Ulster-Scots

CERTAINTY PERSONIFIED: The Ulster-Scots detractor Part 3 – ‘Pulled through the eye of the needle’

Moving beyond the stereotype with Rhyming Weavers by John Hewitt

ULSTER-Scots Language/Leid Week has been and gone, but alas describing the antics of the detractors is far from exhausted yet. 

(For those interested in moving beyond the stereotype ‘Rhyming Weavers’ by John Hewitt is a good place to start. First printed in 1974, it was reprinted in 2004 with a foreword by Tom Paulin.)

John. Hewitt

There are many common detractor types in our prejudiced society using certain rhetorical techniques, to browbeat, degrade and dismiss. 

Here is number three and four:

Third: set up a couple of factually correct ideas as a needle, and draw the universe of every other factual idea that could also be said about the past 400 years, through the eye of it.  

Examples: Many planters came from England, therefore Ulster-Scots is rubbish. 

The Presbyterian church has strong theological roots in England, therefore Ulster-Scots is rubbish. 

Fourth: set up the Irish populist ‘certainty’ of the national oneness of all-Ireland as a needle and draw principal of the Ulster-Scots narrative through the eye of it. 

Examples: There is no Ulster-Scots tradition of music it’s all Irish (or Scottish). 

There is no Ulster-Scots/Scotch-Irish diaspora, it’s part of the Irish diaspora. 

Be rhetorically unassailable in these views using the maxim that it is easier to destroy than create. 

Delude yourself that wrapping these views in nationalist or pseudo progressive idealism somehow makes you tolerant, equal and fair. 

More detractor types to follow 

©Ten Grand Leo

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