Errm, excuse me?
The Premier League is in discussions with Downing Street over ways in which it can increase the number of home-grown players appearing regularly for England\’s leading clubs.
Why is anyone talking to a Scot about this? Further, will the same rules appply to the Scottish Leagues? The Welsh (in so far as they have one)? NI? Well then, bugger off.
Discussions have begun with senior advisers to the prime minister and James Purnell, the culture secretary, to try to develop a consensual "British solution" to the apparent decline in the number of British and Irish players in the nation\’s top sides.
Err, look, that really does give the ball game away, doesn\’t it? The Premiership is England\’s football competition. If it is to be bent to creating a national team, it would be logical for it to be bent to the creation of an English one, correct? So they can bugger off again.
But vastly more important than this is the point that football clubs are in fact private businesses. Within the strictures of general immigration law (you know, EU workers can work anywhere etc.) Government has no damn business telling a private company who it may or may not employ (assuming that we\’re talking about consentinig adults, of course).
So they can bugger off a third time.