SILLY BILLY CONNOLLY; TARTAN BARMY: Comic's rant at patriots.Bigmouth big·mouth
1. Slang A loudmouthed or gossipy person.
2. Any of various fishes having unusually large mouths. Billy Connolly put the boot into Scots patriots yesterday.
He told TV viewers he had a "deep loathing" of Scottish nationalists.
And the Big Yin got ripped into Labour plans for devolution devolution n. the transfer of rights, powers, or an office (public or private) from one person or government to another. (See: devolve)
DEVOLUTION, eccl. law. .
Last night, his vicious attacks during an interview with Sir David Frost For other persons named David Frost, see David Frost (disambiguation).
Sir David Paradine Frost, KBE (born 7 April 1939) is an English television presenter, famed as both a pioneer of TV satire and for a series of legendary political interviews. were condemned by MPs.
Connolly recently upset many Scots by slagging off Mel Gibson's film Braveheart, about Scots hero William Wallace
Sir William Wallace (La. Villemus Valensis) (c. 1272/76 – August 23, 1305) was a knight and Scottish patriot, who led a resistance against the English - and yesterday's outbursts are certain to do the same.
He blasted heroes like Wallace, saying: "I have always had a deep loathing for patriots and flag-wavers and people whose only claim to fame is that they come from a place.
"If your biggest claim to fame is your nationality, you are in deep trouble.
"I love Scotland, I am very fierce about Scotland itself. But I hate the way nationalists think they own the place.
"You always hear them say they speak for Scotland. Well, I am one of the people of Scotland and they don't speak for me."
SNP SNP Scottish National Party
Noun 1. SNP - (genetics) genetic variation in a DNA sequence that occurs when a single nucleotide in a genome is altered; SNPs are usually considered to be point mutations that have been evolutionarily chief executive Mike Russell hit back at Connolly, who built much of his career around being Scots but now lives in California.
Russell said: "He should get back to trying to be funny instead of showing his terminal confusion about Scottish politics:
"I am not surprised he hasn't said anything sensible about Scotland, I'm more surprised he remembers where Scotland is.
"Scotland is bored with him and bored with his comments."
And Connolly later seemed to contradict himself about nationalism when asked about a Scottish Assembly The Scottish Assembly was a proposed legislature for Scotland that would have devolved a set list of powers from the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Labour Government led the Scotland Act 1978 through Westminster which provided for the establishment of the Scottish Assembly. .
He said: "If people want independence, I think that is brilliant, but I don't want a Stormont.
"I don't want a pretendygovernment in Edinburgh and a rush of carpetbaggers carpetbaggers, epithet used in the South after the Civil War to describe Northerners who went to the South during Reconstruction to make money. Although regarded as transients because of the carpetbags in which they carried their possessions (hence the name along the M8 to join it.
"It is just another expensive layer of government."
Labour's Scottish campaign co-ordinator Henry McLeish Henry McLeish (b. June 15 1948, Methil, Fife, Scotland) is a Scottish politician. He served as the second First Minister of Scotland from 2000 to November 8 2001, following the sudden death of Donald Dewar. MP hit back: "A devolved Parliament will not be `pretendy' as he puts it.
"It will be very real, with real powers, the biggest constitutional change for 300 years."
Connolly, once a strong Labour supporter, angrily refused to back any of the political parties for the forthcoming General Election.
And he denounced all politicians as "a bunch of chancers".
The 54-year-old looked like a character from the Old Testament with his flowing grey hair and shaggy shaggy /shag·gy/ (shag´e)
1. covered with, having, or resembling rough long hair or wool.
2. having a rough texture or surface or hairlike processes. grey beard, which he said he hadn't cut for nine months.
He said he regularly visited Samye-Ling Tibetan Centre near Lockerbie.
But he denied he had become a Buddhist.
Millionaire Connolly moved to California to try to boost his career in the States - but his sitcom, Billy, was axed after just one series.
Yet the Glasgow-born comedian gave his strongest hint yet that he'll never return to live here.
He told Sir David: "I love it, I am very happy there. There is no beginning, middle or end. The whole thing is nuts.
"There's an optimism in the air that I love, the same as Australia.
"In Britain, there is a kind of pessimism, especially with the election coming up. Someone is always condemning someone else."
He also talked of wife Pamela Stephenson's new career as a sex shrink.
Proud Billy said: "She is in practice now and specialises in sex, human sexuality This article is about human sexual perceptions. For information about sexual activities and practices, see Human sexual behavior.
Generally speaking, human sexuality is how people experience and express themselves as sexual beings. . She is brilliant at it."