Chancellor Gordon Brown has provoked a storm by appearing to back England to host and win the football World Cup in 2018 - and not his native Scotland.
SNP leader Alex Salmond said the comments made Mr Brown look "ridiculous in Scotland and insincere in England".
Of course what this means is that the Union will split and the Prime and First Ministers will be decided on the basis of their knowledge of `the beautiful game'.
Shame about golf, tennis and cricket. Perhaps they could be used to decide the occupants of lesser posts: golf could be for the Treasury, tennis for the FO, cricket for DEFRA. Clearly the Home office should be tiddlywinks.