A SCOTTISH author is launching a double-barrelled attack on English domination of Scottish language, history and culture, with “peelie-wallie politicians and lickspittle journalists” chiefly in his firing line.

Stuart McHardy will this month launch two books published by Luath Press which follow up his controversial 2015 work Scotland’s Future History that questioned why so much of Scottish history was written from a “British” perspective.

Scotland’s Future Culture directly follows that book and looks at literature, oral tradition and geomythography – a subject on which McHardy teaches – as opposed to just political history.

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“Restricting the whole notion of our past to just political history is a nonsense,” said McHardy in an exclusive interview with The National.

“It’s stupid. I reject the idea of political history as the biggest guide to our past in its entirety.

“We have to start looking at all of Scotland’s culture and history over the past few hundred years and not restrict our vision to just political history.”

The second book is set to be much more controversial. The Wey Forrit is a polemic – “an extended rant” as McHardy calls it – written entirely in Scots which attacks from a left-wing perspective the accepted ideas and traditions of the past 300 years.

McHardy said: “In this book I say what I think needs to be done politically and culturally in Scotland, and I have written it in Scots because one of the problems has been the suppression of our languages with all the attendant cultural problems that had brought.

“I am at the stage in my life where I have decided not to be polite in this book, particularly because of the problems which I refer to as the impertinence of the English, not just with our culture but with cultures other than their own.

“I have quoted Professor Nicholas Boyle extensively in the book. He wrote an article in The New European a few months ago which the mainstream media ignored because he talks about English exceptionalism and their arrogance and stupidity over Brexit in particular.”

McHardy particularly enjoyed Boyle’s analysis of current Prime Minister Theresa May’s attitude to the other nations of the UK.

Boyle wrote: “The Scots and the Irish are ‘divisive nationalists’, according to May, for wanting a say in negotiations with the EU, but she does not notice the English nationalism in her claim to speak for the Scots and Irish against their will, or in her imposition of the English nationalists’ vision of the EU on the Scots and Irish, whom the voting pattern in the referendum showed not to share it.”

McHardy said: “He got that spot on, but the English don’t think they are nationalists – they think they are above that. They are not living in the real world and we are in the midst of the biggest political crisis which has affected the UK since the war because of a playground fight between adolescent posh boys.”

McHardy assails the attitude that the UK has replaced the British Empire in English mindsets: “Unfortunately that attitude pervades too many of the institutions in Scotland as well, particularly the media.

“This is supposed to be a Union of two nations, but Westminster doesn’t think that way – they never have and they never will, which is why our history and culture must be re-examined as so much has been written out of our history by the English in the name of Britain.”

What he calls in the book “peelie-wallie politicians and lickspittle journalists” combine to be the “gatekeepers who are doing rather well out of the Union” and McHardy retains his greatest scorn for the mainstream Unionist media.

McHardy said: “The voice of Westminster, the Vow, and the Establishment Broadcasting Corporation are getting worse by the day. The majority of the media are so corrupt with their MacEnglish attitudes – it is time to stop being polite to them and to stand up and be counted for Scotland.”

Both books will be launched at Blackwells bookshop in Edinburgh on October 19.