His tweets may soon haunt him for No Votes Win.
The golden boy of British sport has announced that he does not want to be British any more. At the eleventh hour, Andy Murray came out as a Scottish nationalist, a Yes man, a supporter of independence.
After many years of silence on the matter, Murray broke his cover with a characteristically badly punctuated tweet yesterday.
‘Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on it. excited to see the outcome. lets do this!'
No Andy, let’s not. Let’s really not.
Murray broke his cover yesterday and came out in support of Scottish independence on Twitter
For a start, let me refresh your memory. You are not just some actor or greasy celebrity making a last-ditch Braveheart stand to endear yourself to the online separatists. Although I can see that would have its charms.
Instead, you are the British number one tennis player. You won your Olympic medals for Great Britain; you played in the Davis Cup for Great Britain, you won Wimbledon (postcode: London SW19) and for most of your early career you were funded by the Lawn Tennis Association, the governing body for the sport in the United Kingdom.
It was Britain, not Scotland, which forged you and made you and provided you with the means to become a grand slam champion, a sporting hero.
Over the years, Britain has given you more than Scotland ever did — and this is how you repay the favour?
Of course, Andy Murray is perfectly entitled to his opinion. Some might even say that it is honourable of him to speak his mind on such a contentious issue.
However, he doesn’t have a vote as he no longer lives in Scotland — and if you are a millionaire whose wealth is not directly linked to the Scottish economy, it is very easy to support the Yes campaign and not have to worry about the consequences. In fact, it’s a luxury that very few can afford.
One wonders where all this leaves Murray’s sponsors, Standard Life. The Edinburgh-based financial services company has already said it would move south if the Yes vote prevailed, potentially losing thousands of Scottish jobs in the process.
How will these employees feel about their company spending millions of sponsorship cash on an athlete who supports independence?
Not very cordially, perhaps.
The Scot had previously given himself a 'headache', as he put it, after saying he would not be supporting England in the 2010 World Cup
Yet what appals me more than anything about Murray’s pronouncement is the cynicism of its timing, and the utterly fatuous reasons he gives for supporting independence. Swayed by negativity in the last few days? What utter nonsense.
This week, the No campaign picked up passion and pace for the first time. Gordon Brown, one of Murray’s favourite politicians, made the most passionate speech of his career in defence of the Union. It ignited the No campaign and put some lead in their pencil at last, but Murray must have missed it.
Of course he did. He was thousands of miles away in America, unable to see that it was the brutish behaviour of the Yessers which provided the most negative aspect of this campaign all along.
Worst of all for me is his strategic treachery —– after years of lightly hinting he was a Unionist. How could he?
As a Scot based in London, I have long been a defender of Murray.
Indeed, I’ve been a one-woman shield of McKryptonite, deflecting the English scorn of Andy-bashers and Andy-haters for years. You don’t understand him, I would say. He’s not dour, he’s not miserable: you just don’t get his sense of humour. Under all that ginger furze he is a really nice bloke. He is personable, funny and intelligent. I even cried when he won Wimbledon — it was one of the greatest moments of my life.
Well, now I am claiming my independence from Andy Murray. We are so over. It is not the fact that he has a political opinion, it is that he cynically waited until polling day to let his mischief-making feelings be known.
All this from a man who lives in the Surrey stockbroker belt and in Florida, a man who remains unaffected by the storm that is heading our way, however Scotland decides to vote.
And he has totally overlooked the completely crucial issue. His mother Judy hasn’t got a chance on Strictly Come Dancing after this.
Bob Geldof was among celebrities campaigning for independence, despite not living in Scotland
If it’s not Eddie Izzard and Bob Geldof wheedling in Trafalgar Square, its celebrity SNP member Sir Sean Connery whining from his tax haven in the Bahamas.
This political campaign has been marked by celebrities who have got nothing to do with the issues weighing in on both sides. And I do wish it would stop.
Fair enough for people like J.K. Rowling, who made a financial contribution to the Better Together campaign. And Michelle Mone, who has a business in Scotland and many vested interests. But could everyone else please just butt out?
I know celebrities are keen to be seen as important and intelligent, but sometimes I feel they should be banned from pronouncing on anything except sequins and the weather.
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