Charles Kennedy in the European Parliament
I thank Sameed for this flickr image-the one I referred to in yesterday's post is not available via the electronic Berwickshire. Anyhow Mr K was in the Borders to promote the BBC Scotland TV programme on the tricentenary of the '1707 Treaty of Union' as the Berwickshire describes it. Some of the footage was taken in Berwick where the 'locals refer to themselves as English, Scottish or Berwickers' as the fancy takes them and dependent on their state of sobriety and to whom they are talking. Presumably a significant number are also likely to claim to be Borderers. After all Berwick was the regimental HQ of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers now part of the Royal Regiment of Scotland. A Scottish regiment based in an English garrison town: there's an army of occupation for you. And Berwick Rangers although an 'English' team play in the Scottish league to spare English minnows like Sunderland and Newcastle United too much and too near, competition.
Mr Kennedy's programme has as its title the answer to the ancient conundrum 'How do you recognise a well balanced Scotsman? '
Answer 'He is the one with
a Chip on Both his Shoulders'
(Nice one BBC Scotland)