So first of all, an apology to the Scottish Sovereignty Research Group - we had discussed the possibility of me running a guest post about their forthcoming conference in Dunfermline, but when they sent me their proposed post, it went to my spam folder and I was totally oblivious to it until last night. The post I was sent has since appeared on Iain Lawson's blog, so you can read it HERE.
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The decision to more or less abolish the Scotland rugby sevens team and instead only allow Scottish players to compete for Great Britain at the World Sevens Series is a real moment of truth for sport in this country. It gives the lie to the notion that Scottish and British representation in sport can happily co-exist, and that one will never encroach upon the other. The reality is that independence is needed not just to gain representation for Scotland in events like the Olympics for the first time, but also to safeguard existing Scottish representation in other events. It's certainly the only way we'll get our rugby sevens team back now. It's a rather bitter irony that rugby sevens is a sport (or 'sub-sport') that was actually invented in Scotland, and Scotland's two back-to-back victories at the London Sevens event a few years ago were among this country's finest achievements in team sports events. We'll no longer even have a chance to replicate those triumphs - until we secure our place as an independent country.
This is an absolute disaster. Just goes to show you can never be too paranoid about the 'Team GB' obsession chipping away at existing Scottish representation in non-Olympic events. They really are out to get us.https://t.co/SJDI2L1AJl— James Kelly (@JamesKelly) July 20, 2022
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