Lazy day here today, after a busy week, though tonight I must pack my bag for a few days out of Jakarta.
Just polished off some siomay purchased from a passing vendor, Rp.15,000 – about $1.50
(for foodie readers, siomay is a steamed dish, tofu, cabbage, potatoes etc. served with peanut sauce or soya sauce – plenty of recipes on the net!)
But while I devoured my snack, I spun the search for odd bits of news, and found this appalling story of alleged separatist bigotry in The Scotsman yesterday. http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/fashion/scottish-independence-union-jack-chic-flagging-1-3333623
The tale is told by an Italian student reporting mean-spirited reactions to his Union Jack hat.
“You will be charged more in local shops and taxis and you won’t be treated so well by some of the locals.”
“I think the first time I noticed the actual, real, hostility was when I was wearing a Union Jack hat from Primark…The taxi driver had been looking at me in his mirror and giving me dirty looks. He overcharged me and then when I got out the taxi he started driving backwards when the door was still open.
- “Then in shops I had people looking at me as if to say ‘what the hell?’
Though I would say there are some people who do not react like that. I think it will only get worse with the referendum coming up.”
A sad story!
And to me, incredible.
Last time I was up there, quite a few years ago, Glasgow’s Saturday streets were brightened by Rangers fans carrying their red, white and blue banners on their way to support their team.
The majority of Scots, while not frequent attenders at Ibrox Park, were proud to be Scots AND Brits, just as all good Ulsterfolk are proud of their little homeland and their citizenship in the United Kingdom.
- Indonesian readers can translate those concepts into their own pride in their Javanese and Sundanese ancestry and its perfect compatibility with Indonesian patriotism.
So is the young Italian’s experience an accurate reflection of the current climate in Bonnie Scotland?
My own first thought was that the cabbie may well have been a Celtic supporter, and assumed he’d got a fan of the ‘Teddy Bers’ (Scottish rhyming slang for the Gers) as a passenger. Some Celtic fans can be that, though not all, by any means.
But the shopping stories are certainly surprising, and disturbing.
The report of course has all shades of political opinion denouncing his account as nonsense. But he’s clearly not making it up – why would he?
I guess we’ll learn how accurate his assessment is when the SNP’s referendum results come in.
My money’s on a unionist win.