Progress in Scotland

Campus buildings named after Adam Smith, James Watt, and various other inconsequential “dead white men” will be renamed after women and blacks, Glasgow University has announced. I don’t know who they will honor, but one deserving black did occur to me: Cotton Watts, a comedic genius some believe is one of James Watt’s distant descendants.

This revisionism is supported by Nicola Sturgeon, a Glasgow U. graduate and current leader of the Scottish National [sic] Party. According to her, the initiative is “hugely important…Women have done great things and fantastic things, but you struggle to find the evidence of that.”

Finding that evidence is a struggle. It’s almost as if it doesn't exist.


  1. I hate to be pedantic, he lied, but surely Chick is the white female of the duo?
    Nevertheless, James Watt, inventor of the steam powered banjo, should never be forgotten.

    1. Thanks for noticing that, I corrected it to Cotton then thoroughly berated my proofreader.

  2. I make so many horrible mistakes of my own that's it's always a relief to see other people make them too, if only rarely in your case.


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