Murray calls on Scots to use their heads in independence vote


Britain’s number one tennis player, Andy Murray has waded into the world of politics, by urging fellow Scots to use their heads rather than their hearts in deciding whether to become an independent country.

Andy MurrayWhilst not making clear how he would vote, Glasgow born Murray used an interview over the weekend to conclude that Scots should not “judge the thing on emotion but on what is best economically for Scotland”.

It provides a strong hint that the US Open champion is not convinced by the Alex Salmond’s campaign which is based largely on a feeling that Scotland needs to go with its heart and reject Westminster rule.

Murray explained:

“You need to figure out what’s best for the country and then come to an opinion.

“I want to read more about the issue. I don’t think you should judge the thing on emotion but on what is best economically for Scotland.”

Using colorful language he continued:

“You don’t want to come to a snap decision and then see the country go t**s up.

“I am proud to be Scottish but I am also proud to be British. I don’t think there is any contradiction in that.”

His intervention in the debate on Scotland’s future comes as those opposed to independence appear finally to have settled on what steps to take following what currently looks likely to be the rejection of the SNP’s dream.

The Sunday Herald over the weekend reported that all three of the UK’s main political parties will go into the 2015 General Election promising a full constitutional convention to reach a settled UK wide settlement.

Declaring that Scotland’s referendum “should not be seen as the end of the process”, Sir Malcolm Bruce, the Lib Dem MP for the Scottish seat of Gordon, has been quoted as saying:

“We have got to a point, assuming after the referendum Scotland stays in the UK, where we have different sets of powers in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England; in many cases, UK ministers are English ministers. We need a constitutional convention to work out how those powers are best distributed.”

The development comes after the House of Commons Constitutional and Political Reform Committee backed such calls for a fundamental review of the UK’s constitutional arrangements. Arguing that there is a pressing need to do something given the failure of devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to take into account what should happen in England, the Committee last week noted:

“Changes over the last 15 years have continued to alter our political and constitutional arrangements at a rapid pace. Some believe that the time is right to step back and consider what effect these constitutional changes have had on the UK as a whole, and what the future of the Union could look like.

In short, it is time to conduct a comprehensive review so that the Union can work well in the future. The forthcoming referendum on Scottish independence, and the need to answer the “English Question”, reinforce the need to consider what the Union will look like in five, 10 and 50 years’ time.”

The calls for a comprehensive convention have been led also by Welsh first minister, Carwyn Jones who in January called for such a convention out of fear that UK’s future was being dominated solely by Scotland.

Addressing his monthly press conference in January, Jones declared that “there should be an open debate about how the UK itself might function more responsively to the needs of its constituent parts.”

Arguing that a convention would make sense in order to tie up a number of loose ends, the former Scotland office minister, Labour’s Lord Fookes, has noted:

“All the constitutional changes undertaken by several governments have been piecemeal and we have ended up with a range of anomalies. We now need to look at the constitution in a comprehensive way.”

The Scottish born Conservative MP for Epping Forest, Eleanor Laing meanwhile, not a natural constitutional reformer, has concurred, telling the Herald that “it’s wrong to fiddle about with it for short-term political gain and what we need is a longer-term, broader look at how different issues affect the constitution in different ways”.

Responding to a question last week from the former Conservative Scottish secretary, Lord Forsyth, the current Lib Dem advocate general for Scotland and former Scottish deputy first minister Lord Wallace told the House of Lords that any move towards either devo-max or a fully federal United Kingdom would require a further referendum.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/garyurquhart Gary Urquhart

    I wouldn’t bother ever quoting Malcolm Bruce. He was the turncoat who appeared on Newsnight defending the ConDems University Fees increase. Lost all respect for the man. Other Scots like Charles Kennedy and Menzies Campbell kept their word and voted against. These politicians must be brought to answer for their decisions. your web site could help by never giving any publicity to the utterances of people who go back on their word….but then it might be a short blog!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garyurquhart Gary Urquhart

    I wouldn’t bother ever quoting Malcolm Bruce. He was the turncoat who appeared on Newsnight defending the ConDems University Fees increase. Lost all respect for the man. Other Scots like Charles Kennedy and Menzies Campbell kept their word and voted against. These politicians must be brought to answer for their decisions. your web site could help by never giving any publicity to the utterances of people who go back on their word….but then it might be a short blog!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garyurquhart Gary Urquhart

    I wouldn’t bother ever quoting Malcolm Bruce. He was the turncoat who appeared on Newsnight defending the ConDems University Fees increase. Lost all respect for the man. Other Scots like Charles Kennedy and Menzies Campbell kept their word and voted against. These politicians must be brought to answer for their decisions. your web site could help by never giving any publicity to the utterances of people who go back on their word….but then it might be a short blog!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garyurquhart Gary Urquhart

