The weekend’s Scotland on Sunday contained another in a long series of doom-laden predictions about the state of an independent Scotland’s defences, including the assertion that current Scottish soldiers would choose to stay with the British armed forces rather than join Scotland’s because it’d be more exciting.
The Sunday Times, meanwhile, wasn’t being quite so careful.
“Beckham called up for 1914 replay
Organisers hope the star will add his firepower to a recreation of the England-Germany match in no man’s land
DAVID BECKHAM is to be called out of retirement to lead England in a final game against Germany — but this time in the name of reconciliation.”
Wait a minute – which match? Lead who, now? Wasn’t the whole deal supposed to be that we were “Better Together” because we all fought the beastly Hun as one glorious United Kingdom? We’re not sure that quite so many Scots would have gone and willingly shed their blood on the soil of Europe in the name of “England”.
We should, of course, probably be quite glad to be left out of the massively tasteless “commemorations” for the 100th anniversary of World War 1’s outbreak next year. But it’s hard not to regard it as an insult on top of injury that the expensive Jubilee-style hoopla will so crassly write Scotland’s disproportionate sacrifice out of history entirely.
You can read the entire article here. It contains the word “England” five more times, “British” just twice, and “Scotland”, “Wales” and “Northern Ireland” not at all. (“Britain” and “United Kingdom” are also absent.) Our very favourite bit is the paragraph where it manages to work in a mention of “England’s World Cup winning team of 1966”. Two World Wars and one World Cup, doo-dah.
It does however also graciously note that “members of the England football team are likely to be joined by players from the other home nations and possibly some serving soldiers”. So remember, folks – we’re Better Together in England (Plus Guests).