I have always envied the ability of Western Europeans to keep their quarrels and animosities at a civilised keel. The Walloons and the Flemish have been at loggerheads in Belgium for a very long time without any physical violence. Even violent Northern Ireland has been very peaceful for many years now. I have known Scots people living in London publicly hold forth on the distinctiveness of their Scottish identity and even the merits of an independent Scotland without any fear of assault or victimisation. However, as this news report shows, things are not always so. I hope that this despicable incident is not repeated anywhere.