    I wouldn’t bother ever quoting Malcolm Bruce. He was the turncoat who appeared on Newsnight defending the ConDems University Fees increase. Lost all respect for the man. Other Scots like Charles Kennedy and Menzies Campbell kept their word and voted against. These politicians must be brought to answer for their decisions. your web site could help by never giving any publicity to the utterances of people who go back on their word….but then it might be a short blog!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garyurquhart Gary Urquhart

    I wouldn’t bother ever quoting Malcolm Bruce. He was the turncoat who appeared on Newsnight defending the ConDems University Fees increase. Lost all respect for the man. Other Scots like Charles Kennedy and Menzies Campbell kept their word and voted against. These politicians must be brought to answer for their decisions. your web site could help by never giving any publicity to the utterances of people who go back on their word….but then it might be a short blog!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garyurquhart Gary Urquhart

    I wouldn’t bother ever quoting Malcolm Bruce. He was the turncoat who appeared on Newsnight defending the ConDems University Fees increase. Lost all respect for the man. Other Scots like Charles Kennedy and Menzies Campbell kept their word and voted against. These politicians must be brought to answer for their decisions. your web site could help by never giving any publicity to the utterances of people who go back on their word….but then it might be a short blog!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/garyurquhart Gary Urquhart

    I wouldn’t bother ever quoting Malcolm Bruce. He was the turncoat who appeared on Newsnight defending the ConDems University Fees increase. Lost all respect for the man. Other Scots like Charles Kennedy and Menzies Campbell kept their word and voted against. These politicians must be brought to answer for their decisions. your web site could help by never giving any publicity to the utterances of people who go back on their word….but then it might be a short blog!!

  • James 2612

    Burns:

    It’s no in titles nor in rank;
    It’s no in wealth like Lon’on bank,
    To purchase peace and rest:
    It’s no in makin’ muckle, mair;
    It’s no in books, it’s no in lear,
    To make us truly blest:
    If happiness hae not her seat
    An’ centre in the breast,
    We may be wise, or rich, or great,
    But never can be blest;
    Nae treasures, nor pleasures
    Could make us happy lang;
    The heart aye’s the part aye
    That makes us right or wrang.

  • James 2612

    Burns:

    It’s no in titles nor in rank;
    It’s no in wealth like Lon’on bank,
    To purchase peace and rest:
    It’s no in makin’ muckle, mair;
    It’s no in books, it’s no in lear,
    To make us truly blest:
    If happiness hae not her seat
    An’ centre in the breast,
    We may be wise, or rich, or great,
    But never can be blest;
    Nae treasures, nor pleasures
    Could make us happy lang;
    The heart aye’s the part aye
    That makes us right or wrang.

  • James 2612

    Burns:

    It’s no in titles nor in rank;
    It’s no in wealth like Lon’on bank,
    To purchase peace and rest:
    It’s no in makin’ muckle, mair;
    It’s no in books, it’s no in lear,
    To make us truly blest:
    If happiness hae not her seat
    An’ centre in the breast,
    We may be wise, or rich, or great,
    But never can be blest;
    Nae treasures, nor pleasures
    Could make us happy lang;
    The heart aye’s the part aye
    That makes us right or wrang.

  • James 2612

    Burns:

    It’s no in titles nor in rank;
    It’s no in wealth like Lon’on bank,
    To purchase peace and rest:
    It’s no in makin’ muckle, mair;
    It’s no in books, it’s no in lear,
    To make us truly blest:
    If happiness hae not her seat
    An’ centre in the breast,
    We may be wise, or rich, or great,
    But never can be blest;
    Nae treasures, nor pleasures
    Could make us happy lang;
    The heart aye’s the part aye
    That makes us right or wrang.

  • James 2612

    Burns:

    It’s no in titles nor in rank;
    It’s no in wealth like Lon’on bank,
    To purchase peace and rest:
    It’s no in makin’ muckle, mair;
    It’s no in books, it’s no in lear,
    To make us truly blest:
    If happiness hae not her seat
    An’ centre in the breast,
    We may be wise, or rich, or great,
    But never can be blest;
    Nae treasures, nor pleasures
    Could make us happy lang;
    The heart aye’s the part aye
    That makes us right or wrang.

