Unexpected backing for Scottish Independence?

Michael Portillo with a few truths that dare not speak their names on Andrew Neil’s This Week show last night:

On the BBC politics show This Week, he was challenged by host Andrew Neil, who asked: “So for party advantage, you are prepared to break up our country?”

Mr Portillo replied: “No, not just for party advantage. The Scots would be probably a great deal better off if they weren’t subsidised by England.

“From the point of political advantage, the Conservatives have a better chance of being in government if Scotland is not part of the affair. You are continuing to assume the Union is sacrosanct. That is not an assumption I make any more.

It’s not as though he’s not thought about it before:

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