We’ve always felt Britain would be absolutely right to boycott the 2014 Sochi Olympics. But on the eve of the shooting down of MH17, I feared our Olympic boycott could have damaged our credibility. But it hasn’t, and that makes my job easier.
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Rick Salutin, chair, UK and Ireland Olympic Movement and president, Games Branch, International Olympic Committee
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I read the article by our nominee for Lord Mayor of London on the relationship between the Olympics and London as part of my regular reading of the paper. I’ve only just recently returned from a meeting with two British representatives from the International Olympic Committee: Dr Tszyu, who oversees strategy for the city and Jan Van Barneveld, who looks after the IOC’s profile in the UK.
Cary Cooper was absolutely right to point out that none of the events or threats surrounding the original IOC General Assembly will be known until they become real.
The people of the UK deserve an explanation as to why the British government feels it is in the national interest to continue bullying a sovereign state, using diplomatic pressure and threats to pressure it. That is all well and good but we should be doing that with our heads held high.
Cary Cooper, chair, UK and Ireland Olympic Movement
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In my own mind, the way Scotland is tackled in the general election by every Scottish MP seems to be part of the same general strategy to keep the House of Commons as pro-Remain as possible. There is always going to be a Left and a Right in Westminster. However, I think they’re getting carried away with the fallacy that we should completely and unconditionally support all of the mandates of the EU membership that Scotland voted for. The forces in the Labour party – and many people in the Liberal Democrats – seem oblivious to the reality of the times. They just want to play to Ukip’s gallery of half-truths, and offer the Brexit vote but not to the Scottish electorate.
This weekend’s paper was typical of this flawed thinking in the way it failed to understand Scottish perspectives. What was it going to say? It would have said Scotland is going to have to continue to pay a levy for the rest of Britain. But my experience has always been that in the wake of devolution, the general public have not had any trepidation about paying all of the bills for the rest of the UK.
The article surely had to admit what I know to be true: that Scotland has a say in the continued use of the pound. I cannot see why the British government should continue to spend huge amounts of public money attempting to court indifference.
Richard Mountford (@unleashedrichard) Today’s front page of The Guardian: SPL schools in ‘crisis’ over lack of funding; former FM JMG warns against further Brexit: http://t.co/RtMb0jFZaU