Brilliant piece by Pat Kane from ‘the National’ about the risks of heritage branding for our self image and the need to assert who we are – worth reading the whole thing.
“The point about nation-state independence is that it plants your feet firmly in and on the world – and importantly, the world recognises this.Who we are is how we exert sovereignty over ourselves. The arms are opened wide to “aye – but you’ll have to take us as we are”. Because we are here, fully and properly.We’re not just a place to visit. We’re a ground that owns itself, a ground you are more than welcome to come and enjoy. But it’s a ground upon which arguments about its development and direction will rage, vigorously and healthily – because the direction of an independent nation is at stake. And that’s who we are, too.”
Now in the Amazon top 90,000
The only element in the piece I take exception to is a comment about the need to include grumpy novelists – a gross generalisation – I think happy novelists should be promoted to.
Did I mention there is a book out?