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As a blogger, it’s self-evident that I’m all for free speech, but as a Scot I won’t stand for being the subject of xenophobic abuse by an English journalist. A responsible newspaper proprietor would fire Paul Hayward and discipline his editor.

Yes for Scotland.


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  1. Kate Johnston
    February 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Sorry I am a true Scot but I totally agree with Paul Hayward. The Scottish team’s basic skills were pathetic and there is no excuse for that. They are not putting in the hard graft

    • February 10, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      You agree that the other Five Nations, including the Italians, and the Welsh who were possibly worse than us on Saturday and lost by a greater margin than we did, should tell the Scots to pull their socks up? Would you apply that argument to the England cricket team after its performance in the Ashes series? Hayward’s basic premise is offensive nonsense; he knows it, and he knew what the reaction would be; that’s why he ran with it. A fine example of Kipling’s maxim: Power without responsibility – the prerogative of the harlot through the ages.

  2. February 10, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Sorry Quintin I can’t agree. As a fiercely proud Nationalist I was ashamed of the display. England’s drubbing in the Ashes – a blip. Wales against Ireland another one off. Scotland is in danger of becoming a long standing embarrassing joke. Probably the strongest journalist for the Yes Movement agrees,


  3. February 10, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    Look back at our performances over the last couple of years and tell me we’re that bad. We’re not, and I’m having no **** of a Telegraph journalist insult us. That’s what my blog was saying.

    We’re the weakest of the four home nations at the moment, and the coaching situation is inept, but we are not hopeless by a long shot. The only real disgrace is the state of our national stadium, and the fact that nothing has been done since the autumn internationals to cure it. I could add that in conditions where the scrum was struggling to stay upright, the Scots seemed to be penalised rather more than the English, but I won’t. There are only two decent international referees in the Northern hemisphere and we didn’t draw one of them.

    England’s Ashes performance was no blip, it was the culmination of a period of mismanagement, bad captaincy and general decline. All the notorious ECB ‘statement’ says to me is that KP was a victim of cliques within the squad, and management team. It will get no better any time soon, not until they appoint a head coach along the lines of Scotland’s own Paul Collingwood, a hard sod who actually knows the modern game and players.

    As for Derek Bateman, good for him but, I’m amazed that a journalist, of all the professions, can’t spell Heineken.

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