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7 February 2014

The SNP’s hypocrisy on “politicising“ sporting occasions

Nicola Sturgeon attacks David Cameron for speaking at the Olympic Stadium but has she forgotten Alex Salmond's Wimbledon antics?

By George Eaton

The SNP’s Nicola Sturgeon has responded to David Cameron’s speech at the Olympic Stadium on the case for the UK by declaring that “to politicise any sporting occasion is shameful.” The deputy first minister said: 

Using the Olympic stadium on the day the Winter Olympics begin and seeking to invoke the successes of London 2012 as an argument against Scotland taking its future into its own hands, it betrays the extent of the jitters now running through the No campaign.

They see the polls closing and they are clearly rattled – but to politicise any sporting occasion is shameful.

That may all be true, but has Sturgeon already forgotten Alex Salmond’s shameless attempt to politicise Andy Murray’s Wimbledon victory last summer? 

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