what a great place Scotland is to have a holiday or do business in, and what wonderful food and drink and culture we export all across the globe – not to mention our pride in our sporting history, personified by heroes like Eric Liddell.
It’s a bit rich for Mr Salmond to complain about a lack of funds for schools and hospitals while spending almost half a million pounds on a plush London address during the Olympics. Spending the equivalent of a nurses’ annual salary every day on the exclusive Pall Mall address when Dover House was available free of charge is a colossal waste of money.
An invitation was made to the Scottish Government to use Dover House to promote Scotland, something that both the UK and Scottish Government are keen to do during the Olympics. It is one of the government’s finest buildings and Michael Moore has already hosted receptions there this week to take advantage of its prime location to promote Scotland on the world stage.
To say Dover House would not have been suitable simply makes no sense. It smacks of putting party politics ahead of taking advantage of the Olympics to benefit Scotland.
Alex Salmond and other Scottish Ministers’ divisive language on the Olympics, where he talked about “Scolympians” going for gold, without recognising the rest of Team GB, seems churlish and mean-spirited. Is he seriously suggesting Scots should be proud of gold medal winning rower Heather Stanning who was raised in Lossiemouth, but not of her Cornish partner Helen Glover? One minute the SNP tell us that independence shouldn’t scare us that we’ll still keep the Queen and the pound and stay British. The next, we’re only to be proud of Scots athletes and not the rest of the team to which they belong.