Scotland is a proud nation in more arenas than just sport

JOAN reckons the Commonwealth Games will be a valuable lesson to the next generation of Scots on what independent countries can achieve.

THE tickets have gone on sale, the venues are all on track and everything is pointing towards Glasgow 2014 being one of the most successful Commonwealth Games in history.

We can look forward to an uplifting display of colour and diversity as nations from Canada to South Africa and Pakistan to Cyprus come together for the spectacular opening ceremony. And joining that rainbow of flags in the arena will be the Scottish Saltire, England’s cross of St George and the Welsh Dragon.

Because, in the Commonwealth Games, unlike the Olympics, the distinctive countries of the UK compete as nations in their own right.

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