  • James 2612

    Burns:

    It’s no in titles nor in rank;
    It’s no in wealth like Lon’on bank,
    To purchase peace and rest:
    It’s no in makin’ muckle, mair;
    It’s no in books, it’s no in lear,
    To make us truly blest:
    If happiness hae not her seat
    An’ centre in the breast,
    We may be wise, or rich, or great,
    But never can be blest;
    Nae treasures, nor pleasures
    Could make us happy lang;
    The heart aye’s the part aye
    That makes us right or wrang.

  • James 2612

    Burns:

    It’s no in titles nor in rank;
    It’s no in wealth like Lon’on bank,
    To purchase peace and rest:
    It’s no in makin’ muckle, mair;
    It’s no in books, it’s no in lear,
    To make us truly blest:
    If happiness hae not her seat
    An’ centre in the breast,
    We may be wise, or rich, or great,
    But never can be blest;
    Nae treasures, nor pleasures
    Could make us happy lang;
    The heart aye’s the part aye
    That makes us right or wrang.

  • James 2612

    Burns:

    It’s no in titles nor in rank;
    It’s no in wealth like Lon’on bank,
    To purchase peace and rest:
    It’s no in makin’ muckle, mair;
    It’s no in books, it’s no in lear,
    To make us truly blest:
    If happiness hae not her seat
    An’ centre in the breast,
    We may be wise, or rich, or great,
    But never can be blest;
    Nae treasures, nor pleasures
    Could make us happy lang;
    The heart aye’s the part aye
    That makes us right or wrang.

  • James 2612

    Burns:

    It’s no in titles nor in rank;
    It’s no in wealth like Lon’on bank,
    To purchase peace and rest:
    It’s no in makin’ muckle, mair;
    It’s no in books, it’s no in lear,
    To make us truly blest:
    If happiness hae not her seat
    An’ centre in the breast,
    We may be wise, or rich, or great,
    But never can be blest;
    Nae treasures, nor pleasures
    Could make us happy lang;
    The heart aye’s the part aye
    That makes us right or wrang.

  • Independent England

    “not judge the thing on emotion but on what is best economically for Scotland”.

    That just about sums it up. With Scotland it’s always about money. Well we English are fed up with it. Vote YES Scotland, please.

  • Independent England

    “not judge the thing on emotion but on what is best economically for Scotland”.

    That just about sums it up. With Scotland it’s always about money. Well we English are fed up with it. Vote YES Scotland, please.

  • Independent England

    “not judge the thing on emotion but on what is best economically for Scotland”.

    That just about sums it up. With Scotland it’s always about money. Well we English are fed up with it. Vote YES Scotland, please.

  • Independent England

    “not judge the thing on emotion but on what is best economically for Scotland”.

    That just about sums it up. With Scotland it’s always about money. Well we English are fed up with it. Vote YES Scotland, please.

  • Independent England

    “not judge the thing on emotion but on what is best economically for Scotland”.

    That just about sums it up. With Scotland it’s always about money. Well we English are fed up with it. Vote YES Scotland, please.

  • Independent England

    “not judge the thing on emotion but on what is best economically for Scotland”.

    That just about sums it up. With Scotland it’s always about money. Well we English are fed up with it. Vote YES Scotland, please.

  • Independent England

    “not judge the thing on emotion but on what is best economically for Scotland”.

    That just about sums it up. With Scotland it’s always about money. Well we English are fed up with it. Vote YES Scotland, please.

  • Independent England

    “not judge the thing on emotion but on what is best economically for Scotland”.

    That just about sums it up. With Scotland it’s always about money. Well we English are fed up with it. Vote YES Scotland, please.

  • Independent England

    “not judge the thing on emotion but on what is best economically for Scotland”.

    That just about sums it up. With Scotland it’s always about money. Well we English are fed up with it. Vote YES Scotland, please.

  • Old Albion

    Who gives a flying haggis what Andy ‘anyone but England’ Murray thinks?

  • Old Albion

    Who gives a flying haggis what Andy ‘anyone but England’ Murray thinks?

  • Old Albion

    Who gives a flying haggis what Andy ‘anyone but England’ Murray thinks?

  • Old Albion

    Who gives a flying haggis what Andy ‘anyone but England’ Murray thinks?

  • Old Albion

    Who gives a flying haggis what Andy ‘anyone but England’ Murray thinks?

  • Old Albion

    Who gives a flying haggis what Andy ‘anyone but England’ Murray thinks?

  • Old Albion

    Who gives a flying haggis what Andy ‘anyone but England’ Murray thinks?

  • Old Albion

    Who gives a flying haggis what Andy ‘anyone but England’ Murray thinks?

  • Old Albion

    Who gives a flying haggis what Andy ‘anyone but England’ Murray thinks?

  • Old Albion

    Who gives a flying haggis what Andy ‘anyone but England’ Murray thinks?

