Monday, May 4, 2009

Appointment on merit, nationality, or the old school tie?

Perhaps confirming the Willie Ross precedent that the most committed British nationalists can paradoxically prove to be the most parochial Scots, this Scotland on Sunday article reveals that former Scotland rugby captain Jim Aitken has donated £100,000 to the Conservative Party, but also notes that he has dismissed talk of Englishman Andy Robinson becoming Scotland rugby coach as a "lot of nonsense" - solely on the grounds of his nationality. Well, I can't say I've been following the ins and outs avidly, but the last time I checked that particular piece of 'nonsense' seemed highly likely to come to pass.

Fancy that, someone being appointed on merit. Isn't that the stock explanation for why it's perfectly all right that half our future Tory cabinet all went to the same school?

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