To Digby Jones, if you browse The National: I’m just thinking about your crabbit
HOW coincidentally that Iona Fyfe writes on Scots Leid on Sunday, while a few inches above Ruth Wishart uses words like “wee shilpit” in her article (“Team GB” cannot hide the fact that the UK is an uneven abomination, August 1), the very weekend we heard a former Lord – yes, one of those paid unelected ones – Lord Digby Jones, criticizing a woman for her accent!
Sports presenter Alex Scott offended Lord Jones by not saying his g’s at the end of words. But as a woman of color, with an Irish mother and Jamaican father, Alex Scott quickly pushed him away, proclaiming his pride in his working-class family and telling young children to “keep striving, keep striving. shine”.
READ MORE: Alex Scott blames Lord Digby Jones for criticizing his coverage of the Olympics
What is it that some people so quick to denigrate the accents, the patois of “others”? What allows some to dominate others, to find faults, to ridicule aspects of the culture of others, be it language, clothing, food?
And since speech, tones, and accents are said to be so closely tied to identity, class, and background, guess who is frequently, negatively criticized most often, fastest? That’s right, the working class, women and BME.
There has been a lot of research on the perceptions around accents here in the UK, old and new. The way we speak, the words we use, have been shown time and time again to feature in how we are evaluated in job interviews, in our social ranking. In one such research, Liverpudlian’s accent fared badly, being classified as “the most unintelligent”.
READ MORE: Lord Digby continues to dig with Alex Scott’s criticism of the Olympics
Think then how many times we have seen and heard the negative and mocking connection between stereotypes and language on big and small screens. The Scots, the Irish, or the singing head title used to represent Asians. Apart from anything else, such stereotypes then fuel the misconception that nations are made up of one homogeneous mass, which therefore should speak, think, act, dress and eat as one, immediately denying the differences. the very ones that make up the rich tapestries of the nations. .
So Lord Jones, if you happen to read The National and assume they’re posting this, I just think you’re a crab and piss me off.
Was Priti Patel raised near sports presenter Alex Scott? She, like Alex, doesn’t say her g’s at the end of a word.
THE independence movement in Catalonia is above all democratic, and this takes precedence over its independence tendencies. In other words, he sees no other way to gain independence than by democratic means. It’s simple: democracy comes first and independence must be the consequence.
For the Spanish state, on the other hand, the unity of the state comes before everything, including democracy, and – as he has shown – it is ready to impose itself through violence, violating human rights if necessary. established in its own constitution in order to arrest and destroy any political opponent who could undermine the economic, judicial and military power which remains in the hands of those who were already in power under the Franco regime.
These are the same people who today support the monarchy established by dictator Franco himself and who veto any investigation that might reveal the corruption of these powers. A not very impartial judicial and police system feeds the far right which is unleashed with impunity.
On October 1, 2017, the government of Catalonia called for a binding referendum where everyone could vote and answer with a “yes”, “no” or a blank vote to the question: “Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state under the form of a republic? ”The“ yes ”won 90% with a participation of 43% despite calls for a boycott of union forces and violence by the Spanish police. The result has not yet been finalized. implemented even if, to date, there is a pro-independence majority in parliament since 52% of the votes were for the pro-independence parties.
Many human rights institutions have denounced the abuses and violations of Spain’s rights, which the state tries to cover up by insisting that it is a “democracy in its own right”. They want to convey to the international community the false idea that “the Catalan problem has been solved”. Is Catalan independence a problem? Or is it an opportunity for the democratization of Spain? And is the conflict resolved? What do the Catalans think? The conflict will never be resolved if it is removed by force and while the Catalans are not allowed to decide their own path.
In Europe, the Spanish state claims its rights as a member but shies away from its commitments, which ends up affecting the credibility of the EU itself and weakening it in the eyes of the international community.
Ultimately, to put it simply: Spain is the only country in the EU where fascism has won the war.
Pepi Oller i Comellas