Nan Shepherd, a ‘blazingly brilliant writer’, to appear on the new Royal Bank of Scotland £5 note. No, we’ve never heard of her, either.

Our thanks to Francis for this piece of BBC feminist propaganda.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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  • epistemol

    Her picture on the note is eerily reminiscent of those old Soviet propaganda art works shewing members of the heroic proletariat looking forward into the bright socialist future.
    But then Scotland has a long history of flirting with socialism.

  • I prefer the otters, actually.

    • Blazingly brilliant fish catchers, by all accounts.

      • William Gruff

        Precisely, and who knew more about otters than that Blazingly Brilliant writer Gavin Maxwell? Couldn’t they have put him on the note?

  • epistemol

    To put Churchill only on the new English £5 note, and Jane Austen on the ten, is little short of an insult, suggesting a novelist must worth twice as much as him. Incidentally, the Telebarf reporting the story describes Churchill only as “a former prime minister”.
    Oh, is that who he was? – I was wondering.

  • In The US,former President Andrew Jackson will be dropped from the $ 20 bill and replaced with Harriet Tubman, under pressure form liberal and feminist groups. I also did not hear of her until a few days ago.
    Obviously, a very similar pattern is taking place with women essentially introducing socialism, while men simply sheepishly look on and keep quiet. All in the name of good old gentlemanly manners.
    A very high price to pay, for trying to stick to a code of conduct, completely out of step with present day situation on the ground. There comes a time when one simply must get out of one’s comfort zone,face the reality and start acting accordingly.

  • daddybones45

    * The Queen, her mother and Britannia (the symbol of British indomitability; a helmeted female) have appeared on RBS banknotes.
    * Very recent BoS notes have featured a generic female scientist, female distillery bystanders and some female violinists on three issues.
    * Mary Slessor has been specially featured on a Clydesdale note.
    * The Commercial Bank of Scotland featured women on a 1950s note.
    * Late 19th Century £1 notes from Caledonian Bank featured only women.

    Whether RBS have uniquely been remiss on “main” issue notes only, or rather that Scottish banknotes have not tended to feature people so much as scenery, feats of engineering or battle, I can’t say.

  • “I am delighted that we have been able to involve the public throughout this process; from the workshops and surveys that helped to decide on the theme, right through to the public vote that resulted in Mary Somerville being chosen to feature on the £10 note.”

    Except when the public don’t agree with your feminist agenda.

    Ms Somerville had already been chosen by the bank, despite finishing second to Thomas Telford in a public vote.

  • We can console ourselves with the fact that, contrary to popular belief, Scottish bank notes are not legal tender in England – or, indeed, anywhere – not even in Scotland. They are merely tolerated. A bit like MGM.

    • William Gruff

      Not many people know that, nor what the term ‘legal tender’ actually means.

  • Nan Shepherd quote: “Am I such a slave as that? Dependent on a man to complete me! I thought I couldn’t be anything without him- I can be my own creator!”.