North of the Border is a very tired old euphemism for Scotland wherever it is used, but I suppose that it is acceptable when used by London based newspapers.
Where the use of the term North of the Border for Scotland is absolutely ridiculous is when it appears in the Welsh media. I do wish the Western Mail and Daily Post would stop using it. The only place that is north of the Welsh border is the Wirral. Despite the huge opinion poll ratings that the SNP is receiving, they are not expected to make any gains in the local council elections north of our border.