Alex Salmond, the newly elected First Minister for Scotland, is seeking permission from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for Scotland to field its own team.
A somewhat bizarre early initiative:
1 He has not yet discussed this within the Scottish Executive.
2 Until the funding and budget proposals for Salmond's "independent" Scotland are clarified, this form of expensive promise may be difficult to fulfill.
3 The UK hardly ever reaps a large harvest of medals in the Olympics. Why does Salmond believe that a smaller, less well funded, team will do any better.
Salmond's proposal is nothing more than naked political opportunism, wrapped in the flag of Scotland.