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Old 26th January 2008, 20:59
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Robert Burns - a hypocrite? - surely not!

Check out this contrary view of Scotland`s national bard.

Robert Burns: Socialist hero or just a Scottish social climber? - This Britain, UK - Independent.co.uk
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Old 1st February 2008, 21:58
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"We should salute the reckless courage of Gerard Carruthers, lecturer in Scottish literature at Glasgow, who argues that Robbie Burns is not quite the pure socialist some of us might like him to be.
"Robert Burns did not crop up much during last year`s celebration to commemorate campaigners such as William Wilberforce, who struggled to bring about the abolition of the slave trade."

No. On the contrary, the hypocrite made plans to emigrate to Jamaica - a slave colony!
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Old 2nd February 2008, 07:55
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Gerard Carruthers, lecturer in Scottish literature at Glasgow
A local? No, just another Anglo-Saxon revisionist...
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Old 2nd February 2008, 21:09
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A local? No, just another Anglo-Saxon revisionist...
Please explain, or shut up!

Did Robert Burns , our dodgy national bard, plan to emigrate to make his fortune, in Jamaica - a slave colony - or not?

Put up, or shut up.
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Old 8th February 2008, 11:16
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Surely Burns's taking the oath as an Exciseman - a post of significantly Anglo-influenced patronage, is enough to demonstrate where his sympathies lay?
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On the contrary, the hypocrite made plans to emigrate to Jamaica - a slave colony!
Fact is that he didn't though.
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Old 2nd October 2008, 15:33
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I don't know about being a hypocrite but the fact is he wrote some beautiful poetry. My personal favourite is A Man's a Man for A' That.

I found a beautiful rendition of it on YouTube, an clip from a TV show presented by Melvyn Bragg.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-r95f2uOMY

Famous Scots reciting a beutiful Scottish poem. What more could a man want?
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