““Begbie and the like are fucking failures in a country ay failures. It’s no good blaming it on the English for colonising us. Ah don’t hate the English, they’re just wankers. We are colonised by wankers. We can’t even pick a decent, vibrant, healthy culture to be colonised by. No. We’re ruled by effete arseholes. What does that make us? The lowest of the low, the scum of the earth, the most wretched, servile, miserable, pathetic trash that was ever shat into creation. I don’t hate the English. They just get on with the shit they’ve got. I hate the Scots.”
Irvine Welch, Trainspotting
Lively, potent critique and sharp dialogue, before Welch’s novel descends into self-parody. Much of it is pretty horrible but with the current tension with Westminster seemed somehow appropriate.