It is incumbent upon me as the sole Scottish contributor to this blog to wish all readers a very happy St. Andrew’s Day! And with the recent rejection of some of the more absurd elements of the SNP Government’s minimum alcohol pricing proposals, I’m sure many of my fellow countrymen and women will particularly enjoy raising a glass or three to our patron saint this evening.
Whilst our national day may not have quite the same appeal as St. Patrick’s Day – thanks for that, Guinness – I’m sure many readers are well aware of the contribution made by Scots in shaping the modern world, from great intellectuals and writers, artists, industrialists and innovators. However, I humbly apologise for some of our more recent exports such as Gordon Brown and Susan Boyle…
For Liberal Vision sympathisers especially, we need no reminder of what Scotland has bequeathed to humanity: liberal thinkers such as David Hume and the father of modern economics, Adam Smith. Over the intervening centuries, their work still provides compelling arguments relevant to contemporary society, politics and economics; indeed, I only wish more politicians and policymakers would reacquaint themselves with those two towering figures of the Scottish Enlightenment.
So wherever you are on the globe, take a few minutes to reflect on how good the Scots really are!