Ten busy weeks in England are coming to an end and I now find myself coming up for air in a sometimes bizarre country which is plagued by vague personal interest stories and pie in the sky narratives.
It’s infectious of course and to some extent personified by the character of George Galloway who is determined by his own vaguely interesting personal story and his very own irrelevant narratives. On the BBC’s ‘Big Debate’ on Scottish independence at Glasgow’s Hydro yesterday, he really was one big misplaced ego. What we got was the world according to George instead of his addressing the questions the audience were asking. Well, that is what you often get from George, but it really did get extra silly when he was asked to sum up why we should all stay together and out came a stream of silly drivel about how, if it wasn’t for the stance that we all took together back in 1939, we would be speaking German rather than English today. This from a man who seeks to impress in the Muslim world with an Arabic discourse that is limited to “salam alikum.”
‘ The Herald Scotland’ hits the nail on the head and sums up this person of the crudest crude half educations when it writes about how he ignored a question about jobs and spoke “not of jobs but of borders, share prices and banks and he did it in halting, broken sentences as though not trusting these young people to understand” and that is George, nobody understands only he does, and it really is not easy to understand him at times. It was, as the article continues, really a case of his being “just too intent on the role he was playing to step out of the persona and address the reality.”
How can it be any different? After all, our beings in society determine our consciousness and in that bizarre country, which is plagued by vague personal interest stories and pie in the sky narratives, there has to be delusional egos that are detached from reality. Therefore, whether the people of Scotland realise it or not, they are being offered an opportunity next week to get real.