Not a Daily Mail reader but thanks for making an assumption about me.
Thanks for the link. I’d like to say it was an interesting article but it was just the sort of drivel I expected.
My criticism was never about a Scot supporting a Scot. I’ve traveled to watch Andy play in England and France and every single time I’ve had the Saltire with me. I’ve worn it around the grounds and I’ve waved it in the air before, during and after matches. I’ve seen Andy play in Glasgow as part of the GB Davis Cup team and I’ve had the Union flag with me. I’m always happy to wave that flag in support of the whole GB team.
“Saltiregate is not about the flag waving, it is about the person waving the flag at the end of the day and that is more cause to criticise those attacking Salmond for using the issue as a political stunt to try to add to their scaremongering over Scottish independence.”
It’s about both. I’ve NEVER seen anybody wave a flag in the Royal box. Am I surprised that Salmond was the first person to do it? Nope, not in the slightest. There were plenty of Scots and Brits on Henman hill and in centre court waving their flags. Where was Salmond’s flag during the match? If this was all about supporting a fellow Scot then why leave it until the end of the match before he whipped the flag out? By all accounts Salmond had the Saltire with him last year. Where was it? I don’t remember seeing it last year. Then again Andy didn’t win last year did he? Yep, probably wasn’t worth getting the flag out.
“In fact several people breached the same rule by waving Saltires and Union Jacks before, during and after the three set match. Somewhat ironic that these critics are not consistent in their condemnation – which proves that it has nothing to do with the flag nor the ruling – it is a political stunt by Salmond’s opponents and nothing more. A clear indication that these so-called great Britons are looking to overshadow one of the greatest Scottish sporting achievements of this generation, to further their own political cause.”
We’re comparing how fans behave with how we should expect the First Minister of Scotland to behave. Seriously? Did anyone doubt he was there to support Andy? No.
“A clear indication that these so-called great Britons are looking to overshadow one of the greatest Scottish sporting achievements of this generation, to further their own political cause.”
Oh dear god. It’s laughable. It really is.
“I cannot deny that it was great moment, convenient and a perfect photo opportunity for pro-independence supporters, but the only peddlers of political stunts are those denouncing the First Minister for actually supporting a Scot in a way that most Scots would do.”
Not even sure what to say about the above statement.
“Here is a wee ditty for those critics of Salmond’s patriotic flag waving to sink their teeth into..”
Yes, I guess it’s only fitting that the Scotzine article should end with a video of the Scottish Rugby team singing Flower of Scotland. Who are they playing in the video? England no less.
Yes, I forgot you can’t be much of a Scot if you criticise Alex Salmond. That's me told.
For me the Wimbledon final was about supporting Andy Murray. Nothing else.