Anger as former Labour Deputy leader calls FM holding saltire at Wimbledon “sad”


The former Deputy Leader of the Labour party has caused anger after describing the holding aloft of the Scottish flag at Wimbledon by First Minister Alex Salmond as “sad”.
In a tweet following Andy Murray’s historic defeat of Novak Djokovic, former MP John Prescott said: “Alex Salmond photo bombing @david_cameron. Bit sad wasn’t it?”.

The Labour peer was commenting after Scotland’s First Minister joined scenes of jubilation on the centre court after Murray had won the Wimbledon title.

Mr Salmond, who had been watching with wife Moira, held a saltire aloft when Murray stepped forward to accept the trophy.{/youtube}

Labour MSP Kezia Dugdale re-tweeted a message from a former colleague John Park who said seeing the flag held by the First Minister had made his 10 year old daughter “cringe”.

Daily Record political correspondent Torcuil Crichton tweeted sarcastically “That’s Salmond’s Commonwealth Games strategy out of the bag then.”

However, others using the social media site reacted angrily to the criticism, reminding critics of Mr Salmond that holding aloft the national flag was an appropriate way to celebrate one of Scotland’s greatest ever sporting successes.

The BBC later edited out the shot of the First Minister in its online video footage.

‘England win’

There was also embarrassment after US newspaper, the New York Times, published an article which portrayed Murray as English.

The headline which read – “After 77 years, Murray and England win” – was later corrected, but not before alert readers had saved the image.