We haven’t had one of these for a while, but it’s a peach. Phil Welsh is an official of the Unison trade union in Dundee, though we notice he’s recently removed that fact from his Twitter bio. We’ve had to block him now for associating with our hate-crazed psycho stalker, but earlier this week we were having a chat about the bedroom tax and Labour’s evictions policy when this happened.
See below for the rest of the conversation.
“ATHLETES taking part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year will be able to choose whether they represent Scotland or Great Britain, The Scotsman can reveal today.
Secret talks have been held in the aftermath of last year’s London Olympics, and every British sportsman and woman who qualifies for Glasgow 2014 will be offered the option of representing Team GB.
The decision means that for the first time in Commonwealth Games history, a catch-all Team GB will compete alongside the individual nations of Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland that make up Great Britain. Individual competitors will be expected to choose.
The announcement means that Scotland’s top competitors, including Andy Murray and Sir Chris Hoy, could opt to compete under the Union flag rather than the Saltire.
Insiders said the idea was given the go-ahead after organisers agreed that the camaraderie and “strong” British label contributed to the UK winning 29 gold medals across the event.
Other sporting greats, including Mo Farah, will be given the option to represent Team GB or England.
It is understood that the measure was discussed with the Queen – head of the Commonwealth – in the weeks after the London Games.”
Obviously, the piece didn’t originally have “April Fool” in the headline. We can only assume Phil found an old link and didn’t bother to look closely before posting it. In what was a pretty bad-tempered week in the independence debate, it was nice to get a wee chuckle to lighten the mood. Bless you, Phil.