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Olympian debate

20 May 2007

6:58 PM

20 May 2007

6:58 PM

Should Scotland have its own Olympic team? Alex Salmond thinks so, and his point is far from trivial. For the SNP, politics is sport carried on by other means. I was working in a bar during the 1992 Olympics in the naval town of Rosyth, and I’ll never forget the celebration there when Linford Christie’s won the 100 metres. Nor will I forget the dismay of one regular, a Scottish nationalist, who hated to see his fellow Scots cheer a British victory.
 
In Scotland, the chance to cheer a world-class sporting success comes all too rarely. On Andrew Marr ‘s BBC show today, Mr Salmond said I suffer from “Scottish cringe”. Far from it. I’m just proud of being British. And like two-thirds of my countrymen, I’d like Scotland to stay that way.


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