David Starkey--TV historian sparks fury of a nation with 'feeble little Scotland' jibe

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A LEADING historian was under pressure to apologise yesterday after he described Scotland as a "feeble little nation".

David Starkey also hit out at Robert Burns, describing him as a "boring provincial poet", and dismissed bagpipes as "awful" on BBC's Question Time.

The outburst provoked 72 complaints to the BBC and the show's website has been inundated with comments from angry viewers.

Professor Robert Crawford, of St Andrews University, a Burns expert and poet, said the attack on Scotland's Bard was typical of a recent strain of English nationalism.

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