Originally Posted by Wing Man Frank
Lest we forget that the current Scottish First Minister, whom the Scottish people voted in, is currently seeking to break away from the UK if he gets his way in the referendum. If anything Scottish people are determined to have nothing to do with the English, not vice versa so I'm sure you can understand why we don't exactly embrace them.
This is actually not true. Most recent polls show that English people on a whole would rather that Scotland break away than Scottish people. Personally, I think that the United Kingdom is stronger for having Scotland as part of the union.
As for Murray, he's pretty well liked in Britain, probably more so after the double whammy of crying after losing the Wimbledon final and then coming back to win a month later when he was playing for his own pride and national honour in a GB shirt.
There are three reasons he's not as well liked as he might be in this country. Firstly, his perceived stroppiness, especially in his earlier career. Secondly, a dry remark he made about supporting anybody but England in a football tournament that got taken completely out of context by the British press. Thirdly, he's just not Tim Henman.
I'm English and Murray is my favourite player. That will stay the same whether Scotland stays with the rest of the UK or not. I really like his game and his dry humour off the court. In fact I like his game better than that of Tim Henman but Tim Henman will always be my favourite player because I watched him the most growing up and wanted him to win more than I wanted anything else ever. The fact that he never won a major, after trying so hard and doing so well despite his limitations will always make him a sentimental favourite over here for people who used to watch him play.