I am fortunate enough to live in East Lothian, which is currently alive with activity around the golf Open Championship. I am also lucky enough to have two young children, a son and a daughter.
Naturally enough, my kids are curious about the international sporting roadshow that has arrived in this quiet corner of Scotland.
Both of them enjoy golf and, on hearing that one of the world’s finest courses is on their doorstep, both immediately said that they’d love to play there when they are older.
When compelled to explain to my daughter that, as it stands, her brother would be allowed to play there but she would not, it struck me that we can often be guilty of passive acceptance of the unacceptable, simply because it has “always been that way”.
Her reaction was understandable, simple and extremely hard to answer: “Why?”
Alex Salmond and other prominent politicians are refusing to attend this year’s Open Championship because the members of Muirfield deny women the right to join their elite club.
I take it that our First Minister is aware that next year’s Scottish Open is to be held at Royal Aberdeen and the membership there does not include the fairer sex.
There is nearly a year for that club to do the honourable thing and change its constitution.
Douglas S Bruce
Isle of Sky
I remain confused about Alex Salmond, the Scottish Government, Muirfield, the Open and men-only golf clubs. For clarification, is it simply Alex Salmond who has a personal issue with Muirfield’s membership policy? The attendance of the minister for energy, enterprise and tourism (Fergus Ewing MSP) at Muirfield would suggest the Scottish Government does not have the same issue with discrimination as Alex Salmond. In fact it would appear it is embracing it.
It’s intriguing to know why Ewing doesn’t have the same views on golf club membership as his boss does, be they on a personal or political level.