They don't like it up em
Hopefully the individual who left a sickening comment about Dunblane will have their IP details passed onto the press by Andy's webhosting company and asked to answer publicly for their comments.
Andy Murray responded to criticism of his anti-English remarks by trotting out a damage limitation exercise:
"Want to say that I’m not anti English! I have supported Tim the last 10 years and he is English! Ricky Hatton is one of my favorite boxers and he is English. I said I think England will beat Portugal in my press conference! I made a joke I don’t mind whether England win or lose! Press blew it out of proportion!"
Despite the few that abuse their right to freedom of expression on the internet I remain fully behind the 'Anyone but Murray' campaign and will continue to support his opponents.
Having been on the receiving end of anti-English violence in Scotland (with my jaw broken in two places) I am heartily sick of Scottish public figures reinforcing this anti-English attitude in the Scottish public psyche. This is a Scottish national disease, not friendly rivalry, harmless banter or a joke.
The irony here is that devolution, which was supposed to instill the Scots with self-confidence and a more mature and confident attitude towards their relationship with England, has, if anything, made the situation worse. Devolution has not made the union stronger. Instead it has resulted in a sense of injustice (real and perceived) amongst the English who are now emboldened and simply unprepared to tolerate this uncharitable and, at times, malicious attitude towards all things English
I wonder whether, in hindsight, Andy Murray now wishes he had taken heed of the stupidity of Paul Casey and the wise words of the following letter that was printed in the Scotsman during last year's Wimbledon.
A lesson in fair play
The Wimbledon tennis crowd (mainly English) got behind Andy Murray (a Scot) on Thursday and cheered him to the echo.
But what if a sports tournament was taking place in Edinburgh, with an Englishman playing against a Czech, or any other nationality, for that matter? A Scottish crowd would almost certainly have backed the competitor from overseas and been despondent if the Englishman had won.
Scots should take note of the attitude of Wimbledon's English spectators (which is typical of their approach to the endeavours of all Scots) and stop their mean-mindedness when England is playing teams from overseas.
We Scots should get rid of our inferiority complex, cease refighting old battles and treat our southern neighbours with the courtesy and friendliness they show us.
GEORGE K McMILLAN
It just won't wash any longer. Scotland: You are not put upon, hard -done-by or victims to England's superiority; you are the precious constitutionally mollycoddled spoiled brats of the Union, handed democratic privileges and a funding largesse that the rest of the UK does not enjoy. Respect has to be earned, don't come bleating or offering lame excuses when England reciprocates in kind to your endless antagonism.