Donnelly Diplomatic, as Ever

It was a splendidly diplomatic performance on Newsnight Scotland from BBC Scotland sports presenter, Dougie Donnelly, last night – just hours after his abrupt sacking as chair of the Scottish Institute of Sport.

The Institute is being absorbed by quango, sportsscotland, whose chair, Julia Bracewell, also got the chop.

Dougie – affable, cogent and constructive as ever – clearly doesn’t agree with the decision of Scottish Government Sports Minister, Stewart Maxwell, pointing out: “This is not about sport, but about politics, and ultimately our athletes will suffer.”

However, there was no whingeing on a personal note from the Sportscene presenter, who loses his