- Martin Pengelly
Anyway, points arising:
1.This Venn diagram, supplied by Commander Chris Hadfield via a reader, does a much better job of explaining the issue than I did.
2. That won’t stop Americans confusing the issue, as the New York Times did last summer when it tweeted that the extremely Scottish Andy Murray had won Wimbledon for England. Whoops.
3. That said, what to make of this, from the New Yorker film critic Anthony Lane: There are many amazing things about ‘Braveheart’. There are Scotsmen with blue faces beating the crap out of wicked Brits.
4. Anthony Lane is British, English, both, one or neither. Up to him.
5. Braveheart is set at the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries, when it was England (or at least the largely French johnnies who then ruled it) vs Scotland. There were Welsh archers involved. On England’s side. I think. And Britain didn’t exist. Or not in anything like the form or concept it does now, it didn’t. Maybe.
6. There is no six.
Advantage: Whomsoever wishes to claim it.