Not the only funny thing they teach you over there.
(e.g. Gordon Brown - Scottish family, Scottish constituency, Scottish accent, Prime Minister of the UK 2007 - 2010...)
I just made the point that the PM after him, Brown, has a very well-known and deeply-rooted Scottish identity.
The lack of general awareness is probably 99% to do with his accent. But as any fule kno, the poshest Scots talk with the same accent as the poshest English people, and Tony Blair is nothing if not a total posho. He went to Fettes, after all. I watched a programme not long ago on BBC Alba where they were talking to the Countess of somewhere in the north-west, and she sounded as English as English could be (no Gaelic of course).
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