Much has been made, not least by his own publicists, of Gordon Brown's support for the United Kingdom and of his desire to see the Union Flag flying from all our public buildings. He is a proud Scot (and why not, there is much to be proud of) but he loves the United Kingdom and all her constituent parts too.
So he would have us believe.
Yet Brown's last act as Chancellor was to discriminate against England and almost his first act as Prime Minister was to insult her by appointing "Ministers" for her imagined "regions". Scotland and Wales are proud and united nations within the United Kingdom. England, the largest home nation is naught in Brown's view but a collection of provinces. England, whose language, culture and technological innovation shaped the modern world more than any other nation, is - in Brown's opinion - no nation at all.
Brown's repeated incantation of the phrase "the nations and regions of Britain" proves that his professed love is pure cant. He seeks to divide and rule England, as so many of her enemies before him.
The Claim of Right, signed by Gordon Brown in 1988, read:
We, gathered as the Scottish Constitutional Convention, do hereby acknowledge the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of Government best suited to their needs, and do hereby declare and pledge that in all our actions and deliberations their interests shall be paramount.
He has been true to his word. No-one denies the Scots' right to self-determination. On the contrary, a majority of the English now wish they would hush their noise and be off, taking Brown with them.
A mere 163,000 Scots are net contributors to the United Kingdom's Treasury, a situation for which Brown - after 10 years in charge of the nation's finances - must take the blame. The English people are the largest nation of the United Kingdom and, disproportionately, its paymaster, yet they count for less and less with each day that New Labour remains in power.
This man cannot remotely be trusted to protect their interests.