Gordon’s tight Scots fingers on the UK purse…

Fascinating exchange in which the Belfast Telegraph’s Ed Curran’s easy stereotyping of the Scots, and the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer as, well, ‘tight’.

EC: Some people have suggested that the British Government has been pretty mean – and Gordon Brown in particular – with you and the new power-sharing administration? What is your view on that?

IP: Well we have an economic package? It is not as good as it should be, and it is not as good as it will be, but I think that we hit the ground at a very rough time, because there was great difference between 10 Downing Street and 11 Downing Street? And I don’t think that Mr Brown is a Stalinite.

I think he is a decent man. And he knows Northern Ireland, and he knows it because he was brought up in a Presbyterian manse and there is a great likeness between the Scottish situation in many ways and our situation.

EC: So you don’t think he is a bit tight?

IP: What?

EC: A bit tight, like the Scots have a reputation for being tight.

IP: No, what I think is this here: the man had other very important things on his plate at that time. And I think we did… maybe we did not put the case as well as we could have done, I don’t know.