Monday, 28 September 2009
And, indeed, Nemo Me Impune Lacessit. For the proportion of the population of the Irish Republic that has served in the British Armed Forces, especially the Army, is far higher than the proportion in any part of the United Kingdom, and probably in England least of all. Likewise, militaria is part of mainstream culture in Scotland to an extent quite inconceivable in England. But then, Scotland is in fact part of the United Kingdom. Yet of the five footballing entities in these islands, the one of which the Queen is not the Head of State is the one where by some distance the largest proportion of the population has at some point sworn allegiance to her, even to the death if so called upon.