Mind Your Bloody Language – bring in the lawyers

I know a firm of lawyers in Paris who specialise in international border disputes. Their idea of a good day is when everyone keeps talking – they get paid more.

But it’s all about the words you use. One good thing is the Scots and the English share a common language – er – English. So the translators aren’t going to get in the way. But the metaphors might.

Is the end of the Union a divorce? Not unless you think Scotland and England are a married couple who’ve fallen out of love. But it’s just not like that. The people who signed up to 1707 are dead, things have moved on. The French are no longer the Enemy, the Empire’s been and gone, we’ve got electricity and running water, we’ve got Dr. Who and the Internet. It’ a different world and we’re different people – North and South of the border. We were never married, it was always just a metaphor.

Seeing as we have to find words, I’m going with the concept of a corporate de-merger or spin-off. Scotland is a going concern. Great brand, great resources, great assets, great people. So many small countries do so well. Information, intelligence, education  – our CV’s got the bloody Enlightenment on it.

If we get the corporate lawyers in, rather than the divorce lawyers, there’s hope for us all. Stop the bickering and build me a business plan!

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4 Responses to Mind Your Bloody Language – bring in the lawyers

  1. Grant Thoms says:

    Using marriage as a metaphor for the Treaty of Union should have some of our established churches jumping up and down with utter rage – the sanctity of marriage is a union between a man and a woman, not between two countries. But then of course it has more a metaphor with domestic violence and a menage a trois. There was England with her abused bidie-in, Wales, when it makes a pitch for its next door neighbour. He jumped the garden fence and blinded her with jewels and promise of a better life. Only to find she has no choice. Then again, countries are usually refered to in the feminine gender, in which case this is a complicated lesbian romp…. do you know what you have started?

  2. […] McGellie asks people to mind their language when talking about Scottish divorce, er, I mean independence. Is the end of the Union a divorce? Not unless you think Scotland and England are a married couple who’ve fallen out of love. But it’s just not like that. […]

  3. Roger Thomas says:

    “Stop bickering and build me a business plan”
    heres one, written in February 2006. It was sent to all MSPs at Holyrrod at the start of April 2006.
    http://www.mp2.worldfriend.com/projects.htm
    I am just arranging my blog (and head) to get more focused on implementing it. Bits of it seem to be appearing as Executive policy and ideas, I still think this is the source of many. I will be doing a post on in soon at my blog site. Any thoughts?

  4. […] McGellie asks people to mind their language when talking about Scottish divorce, er, I mean independence. Is the end of the Union a divorce? Not unless you think Scotland and England are a married couple who’ve fallen out of love. But it’s just not like that. […]

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