In the Observer today, Peter Preston seems to be saying that the News of the World lost the Tommy Sheridan case largely because they were an English paper defending a story in a Scottish court. Like a football team facing a hostile crowd away from home, perhaps. He goes on to say..
English newspapers have always feared fighting libel cases in Northern Ireland, where being from London is a handicap, not a help.
Which struck me as a bit odd. Do we really distrust the English that much?