Un­in­ten­tion­ally Scot­tish

The Scotsman - - Perspective -

Not since Trainspot­ting’s Ren­ton – famed for his epic “it’s s **** be­ing Scot­tish” rant – can any­one have felt more dis­ap­pointed to be Scot­tish than Jac­qui Lam­bie.

As she re­searched her back­ground for an au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, the Aus­tralian se­na­tor for Tas­ma­nia dis­cov­ered her fa­ther had not been born in her na­tive coun­try as she had thought and had ac­tu­ally been a tod­dler when his fam­ily em­i­grated from Larkhall, South La­nark­shire.

It’s a rev­e­la­tion that could end her po­lit­i­cal ca­reer. For, in what has been dubbed the “world’s most ridicu­lous con­sti­tu­tional cri­sis”, five Aus­tralian MPS, in­clud­ing the deputy prime min­is­ter, have been forced to step down be­cause of a 1900 law bar­ring dual cit­i­zens from hold­ing of­fice. Ms Lam­bie has since been fran­ti­cally deny­ing she has UK, as well as Aus­tralian, cit­i­zen­ship.

How­ever, she may be com­ing round to the idea of be­ing Scot­tish, judg­ing by a re­cent tweet. It ap­pears to show a pic­ture of her in a tar­tan dress, with bag­pipes and a blue­painted face. “Wil­liam Wal­lace eat your heart out,” she said. Ren­ton, no doubt, would not have been im­pressed.

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