Here’s an interesting statistic for you – there are more Scottish Tories in the House of Commons than there are SNP MPs.

David Mundell is often held up as the only Scottish Tory at Westminster but David is infact the most southern-born of those in the House of Commons hailing from north of Gretna.

The full list is as follows:

Liam Fox (MP for North Somerset) – born in East Kilbride
Iain Duncan Smith (MP for Chingford & Woodford Green) – born in Edinburgh
James Gray (MP for North Wiltshire) – born in Dunblane
David Mundell (MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale) – born in Dumfries
Lorraine Fullbrook (MP for South Ribble) – born in Glasgow
Iain Stewart (MP for Milton Keynes South) – born in Hamilton
Michael Fallon (MP for Sevenoaks) – born in Perth
Eleanor Laing (MP for Epping Forest) – born in Paisley
Michael Gove (MP for somewhere) – born in Edinburgh

Some may be wondering as to why Rory Stewart is not on that list, holder of an unmistakable Scottish accent and the Conservative MP for Penrith and The Border, but sadly his Wikipedia page has his place of birth down as Hong Kong. I guess that technicality helps to cancel out the leader of the SNP Angus Robertson who some may be surprised to know was born in leafy Wimbledon.

That’s a final score of 9 – 5 in favour of the Scots-born Tory MPs over the Scots-born SNP MPs.

Not that, I’m sure you’ll agree, any of this really matters. Where an individual is born is a rather arbitrary factor in the grand scheme of things.

That said, we as a country go bananas for Andy Murray and JK Rowling and Billy Connolly and Annie Lennox by dint of their birthplace alone. We are proud by association of their success and consider Scotland, and ourselves by extension, to be in some regard partly responsible for their situation. Not an unreasonable argument by any stretch of the imagination.

However, the tendency stops stone dead when it comes to Politics, particularly conservative politicians.

His role may have ended in ignominy but until recently we had a Scot in charge of the reserved brief of Defence in the shape of Liam Fox. That’s a union dividend right there or, at the very least, a reason to be cheerful. I don’t think it’s xenophobic to think that if one was a Scottish solider in the front line then one would have a little internal grin at having a political leader with the same accent, even if it gave you no practical advantage. It’s a little national pride thing, and there’s no harm in it. Similarly, Iain Duncan Smith from Edinburgh is one of the few members of the UK Cabinet who gets the scale of the challenges that underpin Scotland’s deepest ills and he is well placed to do something about it as the Work and Pensions Secretary, another Cabinet position with direct control of Scotland. Isn’t that a reason for a swelling of the Scottish chest moreso than a man who can cycle round a track very fast, Sir or no Sir?

Further afield, we have a (small-c) conservative Scot potentially poised to take over the leadership of Germany. What a celebration that will run through David McAllister’s family home City of Glasgow and Scotland at large if that day comes to pass! A Scottish leader at the world’s top table at last. Perhaps not the exact situation that the SNP has always envisaged but a wee fillip for Scotland nonetheless, surely?

They say there are no heroes any more, noone to look up to who can inspire us but we clearly have such people at home and abroad. Why don’t we know more about them? Why don’t we follow their progress more closely and know of their past more intimately?

Is it possible that in Scotland our choking hatred of everything Tory is so blinding that we deny our own sons and daughters the share of national pride that they have earned?