  • Old Albion

    Who gives a flying haggis what Andy ‘anyone but England’ Murray thinks?

  • JPJ2

    If everybody follows World Number 2′s advice to use their heads then “Yes” will win comfortably.
    All the irrational emotion pours out of the Brit Nats including, it appears, Left Foot Forward.
    Can’t blame Andy for not wishing to be subjected to an anti-Scottish rant if he said he favoured Scottish independence, as I don’t suppose he wants to be booed on court by those who can’t distinguish between sport and politics.

  • JPJ2

    If everybody follows World Number 2′s advice to use their heads then “Yes” will win comfortably.
    All the irrational emotion pours out of the Brit Nats including, it appears, Left Foot Forward.
    Can’t blame Andy for not wishing to be subjected to an anti-Scottish rant if he said he favoured Scottish independence, as I don’t suppose he wants to be booed on court by those who can’t distinguish between sport and politics.

  • JPJ2

    If everybody follows World Number 2′s advice to use their heads then “Yes” will win comfortably.
    All the irrational emotion pours out of the Brit Nats including, it appears, Left Foot Forward.
    Can’t blame Andy for not wishing to be subjected to an anti-Scottish rant if he said he favoured Scottish independence, as I don’t suppose he wants to be booed on court by those who can’t distinguish between sport and politics.

  • JPJ2

    If everybody follows World Number 2′s advice to use their heads then “Yes” will win comfortably.
    All the irrational emotion pours out of the Brit Nats including, it appears, Left Foot Forward.
    Can’t blame Andy for not wishing to be subjected to an anti-Scottish rant if he said he favoured Scottish independence, as I don’t suppose he wants to be booed on court by those who can’t distinguish between sport and politics.

  • JPJ2

    If everybody follows World Number 2′s advice to use their heads then “Yes” will win comfortably.
    All the irrational emotion pours out of the Brit Nats including, it appears, Left Foot Forward.
    Can’t blame Andy for not wishing to be subjected to an anti-Scottish rant if he said he favoured Scottish independence, as I don’t suppose he wants to be booed on court by those who can’t distinguish between sport and politics.

  • JPJ2

    If everybody follows World Number 2′s advice to use their heads then “Yes” will win comfortably.
    All the irrational emotion pours out of the Brit Nats including, it appears, Left Foot Forward.
    Can’t blame Andy for not wishing to be subjected to an anti-Scottish rant if he said he favoured Scottish independence, as I don’t suppose he wants to be booed on court by those who can’t distinguish between sport and politics.

  • JPJ2

    If everybody follows World Number 2′s advice to use their heads then “Yes” will win comfortably.
    All the irrational emotion pours out of the Brit Nats including, it appears, Left Foot Forward.
    Can’t blame Andy for not wishing to be subjected to an anti-Scottish rant if he said he favoured Scottish independence, as I don’t suppose he wants to be booed on court by those who can’t distinguish between sport and politics.

  • JPJ2

    If everybody follows World Number 2′s advice to use their heads then “Yes” will win comfortably.
    All the irrational emotion pours out of the Brit Nats including, it appears, Left Foot Forward.
    Can’t blame Andy for not wishing to be subjected to an anti-Scottish rant if he said he favoured Scottish independence, as I don’t suppose he wants to be booed on court by those who can’t distinguish between sport and politics.

  • JPJ2

    If everybody follows World Number 2′s advice to use their heads then “Yes” will win comfortably.
    All the irrational emotion pours out of the Brit Nats including, it appears, Left Foot Forward.
    Can’t blame Andy for not wishing to be subjected to an anti-Scottish rant if he said he favoured Scottish independence, as I don’t suppose he wants to be booed on court by those who can’t distinguish between sport and politics.

  • terregles2

    Why on earth is anyone asking a tennis champion for his politcal opinion. Don’t remember anyone asking David Beckham about his political aspirations in the middle of any of his sporting campaigns. Poor Andy a desperate press waiting to pounce on him for any opinion they might not like. Cannot fault his tennis playing so let’s try and find something else to denigrate him with. If they ever pester him again on his political view he should really tell them he is there to answer sporting questions and not political ones.

  • uglyfatbloke

    Does it matter what any lib-dem MP says about Scotland? They are going to lose all their Scottish seats apart from Ork & Shet anyway.
    There again, if Labour cannot make a serious dent in the SNPs 15 point polls lead, there won’t be that many Labour MPs from Scotland either.

  • Adi

    I never liked Andy as he hates UK and that is why I hate him. If UK brakes up then the first thing we should do is kick him to Scotland as we all know what way he voted. He just says he like the British as he wants all the English sponsors and fans.

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