by Rab Bruce’s Spider

Lately, this blog has been in danger of being more about football than politics, but I’m afraid there’s yet another football-related issue I feel I need to mention.

It was announced the other day that the planned meeting at Downing Street between Boris Johnson and the England football team had been cancelled. Naturally, there has been much speculation as to why.

There are two likely reasons. Let us not forget that Johnson is never shy of a publicity opportunity, especially if he can bask in the reflected glory of other people’s very real achievements, so a simple clash of diary dates seems improbable.

No, either the England team refused to meet him because of his support for the racists who abused their young players, or he cancelled the meeting because they failed to win the competition and in so doing ruined his chance to proclaim it a triumph for Brexit Britain.

The former reason seems to me to be far more likely than the latter, and if that is what happened, then my admiration for the England players has been justified once again. Well done, them.

It may seem inconceivable that Boris Johnson would cancel such a meeting. Why would he do so? It certainly seems strange, and it would be the act of a very petty person indeed. Which is why it might just be plausible.

Either way, though, Boris Johnson doesn’t come out of this looking very good. Not that that ever seems to bother him, the media or the voters. Incredible as it may seem, polls still put the Tories well ahead of Labour in Westminster voting intentions. What is wrong with people? As ever, the only solution for Scotland if we are to escape this madness is to become a normal, self-governing country. Sooner rather than later.