If you have ever been to Great Britain you will know that the English love denigrating the Scots. Occasionally, the odd Scot has been known to woad up and over-react a wee bit but mostly we consider this wing clipping to be jolly good fun and [ahem] not in the least bit discriminatory or racist.
Until my first legal job I had not really met many English people. When I finished my degree I took a legal clerkship with Firm C in Lincolnshire a place famous for sausages, Margaret Thatcher & place names like ‘Little Twitching in the Woods’. Before Firm C allowed me anywhere near a client file I had to prove my self-reliance skills by answering the phone in an English accent; making the tea; buying groceries for the partners’ wives and fighting off the office letch at the photocopier. Thereafter I was assigned to WW a corporate/IP partner who swore creatively and delighted in taking the piss out of me at any opportunity.
‘How bloody pretentious’ he said catching a glimpse of my University of Glasgow degree ‘you can’t sodding speak any effing English and yet your &@###arse degree’s printed in Latin for some bollocks reason’
And there it is in a nutshell, the reason for the North/South divide. We Scots are quite simply better educated than the English (and they know it).
In Scotland, right up until very recently, studying Latin and Classical Studies was compulsory (ancient Greek was optional). Scottish schools believed that study of classics gave us a solid basis for learning English grammar and modern languages. Now, thanks to Harry Potter, lots of little English people are learning Latin in school.
Now that the Pommy Soap Dodgers are wise to the incantation Petrificus Totalus, we’ll have to resort to ancient Greek spells come the qualifying rounds for the next World Cup…