From Robert Fripp’s blog:
A deeply-ingrained aspect of Englishness
is, regrettably, envy. Resentment of others, notably those we imagine
to have something that we do not, seems to permeate the natives. Who do you think you are? is the question addressed to those who are perceived to be aspiring to a position a little above their station, who have forgotten their place.
To aspire to the mundane, to the average, to the unexceptional, is a
laudable aim in English affairs, and more than should be kept close,
private & unspoken. If an English person pursues excellence, in
itself an American expression, then they had better be prepared to meet
the animosity engendered especially in those who believe they know us
best; that is, family, friends, acquaintances & persons of the
locality. A mere ordinary-animosity is the province of those not
intimately or closely connected to the perceived-personage.
And I thought that was just Scotland …