It beats me why the "Loyalist" / "Unionist" / protestant majority population of my home statelet, N. Ireland ,continue to give their allegiance to a "Queen and country" based across the Irish sea. The ruling powers that be over there do not give 2 fucks about them, if truth be told... never did and never will.
Just look at the forthcoming 2012 Olympic games in London as a prime example of what I mean.
The "UK" does not feature as a nation in any Olympics literature or performance table, being referred to only as Great Britain or "Team GB". This is curious, given that the official name of the team under the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is "Great Britain and Northern Ireland". In addition, the national Olympic committee is the "British Olympic Association", thereby incorporating Northern Ireland, and the national anthem played after each resounding success will be that of the United Kingdom – God Save the Queen (with no dispensation for atheists or republicans).
There is no political entity called Great Britain. Within the UK may be found the entities of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, but "Great Britain" is only part of the UK, and just one of the isles from which members of "Team GB" hail.
So, rather than being called "Team GB", the olympic team should be called "Team UK" as the "United Kingdom" (UK) is made up of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and N. Ireland. Will this happen? Not on your life...the excuse given that "Team GB" is a recognised trade mark, a marketing tool.
But, as I said, the real reason is no-one seems to give to give 2 fucks about a nation of "Paddys," even though in actual fact that most of them will be called George, Davey or Sammy.
N. Ireland...in truth the "Invisible nation".
Don't try to tell me that politics doesn't enter into sport.