As my local MP, please raise my concerns, shared with others in Ayrshire, about the naming of a new Astute class submarine, ‘Agincourt.’ There are several reasons why this is a bad choice:
1. The battle of Agincourt predates British history.
2. The name is offensive to our NATO allies,France.
3. There were Scots serving in the French army.
4. The battle, on French soil, featured the slaughter of French and Scots prisoners of war.
5. The battle was part of a piratical invasion of another state.
6. The English army was led by a tyrannical, French-speaking, Anglo-Norman aristocracy, deeply unpopular back in England and Wales.
7. Scottish/Ayrshire taxpayers contributed to the costs of this vessel.
There is nothing heroic about this name. Please join the protest against it.
Professor John Robertson
Footnote: Readers may remember, in 2015, then Chancellor George Osborne, announcing £1m to be spent on commemoration of the battle, and describing the French and Scots, ‘an ill-judged alliance between the champion of a united Europe and a renegade force of Scottish nationalist.’
Renegades while still an independent nation?