What can I say? I am horrified that Auckland quite large Scottish community is feeling most aggrieved today because their request for a measly (remember they are Scottish!) $13.000 was turned down by whatever body on the City Council that funds such requests. Imagine their horror when they received this letter. How must they feel; after all, are they not founding members of the Queen city? Let’s face it, most towns and cities in New Zealand have some sort of representation from Scotland in their make-up. What town does not have a ‘pipe-band’ regularly reminding us at various functions of their presence?
A spokesperson for the ‘Scott’s’ reminded us on talkback radio (Don’t forget to find out about my latest book (TALK TO ME) that should be on Kindle very soon, or is available in hard copy from my website) of the many ‘other groups’ who receive quite large amounts of money to celebrate the diversity of our fair city, including the Chinese New Year, Diwali, Polyfest, just to mention a few. Is it that the Scottish have been here so long that they don’t need to celebrate their wonderful contribution and culture? Is it that Billy Connelly has offended us with his ribald nature and thereby caused the city fathers (but not the mothers) to turn away from our Scottish friends and neighbours?
Surely this magnificent portion of our community should be honoured and if you all think about your background, there is a bloody good chance that you too carry Scottish genes. I know for fact that I do, given the name (Rankin) on my Mum’s birth certificate. So now, I too take offence and demand that this miscarriage of financial justice be corrected immediately! If not, then stick up a website or number so that those if us with Scottish heritage and those who love them and even those who wish to bribe those bands ‘not to play their bagpipes’ can contribute. If this does not happen, I strongly urge all the fore said bands to parade every morning in all the main shopping centres, playing ‘Scotland the Brave’ until their demands are met. Long live Scotland!