Well, that's how Benedict Brogan describes the shipbuilding decision in the Telegraph this morning. Con Coughlin continues the meme, writing "I am sure I am not alone in thinking we are paying too high a price for keeping a few querulous Scots on side". And around the place are some quite nakedly offensive anti-Caledonian comments that would never make it into print if they were about blacks or chinese. The decision to axe 2 RF is also commonly attributed to the need to keep the RRS intact and gets thrown in. Spluttering red-faced Blimps have come as close to calling the Scots porridge wogs as they dare. This is worrying.
As a Localist I'm fully in favour of 'devo max' - that is, devolution of all government powers to Scotland except those that can only be exercised effectively at a national level, such as defence, foreign relations, air traffic control and the like. I'm also fully in favour of a similar devolution of power in England.
But if Portsmouth and the Clyde are of equivalent capability and I had to choose between them, I'd pick the Clyde too. And for political reasons that are not just about the referendum, but to create and foster a shared dependency. England and Scotland are partners in the Union, despite our disparate size. Theirs is a proud and ancient Kingdom that honours us as partners and allies and has stood alongside us in battle for three hundred years. Remember that tomorrow the shipbuilding decision may be between the Clyde and Toulon.
(NB I suspect I'm going to take a kicking on this)