It's a playful interview with Norman Stone, who has a book to push. There are some typically sparky comments from the Professor:
Stone was born in Glasgow and still retains his Glaswegian accent, which makes his eastern European languages sound all the more authentic. Does he have any sympathy with the Scottish Nationalists? He snorts again. “Put it this way: when the British Army puts down the Scots with fire and the sword, I shall be riding on the tanks, acting as their interpreter.”
Should be music to the ears of some Scottish Labour MPs given how they came out in hives at mention of a coalition with the Nats. I've rarely witnessed such dismissive loathing expressed by one party about another on this island. Strangely, though, Labour and Plaid work fairly harmoniously together in the Welsh Assembly Government. Why does there seem to be so much more antipathy between the Labour and the nationalist party in Scotland than in Wales?
I have a feeling I know what the Professor's opinion might be. He once remarked to me: "The Scots are either on their knees or at your neck; the Welsh don't even reach up to your knees".