Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Commenting on the Scottish Crisis

Amongst the welter of comment on the Scottish referendum and its potential to cause chaos for Scots and English alike here are two good articles from the Daily Telegraph

The first, published yesterday is by the well-respected commentator Ruth Dudley-Edwards, who I think would term herself Irish-British, and can be read at Scotland should heed a harsh lesson from across the Irish Sea

The second, from today, is by Peter Oborne, and emphasises the seriousness of the situation, and indeed who is, or are, in his view, to blame. It can be read at Our worst constitutional crisis in 300 years.

1 comment:

Sadie Vacantist said...

You post links to a paper that is not free on line anymore. I did read Ruth's piece earlier today and couldn't make head nor tail of it. The equation for papists is simple - they fear an independent Scotland because they fear persecution by protestants. The reason why her and Odone cannot bring themselves to explicitly state this is the same reason why girls were raped in Rotherham - the same climate of fear. I suspect many Catholics will not vote especially the lapsed ones. Billy Connolly has already set the tone in that regard.