Over at Nationalist Mythbusting sm753 is in great form dissecting Alex Salmond's claims to 'civic nationalism'. After donating water during the recent crisis, Salmond explained that the Scottish executive was helping out because 'they' (that is us - the Northern Irish) are "blood of our blood, bone of our bone".
There are two ways of looking at this statement. sm753 is interested in the unrepentant 'blood and soil' ethnic nationalism which informs Salmond's choice of words. At Unionist Lite O'Neill notes that the inter-connectedness of the United Kingdom's peoples is something which nationalists more often attempt to ignore. The emphasis is usually on difference, rather than similarity.
Either way, it would be churlish not to acknowledge an act of generosity on the part of the authorities in Edinburgh. The supplies were no doubt badly needed.
Sadly NIW, out of cack-handed incompetence, did not avail of all the help to which it was entitled.