Letter Re John Woods letter National
Woods letter on the British class structure on our language is very telling. 'Principled Objection to the project of promoting Scots'.
I lived aboard many years and on my return I particularly noticed the hierarchy in the UK with the Queen at the top - that appears to pervade and influence many aspects of society here. In Britain people attempt to determine where you are on this hierarchy by evaluating your accent. This is a top down, out-dated, elitist attitude that helps no one.
It used to be the UK news presenters all talked in a clipped Oxford English. Thankfully things have improved, and for example, the Glaswegian presenter Lorraine Kelly has achieved success with her Scottish accent - even though she was offered ways to tone down her Scottishness! This hierarchy attitude stifles a country, when this tiny elite holds all the privilege and power. Of course the Old Money and Elite are against any change of any kind and actively work to prevent social mobility.
Wood claims also that Scottish Independence is simply about a different kind of capitalism. I don't agree with this at all. Nicola Sturgeon and other SNP members - and also many of the great Scottish writers and artists - come from ordinary backgrounds and they work to encourage grassroots debate and social mobility. They attended their local state schools and therefore they also understand all walks of life.
By contrast the Eton elite in Westminster have none of this understanding and actively work against improving outcomes for the poorest and disadvantaged in society. The only change they want to see is towards greater wealth for their rich pals and the means to encourage this.