Jobs for the Scots

Peter Kent (Letters, 10 November) may not have heard of “the Scottish cringe” – the shaming tendency to defer to a confident Englishman (or woman) – but his suggestion that my ­demand for more (indeed most) of the very top jobs in Scotland to be held by Scots, by birth and/or education, is tantamount to ­“national socialism” is absurd.

It is the norm in all countries – especially, perhaps, in those with an overweening larger neighbour with colonising tendencies – to appoint your own people whenever possible.

Sharing an island, a language and a monarchy is not enough. There are very real cultural, ­educational and philosophical differences between Scotland and England which will almost always mean a Scottish applicant will be more empathetic, all things being equal – and these are set to widen.

For every splendid English incomer we are lucky to have among us there is a legion of “carpetbaggers” who, not surprisingly, must pinch themselves at their good fortune (“cheap” houses, beautiful countryside, polite and welcoming natives and jobs, seemingly, on a plate), and who can blame them?

There are always exceptions to any rule, but when the “rule” is so often perceived to be that – wildly disproportionately –smooth confidence and an English accent are enough to land the local government, university or quango “plums” in Scotland, then common sense and self-­respect are the losers.

David Roche

Alder Grove

Scone, Perthshire


Back to the top of the page




In partnership with

Complete coverage of the festivals. Guides. Reviews. Listings. Offers

Let's Go!

No Thanks