For many people, the entire concept of Scotland Versus England is nothing more than an archaic football match once a year, and for many, football matches are so far down the priority list, it is of little interest. But for a lot of people, people who remember the recent wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, the South Atlantic, will know the Scots are not only exceptionally brave but mightily powerful opponents. To hear the skirl of the pipes in the distance lifts many a heart to go on and work harder in the most appalling of conditions.
As a Brit, I have heard in the distance the pipes of 2 Para and have known with absolute assuredness, the Scots were there and prepared to hold the ground while refugees poured over the line. To quote the Infantry web site, "The Second Battalion forms part of 16 Air Assault Brigade. Through ... hard training, the airborne soldier is expected to develop resilience, self-confidence and a fierce determination to succeed, whatever the difficulties. ... a winning factor time and again on operations."
In other words, the Army trains and selects only the best, and the best are the best in the world, a lot of Scots are selected because Scots exhibit all the qualities that are needed to be successful.
Problem solving is a skill that creates invention. Scots are among the most prolific of inventors, they solve so many problems it is hard to keep track of, some include Penicillin - Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 - 1955), The Television - John Logie Baird (1888 - 1946), The Telephone - Alexander Graham Bell (1847 - 1922),(Tarmac - John McAdam (1756 - 1836), RADAR - Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt (1892 - 1973) (visit http://www.scottish-at-heart.com for more information)
The above inventions changed the world, changed for the better, the above men were Scots, the men were problem solvers. And lets not forget people like King William I "The Lion" (1143-1214), he adopted the heraldic symbol of the red lion rampant on a yellow background. That symbol is still seen on Scotland's Lion Rampant flag today. William Wallace (1274 - 1305) at the Battle of Stirling Bridge he Defeated Edward I's Army.
Think about people like Arthur James Balfour, James Keir Hardie, John Mackenzie and others too numerous to mention. My point is, these people were not born to be famous, they were not given all the success automatically, they didn't all inherit the rights riches and privileges to become world famous and legends in their own right, they were for the most part, ordinary people, no, they were people of Scotland.
They were for the most part advised and coerced to stop doing whatever it was they were trying to do, because it wouldn't work, or there was no money in it, or it simply couldn't be done. They all, to a man, had to struggle, work harder and stay focused because they had a feeling, a feeling they were right, it was something they wanted more than anything else.
They did not have 45% of the country on their side, they were most often alone, and entrenched in the profound belief that what they were doing was right.
These Scot's I talk about went on to achieve things that were believed to be impossible, they managed through self determination to change the world and every element in it. The Scots have now shown they are capable of self rule, of walking onto the world stage and staking a large claim of it. The Scots have the ability and determination to change the world as we know it. The Scots manage the impossible.
Should England be worried of this? The only people in England that worry are those that seek to milk and steal the fortunes of the Scots for their own advancement, from Parliament to the BBC, from the Banks to the Shipyards. Keep the Scots looking in bins for food and queuing up at food halls and you have them in your pocket, is the common misperception of many of the English Lords and Gentlemen who believe they have the power.
If you should ask an English politician , or even a past Prime Minister who was kicked out of office for complaining about a woman being dour, if this is true, they will fall over backwards to convince you it is anything but the truth. As soon as you turn your back, they change the rules, invoke new laws and make it harder for anyone to get a foot in the door, they have been doing this since Queen Elizabeth the first, and they are good at it.
Now we have all the ingredients for the Scots to secede from the United Kingdom, except for one thing, Mr Alex Salmond started a ball rolling, a ball that gathered so much momentum, a ball that was intercepted by a wall of lies and untruths, a wall of disinformation.
Yes it stalled, but we need only one person to get that ball rolling with so much more vigour and might than the English can hardly imagine. It is possible the country that has so many Inventors, poets, builders, politicians or note, so many explorers and soldiers, carers and nurses, is it possible that we can find one person with the ability to grab that ball and continue the devolution roll, is it possible in four million people, I bet you it is, and I can tell you with some certainty, that person will be a Scot, a Scot with a dream and a Scot with a sense of purpose, and they won't be working on their own, they will have forty five percent of the nation's population working with them, cheering them on and motivating them.
The Saltire will not be hidden from the World Stage, The freedom of the Scottish nation will not fade away.
Scots manage the impossible.
Scots manage the impossible.
by Kaela Street 21st September 2014
Attributed in part to: Famous Scottish People http://www.scottish-at-heart.com/famous-scottish-people.html#ixzz3DwNdy5iA