"Then it is dark; a night where kings in golden suits ride elephants over the mountains." - John Cheever

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Hope is key to future Scotland

Demos reckons that "There’s a fatalist tendency in Scotland that stops people seeing ways to change their own lives and their communities".

3 comments:

Tom said...

Good stuff, though Scots in London moaning about Scotland's lack of optimism is only going to get us so far. We need our best and brightest to get back there. Over to you John....

john said...

but it's dark a lot and the people can be a bit dour (on the east coast anyway). and the property prices have gone sky high and kirsty wark is the queen and everything...

Tom said...

Actually, I don't always buy this 'national trait' stuff. Too often, politicians and policy wonks go around saying that the key to success is hope, confidence, optimism, an entrepreneurial spirit etc.

This is just a way of sounding concerned without doing anything about it. Actually, what Scotland needs a total re-structuring of the UK economy, so that London and SE of England stops sucking jobs, graduates and business from everywhere else. However, can't see anyone really grappling with this one.