Church petitions for Welsh Olympic team
Someone ought to tell the church in Wales that this is not a devolved competence, though there is no telling where the agitation might lead.
The petition is by one Dr Geraint Tudur, general secretary of the Union of Welsh Independent Chapels, who declares: ‘We call upon the National Assembly for Wales to ensure that a team from Wales competes in the 2012 Olympic Games, and every subsequent games thereafter.’
What is it with these Christians? Do they not realise that they are wasting their time in their preoccupation with leeks and thistles? Their citizenship is in heaven, and the Lord is not overly concerned with a liberation theology to address Welsh or Scottish subjugation.
Dr Tudur renewed the call for national representation on the world stage ‘following the Red Dragon banner ban in Beijing’ (Cranmer must have missed it). The Union of Welsh Independent Chapels has already asked the National Assembly Government to press on the IOC to allow Wales to compete as a nation in its own right in the London Olympics. "If you think that Wales has a right to exist as a nation on the world stage, I would urge you to sign this petition," said Dr Tudur. "The campaign to ensure that our athletes can compete under the Red Dragon in London begins here and now."
But the call may have less to do with Welsh patriotism than with the deep unease amongst chapel members about the loss of around £100m in grants to Welsh charities and societies due to the escalating cost of the 2012 games.
The petition runs until the end of October 2008, and Cranmer urges no-one to sign.
Do they not realise that if Wales were competing independently as a nation, it would presently be languishing somewhere around the 40th position? Scotland would be around the 20th position, but England would still be soaring.
And united, Team GB presently stands at third.
The Olympics vindicate the Union.