The comedy show Burnistoun included a really funny sketch about civic pride, which is one of my favourites (it’s at about 15:50 into the clip):
I was reminded of it this week when the comedian Susan Calman received a barrage of abuse for saying something perfectly accurate about Scottish politics. As the Scotsman reports, Calman said this about the independence debate:
At the moment it is just two people shouting, â€˜Aye, we will have itâ€™ and someone going â€˜No, we wonâ€™tâ€™
Perfectly true and not vaguely party political, so of course some people have gone crazy. It turns out that Susan is a traitor who has betrayed all of Scotland. She’s received death threats. Internet death threats, of course, but they’re still death threats. As Brian Wilson writes, also in The Scotsman:
The idea of anyone taking offence at this is almost beyond belief â€“ anywhere but in Scotland. And that is the reason why Susan Calmanâ€™s subsequent blog on the subject deserves the widest possible audience of thinking people in Scotland.
This ties in with something Susan talked about on Twitter recently: the lack of satire on Scottish television. At the time I thought the problem was Rory Bremner Syndrome – it’s near-impossible to get satire right, and it often comes across as unbearable smuggery – but I’m beginning to wonder if it’s because broadcasters just can’t be arsed dealing with the inevitable abuse.
If you’d like to read more, Susan’s blog is here.