolerant people challenge the views expressed by the fanatics rather than not let them have a voice at all.
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Even if this were true, which I bet it isn't

Some (a small minority) English people will talk of a Jock stereotype

It isn't a one way process and it is a minority on both sides
It is very much a bigger thing in Scotland. The stereotype of Scotsmen back home is of people with chips on their shoulders about Longshanks who think we worship the 66 World Cup team-which isn't that inaccurate.


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Disagree, I would say the majority of Scots have made equally stupid comments at one point or another. In fact, I got called an English **** for supporting my ice hockey team in Kirkcaldy a few months ago.


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What a stereotype you have just came out with! Why is it everyone I debate with does some obscure fringe hobby, whats the chances of ice hockey! nothing wrong with ice hockey...I just don't understand why the passionate no voters always have these unique hobbies.

I guess I'll never know!
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The evidence is anecdotal from living here and from those I know who live here as well. Scotland is the only nation on the planet with anti-English lyrics in its anthem for heaven's sake. Scots Wha Hae is sung at SNP party meetings and so on.

The best examples are of English people who have been born and raised in Scotland but aren't 'proper Scottish' because they don't have the accent or some other absurd reason. It is very rarely aggressive but stereotyping is very common and casually mentioned day to day.


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How long did you live here?

Where about in Scotland did you stay? (Think you said St Andrews, but I may be getting mixed up)

Where do you're friends stay?

I agrre with the National Anthem point. It is a childish national anthem which I hope will change in the near future

I really have never seen any of this accent stuff in all my life
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That's quite a big accusation to make which i'm willing to wager has no credibility.
I agree with your statement to the full.
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Most Scots, ie over half, did not vote SNP. That is a fact.


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Most does not equal more than half. Most means that highest number of people voting a particular party. Since when does most mean it has to be over 50%? I'll tell you when...since never!
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Absolutely. The people who believe this bile are very much the victims of a very poor education system but that is still no excuse for some of their views. The way of getting beyond this is developing a culture where tolerant people challenge the views expressed by the fanatics rather than not let them have a voice at all.
It is these people who make the Yes campaign something I just can't vote for. Granted they distance themselves from extreme groups but the Yes newsletter that comes through my door still exploits common misconceptions about England.


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Look at the voting patterns in London itself and be prepared to look stupid.


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Your point is? Doesn't change the fact that a large portion of Northern England shares similar political beliefs to Scotland, so your point about it being a purely personal attack on Cameron is quite frankly, idiotic

http://www.economist.com/news/briefi...look-ever-more
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Most does not equal more than half. Most means that highest number of people voting a particular party. Since when does most mean it has to be over 50%? I'll tell you when...since never!
You are insane.


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It is very much a bigger thing in Scotland. The stereotype of Scotsmen back home is of people with chips on their shoulders about Longshanks who think we worship the 66 World Cup team-which isn't that inaccurate.


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There is absolutely no evidence for this

Really, most Scottish people I know don't even no who Longshanks was
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Your point is? Doesn't change the fact that a large portion of Northern England shares similar political beliefs to Scotland, so your point about it being a purely personal attack on Cameron is quite frankly, stupid.


http://www.economist.com/news/briefi...look-ever-more
Define Northern England for me. The North-South divide we so often hear about totally disregards the Midlands which is distinct from both and is also a Labour hotbed.


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It is very much a bigger thing in Scotland. The stereotype of Scotsmen back home is of people with chips on their shoulders about Longshanks who think we worship the 66 World Cup team-which isn't that inaccurate.


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Your commentators and English football songs say otherwise about the world cup point. Which in my opinion is actually fair enough...I would be the same with Scotland if we only had a bit of luck when our team was top class.

I have never heard anyone bully someone because they were "english". Yours...if true is most certainly and isolated incident.
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