Britain is not, never has been, and never will be a nation. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is a union of nations, just like the EU is a union of nations. Part of the indoctrination Scots have endured over 300 years within the British Union has been the instruction that our nationality is ‘British’. It isn’t! We belong to the nation of Scotland, which means our nationality is ‘Scottish’. Saying your nationality is British is as daft as claiming you belong to a nation called Europe and your nationality is ‘European’.
The BOA’s “historic agreement” also came as a shock to the football associations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, all of whom immediately issued press statements making clear they had reached no such agreement. In fact, the three associations have consistently stated they would have nothing to do with a Great Britain football team at the Olympics. The reality was that the British Olympic Association had decided to overrule them and attempted to bounce them into allowing Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh footballers to play as Great Britain.
Football is one of the areas where Scotland is recognised as a nation. However, FIFA, world football’s governing body, has a number of members who resent the fact that Britain is allowed four separate ‘national’ teams. A number of FIFA delegate countries have made clear their belief that if Britain is a nation, then it should have only one national football team.
The action of the football associations of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, in not taking part in a Great Britain team, is to safeguard the footballing independence of each nation.
So, what is the answer? It certainly isn’t to allow Scots to play football for a fabricated, pretendy nation called Britain. Scotland is recognised as an independent nation in terms of international football, we should have the same status in terms of Olympic participation.
Team Scotland for the Olympics!