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Backwoodsman BS: Our Emma (Raducanu) - Tennis (108* d) RE: BS: Our Emma (Raducanu) - Tennis 13 Sep 21

No Dave. I’m not sure whether you’re simply failing to understand my point, or deliberately, wilfully refusing to see it.

Emma Raducanu is, first and foremost, Canadian-Born. She is, and always will be Canadian by birth. Her parents are Romanian and Chinese, so she is entitled to claim both of those as her Nationality. She is a British Citizen by choice (no doubt the choice of her parents, but just as valid) and I’m delighted by that. But it has to be remembered that citizenship and nationality are not the same thing - my brother-in-law and his wife are British nationals, but have Canadian citizenship, their daughter is a Canadian national, having been born in Oakville ON, but also has British nationality by virtue of her British parents.

In the light of the above, to claim her as ‘ours’ is nonsense, unless ‘ours’ is being used in the global sense, i.e. ‘belonging to all of mankind’, and I’m fairly sure that wasn’t the sense originally intended in the thread title.

So, far from being one of the ‘no foreigners allowed, send them back where they came from’ brigade which you introduced to the conversation (speaking of Straw-Men), and yes, I am offended that you would insinuate that I am one of those, the very fact of her international background, and that she chooses British citizenship makes me very happy indeed. But AFAIC, Emma isn’t ‘ours’ any more than she’s Canada’s, Romania’s, China’s or indeed, the whole world’s.

And if we, as a country, are so eager to claim a beautiful, successful, foreign-born sportswoman as ‘ours’, I wonder why we don’t have the same attitude towards desperate, traumatised refugees fleeing violence in the war-zones they originate from?

Finally, I’ll assume that your linking me with Nigel was a leg-pull - unlike his usual tactics, nothing I’ve said is a distortion or one-sided view, just straightforward, sensible and, above all, factual, indisputable points. ;-)

Now, the gas-man cometh and I have to prepare…

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