Diary: He’s no wee sleekit, cow’rin’, tim’rous beastie

Quentin Bell, a regular feature on this page over the years, has been ruffling a few feathers north of the border lately.

Quentin Bell, a regular feature on this page over the years, has

been ruffling a few feathers north of the border lately.



Bell was recently invited by BBC Radio Scotland to talk about Scottish

culture and the way the Scots present themselves abroad in light of

their positive contribution to World Cup spirits.



As usual Bell was forthright: ’The Scots must stop being obsessive about

their ’Rob Roy’ culture,’ he told listeners. ’The wearing of kilts by

the national football team in their pre-match walkabout was an own

goal.’



It’s not that Bell dislikes skirts but he claims that the Scottish

team’s behaviour during the World Cup just served to reinforce old

fashioned stereotypes. ’What Scotland needs to do is to express its

modernity in industries like fashion and technology,’ Bell continued

constructively.



Then in a typically cunning attempt to win Scottish hearts Bell told

listeners that Scotland should free itself from ’the emotional coat

tails’ of England.



To put the icing on the cake Bell tells me that devolution is not enough

for Scotland: ’It must form its own time zone,’ he says. ’In one swoop

that would position it as a separate country.’



However it emerges that Bell has his own agenda: ’It would also give the

English an extra hour’s daylight in winter.’



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