All of this is quite in contrast to the Scottish phenomenon (which is not without its contestations) that an “Anglicised” Scots middle class can feel denationalised and invested with less national capital than their working class fellow citizens. Although it’s a complex series of relations – which I’m skimming over here unjustly quickly – I think it is fair to say that few would make the equivalent claim for
Whyte styles this the "textual invisibility" of the Scottish middle class. If you find the idea plausible - whether in whole or part - then it is crucial to return to the more important questions of social power. Unknown quantities are the enemy of representative democracy. Just as we would be suspicious of a figure who wraps up his head in a balaclava, socially empowered Scotland hiding its cranium and the mischiefs that churn there ought to prompt curiosity. And insofar as the climate will permit, disinfectant sunlight.
Just a few, idly sprouting little thoughts. Will return to political blogging in earnest soonish, I hope.