Scottish cringe

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The Scottish cringe is a cultural cringe relating to Scotland, and claimed to exist by politicians and commentators.[1][2][3]

These Scottish cultural commentators claim that a sense of cultural inferiority is felt by many Scots, particularly in relation to a perceived dominance of English or anglocentric British culture, partly due to the importance of London, within the United Kingdom, and consequently a sense of Scottish resentment and underachievement. The cringe is said to manifest as:[citation needed]


Opposition has been voiced to the idea that this sense is widespread.

For example, Scottish historian Niall Ferguson (a Harvard professor), in a piece in the Daily Telegraph,[5] put forward a position that in fact:

The author then proceeds to put forth why the Scottish identity should be put in liquidation.

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  1. ^ "'I want to end the Scottish cringe'", BBC News, 28 February 2004. URL accessed on 10 June 2006.
  2. ^ "Taking Scots beyond the 'cringe'", BBC News, 24 November 2003. URL accessed on 10 June 2006.
  3. ^ We must shake off the Scottish cringe and win back our sporting pride",, 27 March 2004. URL accessed on 10 June 2006.
  4. ^ Unger, J. (2010) "Legitimating inaction: Differing identity constructions of the Scots language" in European Journal of Cultural Studies Volume 13:99-117
  5. ^ "Happy Hogmanay - and to celebrate, let's put Scotland into liquidation". Telegraph. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 

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