The 'Media Mole' feature at the New Statesman had a short piece last night poking fun at the Sun's decision to back the Tories in England and the SNP in Scotland in simultaneous front pages. It was later updated to include the Sun's justification - namely that the two editions of the paper have very different readerships, and you wouldn't expect the Scottish Sun to back the England national football team. The update concluded with this bizarre observation -
"This is a fair point. The Scottish Sun probably couldn't get away with saying that the English national team shouldn't be allowed to play football at all, though."
I get the impression that's intended to be a really obvious analogy that can be understood instantly, but I can't make head nor tail of it. Is the idea supposed to be that the SNP wants to ban England from existing as a nation? As far as I can see they're rather keen on England becoming a nation in a much more complete sense than has been the case over the last 308 years.
Any other thoughts?