Building up Britishness in Scotland

AFFG Director flies the flag for the Union 4-5-16.

We can strengthen the Union by maintaining and raising the profile of the British identity in Scotland; by building up Britishness.

How do we do that?


We gave a Speech back in the referendum year on 20 February 2014, in Hamilton, entitled "Being British: Some Practical Benefits and Spiritual Elements". We described some practical benefits, and some spiritual elements, which are interwoven throughout the British identity.

We said that "being British" was about identifying with – and having a relationship which could be described as 'spiritual' or 'mystical' with – the symbols of the nation, for example, with the Monarchy, the Flag; with the institutions of the nation, for example, with Parliament, the Armed Forces, the Churches; with the rituals of the nation, that is to say, the ceremonies; with the art, the craft, the culture, the products of the nation, and with the people of the nation, both present and past.

It is to understand their value, remember them, respect them, cherish and hold them dear, take pride in them, celebrate them, be loyal to them, defend them, fight for them even.

Therefore, to "raise the profile of Britishness" is to Do These Things!

It is to use the symbolism, support the institutions, participate in the rituals, celebrate the art and the craft, support the culture, buy the products; learn and recall to memory our history, and cherish the people of our present and past.

To do so is to Transmit the British Spirit through British Substance.

If we are to hold the Union together, we need the Substance not only the fine words!

WITHOUT the SUBSTANCE there is NO SPIRIT (and Vice Versa)

If we want to build up belief in the United Kingdom then we must give the idea of the UK Substance.

If you create the physical Substance, then this helps to transmit the Spirit, which in turn helps people want to remain part of the Substance...which encourages more Spirit...which creates more Substance.

Without getting too mystical about this, if you are not doing something, then it is not existing.

Only when it is existing will people see it, and hear about it, and feel it; only then will they know about it; and only then will they want to be part of it, and want to keep doing it; or not as the case may be.

But it has to be done, or it doesn't exist.

In other words, if we want Britain to exist, we have to...Do It.

The opponents of Britain's unity understand this very well.

That is why the SNP decreed in 2018 that the Union Flag was no longer to fly on any of the "Designated Days" (see below) for Union Flag flying, on any of the buildings of the devolved Agencies which it controls.

By putting the Flag of the UK out of sight, they know they can put the UK out of mind.

At the macro-level, here are some things our politicians would do well to also know about...


A Member of the AFFG Office Guards. Pic AFFG 17-2-19.

The military is one of the ways in which a sense of Britishness is transmitted and made manifest throughout Scotland.

Running down the Substance of the military is to run down the British Spirit.

For example, today you could try to "save money" (inverted commas) by running down the amount of ceremonial duties, or public Armed Forces Days, but you will ultimately run down Britain – and the Union – because you are removing the practice of things which conveys the spiritual meaning and value to everyone who views them, who hears them, who learns about them.

By closing down the practice, you close down the meaning and value which these things are representing.


Heavy industry in Britain is another way in which the British Spirit and the identity associated with it have been spread throughout Scotland and Britain. But successive British Governments have been responsible for running down the Substance.

Here's an example of it being potentially run down right now – even though the power to build it up is directly within government hands!

We need 3 new "Fleet Solid Support" ships for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – which is a civilian-manned fleet, owned by the MOD, which supports Royal Navy ships, including refuelling them. It's a major production order of around a billion pounds.

But this contract has been put out to international tender!

A Force For Good believes there should be no question that all Royal Navy/RFA related contracts should stay in the UK, as a matter of deliberate policy!

After all, "the Free Market" is not a flawless ideology. The world is not a level playing field. Other countries may be subsidising their industries, and have lower costs and lower wages. Yes, of course we agree that state support is not suitable in every case, but there are times when it is – this being one of them!

The "cost" (inverted commas) of these ships should be thought of as an investment in British industry rather than a "cost". The money and skills should be circulating in the British economy for the long-term...not for a short-term the South Korean economy! (1)

We mention ship building: Let us give you an example of how heavy industry can invoke spiritual feelings of patriotism in our hearts and souls.

We were researching the history of "Red Clydeside" and we read an interesting autobiography of one of our Glasgow politicians at the time, the socialist MP, David Kirkwood. He was partly responsible for getting the Queen Mary built and launched at Clydebank.