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92. Madmac These sort of abusive comments are not welcome. You know nothing about who posts here or about how the BBC is funded.Scotland has 8.6% of the UK population but receives only 3.7 % of the BBC’s programme making expenditure of £87.5 million.Scotland pays approximately 8.6% of the BBC’s income, BBC Scotland’s expenditure should therefore be nearer £240 million.
Nationalists, if you hate Britain so much maybe you shouldn't be commenting on a BBC article!!! Unless you've forgotten what those 3 letters stand for.
How much does it really matter to the vast majority in Scotland how many or how few medals we win in a minority sport? There are so many far more important and relevant issues than this froth. Are we to vote no because of a few medals? It's stupid.
Talk about reading too much into a comment, he's simply stated the obvious, Scotland won't get so many medals without GB, but with effort could. There's no reason to assume he's going to vote yes or no from what he's said. I suggest those who want to know more about what he's talking about, read his book and see how it was, and how initially it would be for an independent Scotland.
I wonder if Sir Chris's view might be coloured by the fact that an independent Scotland would/will not have an Honours system, so he'd have had to remain plain "Mr. Hoy".
86. You may have valid complaints about the bbc's coverage of the independence debate - i'm not best placed to comment on that. All i'm saying is that Sir Chris himself, who has delivered so much for both Scotland and Britain, deserves to be 'judged' on what he's actually said and not by the spin/twist/slant the media then add to suit their agendas, including the attention grabbing headlines.
I quite enjoyed the article- designed to stir debate and an exchange of opinion and is doing just that. Sir Chris's points are valid, but can be debated. I'd suggest the facilities today and by 2015 will be light years better than late 90's. Perhaps if he was starting out now he wud have everything he needs thanks to 2012/14 legacies. Scotland will never be size or budget of Eng but is growing...
84. Glooflinski Not as alarmed as I am by the negative coverage of Scottish Independence by the BBC who are meant to be impartial.Read the heading, it follows the Better Together campaign approach of only discussing Scottish Independence in the negative.I never heard the Falkland Islanders considering their medal tally as an important reason to reject independence. That would be daft.
It does seem somewhat ironic that so many people come on here and criticize the BBC for over politicizing Hoy’s comments – and then launch into their own personal campaign manifesto !!
Give the guy a break! Im alarmed at how some people seem unable to distinguish between HIS actual quotes versus the surrounding spin and over-interpretation of the BBC, who are always hunting for headlines even when there arent any. He and other Scottish sports stars are going to be asked about this all the time up to the commonwealths and i think to be fair he answered very sensibly.
Hoy’s sporting opinion should be respected.Of course it will be difficult to create the level of investment required for a sport like cycling in a nation of 5 M vs a Union of 60M. Andy Murray comparison are naïve - you cannot compare an individual professional tennis star (sponsor funded) and a principally amateur TEAM sport that is organized largely along the lines of national team structures.
Why is it that just Scotland has a Vote on Scottish Independence ? Why cant the English and Welsh vote too !
79. methilmilan The heading of this article includes, in large letters, the words "concerns for independent Scotland".Cannot be clearer.
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