Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand accuses nationalists of making him English on Wikipedia

Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Franz Ferdinand singer Alex Kapranos. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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FRANZ Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos has complained that “nationalists” keep changing his entry on the online encyclopedia Wikipedia to say that he is English.

After living in Scotland for more than 30 years – and fronting one of the county’s most famous bands – Kapranos refers to himself as Scottish.

Now the 40-year-old is angry with internet users who keep changing his entry on the free encyclopaedia to make him an “English musician”.

Kapranos moved north with his parents when he was seven years old, went to primary school in Edinburgh, high school in Bearsden, East Dunbartonshire, and Strathclyde University.

He wrote to his 52,316 followers on Twitter yesterday: “How long do you have to live in a country before you are considered from there? I moved to Scotland aged seven. I’ve been there 33 years. Yet there are nationalists who ‘correct’ my Wikipedia page.”

Kapranos, who was born in Gloucestershire to an English mother and Greek father, added: “I’m Scottish, of Anglo-Hellenic descent. Stick that in your bagpipe and smoke it.”

It appears Kapranos himself is changes his nationality back to Scottish on Wikipedia.

The editing records for the site show it was switched back around the same time he took to Twitter to complain.

His remarks sparked a fierce debate on Twitter with not all of Kapranos’s followers appearing sympathetic.

One commented: “Some might say, if you’re born in England you’re English.”

Kapranos hit back: “Would you apply that to someone born in India who’d spent all their life in Scotland and thought of themselves as Scottish?”

Jim Young tweeted: “No offence Alex but back in my day you had to be born in the country to be that nationality but you couldn’t pick a better one.”

Bryan Gregg wrote: “Yer English son, deal wi’ it J”

Others backed Kapranos. Grainne Braithwaite said: “I was born here and moved back here 15 years ago and according to Scottish people I’m not Scottish either so don’t take it personally.”

Cath Discbton (corr) added: “National identity should always come from within. If you think you’re Scottish, then Scottish you are.”

One user, Polina, questioned why Kapranos was searching for himself on the internet, asking: “Don’t say that after all these glorious years you still Google yourself?”

Alex replied: “Keeps you sane, which is why you should never Google yourself. In the worst scenario you might find nothing.”

One user edited the singer’s information on Wikipedia on July 16 this year replacing the words “Scottish musician” with “English musician.”

Another user, called Lockesdonkey, added in late August “(raised partly in Scotland)” after the words “English musician.”

However, today an anonymous user changed Kapranos’s profile back to say “Scottish musician.”

Franz Ferdinand, currently working on their fourth studio album, formed in 2002 and became one of the biggest indie-rock bands of the noughties.

Kapranos met drummer Paul Thomson at a party and the duo played in Glasgow band The Yummy Fur before forming Franz Ferninand.

The band went on to have three hit albums, including platinum-selling You Could Have Had it So Much Better, in 2005.