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Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Thu Jul 12, 2012, 03:11 AM (5 replies)

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Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Thu Jul 12, 2012, 03:09 AM (5 replies)

Insensitive of her to glorify a figure which lead to the persecution of a whole people.

To many the negative actions of him has had long lasting effect. After all this was a time (1740-46) where Westminster was discussing plans to sterilise the women in the Highlands. People like him thought so little of 'these' Scots in a similar way they think of the Irish.

It comes as no surprise that the racial superiority they had was also adapted and easily used to justify African enslavement and the genocide of American tribes.

"Red-coated British soldiers scavenged the Highlands in its aftermath, burning villages, raping women, killing all the 'vermin', 'banditti' and 'scum' suspected of being rebels even those who had fought on the government side. One English officer wrote to Cumberland that several hundred homes were "burned already... [but] still so many more houses to burn" (11). Another reported that his troops had, "carriedfire and destruction as they passed, shooting the vagrant Highlanders that they met in the mountains and driving off their cattle".(12) The black cattle, the basis of the Highland economy, were driven to Fort William and sold onto Yorkshire traders in order to starve the people and devoid them of any means of support."

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She says:
"The fact that the Duke was such a politically controversial figure brings an unexpected and interesting dimension to the work and brings to light the issues I wanted to explore through this project."

Ignorance on 'the subject' of her art isn't a interesting dimension.

(11) James Hunter, Last of the Free, (1999) p.19

(12) James Hunter, The Other Side of Sorrow, (1995), p29-30
Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Sun Jul 8, 2012, 02:59 PM (0 replies)

Perfumed effigy of ‘Butcher’ Duke raises a stink in the Highlands

HE WAS known as “Butcher” Cumberland, the perpetrator of a bloody stain on Scots 
history that will never be washed clean. Yet a new 
statue to the English Duke is to be unveiled.

The life-size statue of Prince William Augustus on a horse is to be erected in Cavendish Square, London, later this month on the exact spot where his previous effigy – removed in the 19th century because of his ‘war crimes’ – once stood.

The statue will be made of soap, as part of a City of Sculpture art project, and will eventually melt away, but the work has provoked anger in Highland Scotland where “Butcher” Cumberland is still reviled.

South Korean artist Meekyoung Shin became intrigued by the empty Cavendish Square plinth on her frequent visits to London. She is renowned worldwide for soap sculptures that are deliberately allowed to erode to convey the temporary nature of historic events and how they are differently perceived as time passes.

According to the Haunch of Venison gallery in London, which showcases Shin’s work, the one-year-project “is supposed to bring focus to the passage of time as the sculpture weathers.

“As the sculpture erodes, the scented soap will disintegrate and release a perfumed aroma. The details of the statue will soften and fade over time, symbolising the mutable meanings we attach to public monuments and, in a wider sense, to all aspects of history.”

The Duke – the younger son of King George II – put down the Jacobite uprising at the Battle of Culloden on the 16 April, 1746. However, it was the barbarity of his orders that have echoed down through history. The Duke insisted that no quarter be given to the wounded and, after the battle, his men spent hours scouring the battlefield bayoneting to death any wounded rebels.

She added: “I have, of course, been aware of the politically sensitive relationship Scotland has with England but I was not fully aware of the resurgence in the issue in recent times. The fact that the Duke was such a politically controversial figure brings an unexpected and interesting dimension to the work and brings to light the issues I wanted to explore through this project.”

Paul Scott, the president of the Saltire Society, said: “I think this is terrible idea. He was the ‘Butcher of Culloden’ who not only massacred wounded men on the field of battle but tracked down and killed many Jacobites in the days and weeks after Culloden. As far as I know he had few redeeming features and is certainly not deserving of a statue. The plinth should be left empty.”

Roderick Balfour, an independent councillor for Culloden said: “I know the people round here would regard it as an affront, even though it is a soap statue and might wash away pretty quickly. This is not the kind of thing that will improve relations between the Highlands and England.”

Read the whole article here: http://www.scotsman.com/scotland-on-sunday/scotland/perfumed-effigy-of-butcher-duke-raises-a-stink-in-the-highlands-1-2399182

A effigy of 'Stinking Billy' the ‘Butcher’ she doesn't understand his actions will never wash away.
Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Sun Jul 8, 2012, 01:59 PM (6 replies)

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Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Sat Jul 7, 2012, 11:15 AM (5 replies)

British, English, Scottish - Who do you think you are?

In England, people of Pakistani origin feel more British than members of the white population, according to a new survey, whereas in Scotland a sense of British identity is much weaker.

British versus English

Britishness has been successfully promoted as an open identity that is multi-cultural and multi-ethnic - but it is important to ask why people from ethnic minorities almost never describe themselves as English. It is still perceived as an ethnic identity.

Labour leader Ed Miliband touched on this in a recent speech when he said: "We were too nervous to talk of English pride and English character. Connecting it to the kind of nationalism that left us ill at ease."

North of the border, Scottishness trumps Britishness, even among ethnic minorities.
He did not say it so bluntly, but Mr Miliband's concern is that for too long English national identity has remained the preserve of racists.

The debate is different in Scotland where British identity is much weaker than in other parts of the UK.

According to the report, if there are two persons who are exactly similar in every respect other than country of residence, then the person living in Scotland is predicted to report a Britishness score that is 1.04 points lower than a person living in London.

North of the border, Scottishness trumps Britishness, even among ethnic minorities.

Questions of identity

Professor John Curtice, from Strathclyde University, told Channel 4 News: "In Scotland, Scottishness has been sold as a multi-cultural identity and it does not have the same association with xenophobia as Englishness."

Prof John Curtice
Scotland's most prominent Asian MSP, Humza Yousaf, says that questions of identity have become more fluid and unrestricted -

"Take my own example. As an Asian Scot born in Glasgow to a father from Pakistan and a mother from Kenya, I went on to marry my wife, Gail, who is a white Scot born in England to an English father and Scottish mother.

He adds: "I would challenge anyone to accurately define the identity of any children we may have in the future. Will they be a quarter Scottish, a quarter Pakistani, a quarter English?”

Posted by MichaelMcGuire | Sun Jul 1, 2012, 04:02 PM (24 replies)
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