The idea that a map is just a map is not the case. Maps are drawn in particular ways to express particular points and even political and religious mind sets. This has been the case ever since the first map came into being. Maps with Jerusalem or Mecca at their centre were produced in Medieval times. Maps showing off the extent of kingdom or domain were commonplace. John Speed's map of England made for James VI accession to the English throne in1602 offers one example as does the beauty and colour involved in the William Crawford maps done for the Duke of Buccleuch at Drumlanrig in the . Though both could be classed as utilitarian they also show off the land holdings in the best of lights for their owners.
I had better lay my cards on the table and say that a) I am in favour of the Union and b) this article (http://bellacaledonia.org.uk/2014/02/27/honey-i-shrunk-the-country/) did make me feel upset. Please do have a read as it is interesting as far as mapping is concerned. It goes on about how we view maps and in this case the problem with the BBC weather map. This shows the UK as if seen from space somewhere over the English Channel.... probably quite near to the French coast. As a result Scotland looks tiny in comparison to England when viewed from this perspective. This, according to the article, makes the subliminal message that Scotland is an even smaller and thus less important place than perhaps its size would warrant. The article continues and talks about Mercator's projection being unfair to Africa compared to the Peter's projection etc.
I am sure that Mercator did not mean to offend African nations when he produced his projection of the world in 1569 (especially as most of them did not exist at the time). In the same way I am sure that the BBC did not mean to offend Scots by making their weather map the way that they did. I was however surprised that after reading the article the BBC map view does offend me (slightly!) now that the size implications have been pointed out. Of course it does offend to see ourselves as others see us!
However I do like the idea of that sort of view. If for instance, in a putative independent Scotland, the “view point” hovered somewhere around the Isle of Man and looked North East, Dumfries and Galloway would appear much bigger....and thus much more important. I think that this would put things in a proper perspective with regard to both the over bearing influence of the Central Belt and the impression of our southerly neighbours that Scotland only starts when you get to the Highlands. Who is for Dumfries and Galloway independence?