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Peas In A Pod: Alex Salmond’s Nigel Farage Problem

by | 14th, September 2014

ARE respective SNP and UKIP leaders Alex Salmond and Nigel Farage two peas in the same pod?

Dominic Lawson :

In his book Civilisation and Its Discontents, Freud wrote: “It is clearly not easy for man to give up the satisfaction of this inclination to aggression. They do not feel comfortable without it . . . I once discussed the phenomenon that it is precisely communities with adjoining territories, and related to each other in other ways as well, who are engaged in constant feuds and in ridiculing each other like the Spaniards and the Portuguese, for instance, the north Germans and the south Germans, the English and the Scots. I gave this phenomenon the name of ‘the narcissism of minor differences’.”

What Freud meant is that we often hate most intensely those who most resemble us..

So, for example, the “English” political movement that the Scottish nationalists most affect to hate is Ukip: its leader, Nigel Farage, was at severe risk of being beaten to a pulp by demonstrators when he ventured to Edinburgh last year,

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