Luvvie’s snide and prej­u­dice

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

IN A tar­tan suit lack­ing only a vol­ume con­trol, Alan Cum­ming was at the Scot­tish Baf­tas ex­plain­ing how he crafted his cameo as James VI in Doc­tor Who.

It was a master­class in snide as chan­nelling his ‘loathing’ for two Tories was key. ‘I de­cided to do his voice like Mal­colm Rifkind and Michael Forsyth. They’re from Scot­land but try­ing to pre­tend they’re from Eng­land with this strange hy­brid ac­cent.’ Be­ing ve­he­mently op­posed to the pol­i­tics of the for­mer Sec­re­taries of State for Scot­land I can re­spect. Hat­ing a man for his ac­cent? Dan­ger­ous ter­ri­tory in­deed, far re­moved from the ‘civic na­tion­al­ism’ so many in the Yes move­ment af­fect. This ‘oth­er­ing’, an as­sumed su­pe­ri­or­ity based on eth­nic or po­lit­i­cal lines, is a hall­mark of the di­vi­sive Yes group­ing.

In sim­i­lar vein, did you catch the sick­en­ing ex­change be­tween Ma­ree Todd, SNP Child­care and Early Years Min­is­ter, and Kate Hig­gins, spe­cial ad­viser to Nicola Stur­geon? The Robert Burns Birth­place Mu­seum chose ‘boak’ as the Scots word of the week and Miss Hig­gins showed her mas­tery of the di­alect (it’s not a lan­guage) by tweet­ing: ‘Tories give me the boak.’

Miss Todd, tax­payer-funded salary £91,407, trib­al­is­ti­cally agreed the Tories made her vomit too.

Miss Hig­gins’ salary is – baf­flingly, given we pay it – a state se­cret but falls be­tween £39,445 and £104,462.

Mean­while, the star-struck First Min­is­ter was pos­ing for self­ies with Cum­ming and call­ing him ‘one of Scot­land’s great­est ex­ports’.

He’s a US-based ham ac­tor whose po­lit­i­cal nous ex­tends to buy­ing an Ed­in­burgh flat in a failed bid to vote in the 2014 ref­er­en­dum and who has now re­vealed th­ese ab­hor­rent views.

If Miss Stur­geon is truly wed­ded to the civic na­tion­al­ism she es­pouses, per­haps she ought to watch the com­pany she keeps. I’LL tell you what I want, what I re­ally, re­ally want… the mu­sic in­dus­try to in­vest in fresh new ta­lent and stop re­heat­ing nos­tal­gia pap-pop acts such as the Spice Girls. Take Greta Van Fleet, an Amer­i­can four-piece I’m hop­ing to catch in Glas­gow in March. Their mu­sic may be vin­tage-tinged rock, but their av­er­age age is barely 20.

Che­quered views: Alan Cum­ming at Baf­tas

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