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was taking "the prism of the national question" to self satirising levels. In face of protests led by the former tourism minister Patricia Ferguson, VisitScotland added a few more dates and names John Logie Baird and Alexander Fleming now get a mention but none of the original drivel was removed or revised. What remains is still a gross Nike Air Force 1 Low On Feet Women distortion written by a very silly person, a zealot or possibly a combination of both. A glance at the events propagated by VisitScotland as great landmarks in our post war history tells us exactly why there are two sides to every historical coin and, therefore, why we need either declared partisanship or intellectual integrity, Flyknit Nike Air Force 1
elections to maintain national unity. The Scottish Nationalists did not subscribe to that arrangement, so MacIntyre had a clear field to challenge incumbent Labour.
when what purports to be history is portrayed via any public medium. Take the case of the SNP's first MP, Dr Robert MacIntyre, who held the Motherwell and Wishaw seat for three months in 1945. While Britain was fighting the Nazis, all political parties in the House of Commons agreed not to contest by Brown Air Force Sneaker
on University, and ultimately realizing that one of them had briefly been roommates with a high school basketball teammate of mine. Most of us would subscribe to the proposition that political zealots of whatever persuasion should be kept as far away as possible from the writing of history. There may be no such thing as pure truth and all versions of history are prone to selectivity and subjectivity. That is very different from setting out to distort reality to facilitate a preordained political agenda. There are growing signs that Scotland has to be vigilant of that distinction in the months ahead. I made roughly this point last year after receiving an invitation from STV to participate in a documentary series that purported to tell the history of post war Scottish politics "through the prism of the national question". STV is a commercial concern that can more or less do what it likes. But when the same thing starts to happen, using taxpayers' money to propagate a blatantly partisan interpretation of Scottish history, then it is time for people and particularly those with a sense of history to say: "So far and no further.
"The crudest example to date has been the "Timeline" of 20th century Scottish history produced by the tourism quango VisitScotland as part of its "Homecoming" guide for prospective visitors. As there are already strong suspicions of political fingers in that particular pie, one might have hoped that a little circumspection would prevail. Not a bit of it. According to VisitScotland, the only noteworthy event in 1945 was the election of the first SNP MP. Nothing worth mentioning then happened until the 1979 referendum, which was followed by the SNP suffering "electoral decline". Leap forward a decade and the poll tax "helps to revive the Scottish independence movement". And so, incredibly, on.
When the war in Europe ended and the 1945 general election was ca.
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