Friday, March 03, 2006
The Scottish Affairs Committee, continued.
More from that House of Commons committee on the benefits to Scotland of the London Olympics.
After a discussion of stadiums, Mr Angus MacNeil, SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar asks how Scotland compares to Norway.
Ms Lindsay Macgregor, Policy Manager, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, replies: "I think economic and cultural differences as well makes comparison different, but certainly climatically it has its emphasis on skiing and snow and there is a cultural difference, that many people from childhood are driven in that direction. Perhaps we are lacking something like that; perhaps football is our equivalent here, I do not know."
Mr Charles Walker, Conservative MP for that well-known Scottish constituency of Broxbourne, adds: "It is a great shame that Scotland's mountains are not 2000 feet taller, is it not, because you would be one of the best ski resorts in the western world!"
In a hostile world, it is reassuring to know that we are governed by such perspicacious and witty folk.