'Resigned understanding' of Scots
I traversed Glasgow today. By car, then by the subway, then on foot.
The roads were busy. Our subway carriage was crowded.
As a gentle rain fell, permanently threatening more, the city centre streets offered a diverse, swaying bustle to those who cared to glance.
While in one shop, the news came through that the airport had just reopened.
“That’ll be good news for Jean,” commented one woman, “she’s trying to get off to Florida.”
Another said: “I expect it’ll be tight security again, ye’ll no’ be able to take any shampoo in your case and that sort o’ thing.”
But it was said with resigned understanding - not anger or even indignation.
In a large shopping centre, my eyes fell upon patrolling police officers - and the mall’s own security guards.
Doubtless, they are always there. Somehow their presence seemed more pertinent, more salient.
I also couldn’t help but glance at passing members of our Scots Asian community: a few traditionally dressed, most following the new customary fashion of jeans and trainers.
I couldn’t help but worry whether there might be an entirely unwarranted backlash against that section of our Scots society, whether indeed it had already begun.
Alex Salmond put it rather well when he said that acts of terror are committed by individuals, not a whole community.
He appealed for calm, as have Scots Asian leaders. The new Prime Minister spoke for all - or, by sad definition, nearly all - when he urged resilience in the face of terror.
Glasgow, gallus Glasgow.