The prospect of a British football team appearing at the London Olympics in 2012 appears to have receded after David Cameron said a government led by him would not support the idea.A clever and populist point of view with very little apparent disadvantages to the proposal- FIFA gets a Team GB, the four Home Associations keep their separateness and David Cameron gets honorary membership of the Tartan Army...probably.
The Conservative leader said he would not back the creation of a UK squad, which has been strongly opposed by the Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh football associations.
While Gordon Brown backs the proposal, the Tories favour a home international championship to decide which team should represent Britain at the Games.
“I learnt a long time ago from watching Scottish friends watching various football teams playing that this was a subject best for politicians to steer well clear of,” Cameron said.
David Mundell, the shadow Scottish secretary, said Westminster would not seek to jeopardise the existence of a separate Scottish football team.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Cameron says "No" to Team UK
Crafty stuff from Cameron: