This is an on-going personal project.
Ever since I was a child I have considered Scotland as my country. I have always felt a sense of belonging here and see it as a strong part of my identity.
Being part of Britain, like most Scots I know, has been secondary to me. A friendship of neighbouring countries that we like to play football and rugby against, part of a club but not really having much involvement in it. I think this is on the same wave length as people in Wales and Ireland feel.
I really enjoy visiting England and love exploring their culture as it is very different from my own. One things that strikes me when I ask English people where their identity lies is that it almost always seems to be first and foremost British before English. This is merely an observation and no negative connotations meant by my words (just turn to the House of Commons live broadcast if you’d like an elbow in the face to each nation).
I decided to take on this personal project because I have been constantly asking myself the question “What is Britain to me?”. I can go on about negative things I can recycle from popular social media propaganda, but that would not answer the key question about what Britain really means to me. I guess a more important question is what I see is a common ground and similarities between Scotland and well to be honest, mainly England. I mean this because I see here we have the biggest divide between nations. and more common ground has been built because of this with our underdog neighbours Wales and Ireland. The biggest factor is that we have smaller populations than England so therefore get less say in Politics. which is not something I feel necessary to explore here. Maybe at some point I’d like to explore Wales and Ireland nuances also.
In doing this project I hope to find some real common ground and hopefully feel greater affinity to my neighbouring country. To embrace these subtle nuances and relate to them. In doing so, I hope to embrace the similarities and see them for what they are. I think regardless of what happens with Brexit, and Indyref two, these traditions can keep going on as long as people want them to. In fact they will highlight a subtle bond between us all.