John James World

My favourite posts, for what it’s worth, are the Dear JJ articles and the global updates on readership figures. As I write, another milestone has been achieved. This site has had four million hits since inception and 725,000 individual visitors. The comments I have approved now exceed 11,000. I will let others be the judge of  whether this growth in just over seven months is of any note. I have a concern that new readers are not reading the archives. I’m being taken to task on issues that I have covered. There are typically 42 posts per month, ranging in length from 500 -1500 words. I would recommend that new contributors read the previous month’s output.

As I review some new readers of this site, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Aruba, the Dutch caribbean Island off the coast of Venezuela. Their charming capital, Oranjestad, is framed by sloping Divi Divi trees and cooled by Trade Winds. If stunning beaches and my personal favourite Rijsttafel are high on your list of priorities, then look no further than Aruba. Cuba and The Cayman Islands have also joined the JJ demographic. I spent a weekend in Havana as a break from my vacation idyll in Montego Bay, Jamaica. I welcome my readers from both. I encountered Jack Nicholson in the clubhouse of Tryall Golf Club. He took more than a passing interest in my girlfriend at that time. I’m pleased to confirm that she left the ‘dance’ with the man who accompanied her. I often wonder if she regrets it.

Two countries that I also have visited, Israel and The Lebanon, have dropped by. I have friends in Tel Aviv who escorted me during a trip to Jerusalem. The latter should be on everyone’s tourist itinerary. The Lebanon, from a personal perspective, is much more interesting. As a former resident of Vietnam, former war zones don’t intimidate me.

I’m particularly intigued by my one reader in Nepal. Please feel free to post a comment on the site. I am also grateful to my one reader in Malawi, and one in Algeria.

Two visits from Montenegro are also among April’s highlights and I continue to have a statistically significant following in Costa Rica, Grenada and Trinidad & Tobago. I’m delighted that Saint Lucia  continues to support the site as is the case with Burkina Faso which has provided 29 visits.

As is the case with all sites, this site will have a finite life span. The biting satire that was The Clumpany is no longer with us. The RSL hung up their quill pens in September of last year. The lifeblood of this site is the comments. Its future is in your hands.

Breaking Point

If we look at the additional finance required this season at RIFC, we note that a minimum of £9.45m was required to stave off an Ashley led receivership and to fulfil the Championship fixtures. There was also an assumption that RF CIC would deliver on their £800,000 soft loan.Would anyone doubt that King’s place men Gough and Blair would have remitted this sum to RIFC’s metro bank account with indecent haste?  The questions on everyone’s lips is when will the loan well run dry and how close will the business be to breaking even next season? Paul Murray has been doing his utmost to woo Jim McColl now that promotion has been achieved, but he has not shifted from his position, expressed in an aside to Deloitte, that he had dodged a bullet when  declining an invitation to join the King concert party.

Are things so tight that our Dear Leader will not be jetting in this year to present his Generations Game pitch?  Everyone who bought a season ticket for this season signed a mandate for next which will automatically yield  circa 35,000 of the anticipated 45,000 season ticket sales. The average yield on season tickets was £237 with total matchday income at a multiple of 1.4 times this sum. When we include the 20% increase on ST for the forthcoming season one would anticipate £12.8m.If RIFC then, best case scenario, earned £1.9m from 19 pay at the gate opportunities, I would expect match day income to be circa £20.6m.

The operational costs of £26.8m will increase next season. The majority of the first team squad will have their basic salary increased from £5,000 per week to £8,000 per week, and there will also be a £25,000 bonus for maintaining Scottish Premiershio status. I therefore anticipate payroll increases of £4.15m, with the total rounded up to £31m.

So how will RIFC offset this deficit of £10.4m? Can they be assured that the SFA and the SPFL will gift them home ties as they did on every occasion last season? Each home tie can earn up to £1.4m assuming that it’s a full house. An early exit as was the case last season to St Johnstone could have far-reaching consequences. Three cup competions, including the Europa Cup, would provide insurance against early exits. On my projections a Scottish Cup win is a necessity.

However a wet winter’s evening, when the game is televised, would only yield circa  £0.7m. A worst case scenario of 3 home ties in cup competions would result in a catastrophic shortfall. The Europa Cup draw is not fixed as is the case with domestic cup competions. Broadcasting should yield circa £1m ( £500,000 offset for LNS) with £1m from 32Red and Rangers Retail, resulting in six full house cup games being required to bridge the gap. There’s also  the £500,000 bonus for Mr Warburton to consider.

If the concert party backers are adept at probability theory, they will know that there is a major risk that King will be shaking his collection can in their direction. As for any budget for transfer activity or maintenance to plant and equipments, I suggest that this will be kept to a bare minimum. Costs have been pared to the bone at Auchenhowie with redundancies being kept under the radar. In the final analysis the challenges next year will much more difficult for the concert party to surmount than was the case this season.

 

A Twenty-Six Minute Tribute to Leicester City

 

Mr Waghorn stated: “It’s fantastic. You could see in the last year I was there that the foundations were being set at the club, driven by the likes of Jamie Vardy, Danny Drinkwater and Andy King. The way we pressed, the way we worked hard and closed down and the quality on the counter attack was there – it just needed the right man to provide the finishing touches and I think they’ve got that now. It’s like us (Rangers). We’ve both got a small, close-knit squad built on hard work, desire and fighting for each other. That takes you a long way in the game.I speak to a few of them every now and then. I text them after games and they do the same for me. It is great for them.The manager there has done the same as us. It is all about your work rate, your desire, keeping your shape because if you fall out then you might not get back in for a few weeks.”

I commend Mr Waghorn for his eloquence. It’s a refreshing counterweight to the CFC captain remonstrating that Andy Walker ‘does his box in.’  One can but hope that Mr Brown will restore his poise and erudition when his tendonitis eases. The old adage that footballers have brains in their feet has never been more apposite.

Mr Waghorn was writing as a guest contributor in Chris Union Jack’s highly acclaimed fanzine, GersTimes. Mr Jack is from the new school of e-journalism that commands a london weighted salary of £23,500 per annum. I’m sure there’s no truth in the rumour that when he asked for a raise his employers responded by providing him with new business cards with his title of  ‘group senior Scottish sports writer’  embossed in Times New Roman typeset. Every expense was spared for their bears-cub reporter.

I can understand why Mr Waghorn would choose to bask in the Leicester Limelight, but when one takes a more detailed look at his career, is he speaking from a position of authority? He was transferred to Wigan from Lecicester City on April 4 2014, one day after completing a two month loan on the last day of the January 2014 transfer window. Prior to this he spent a few weeks at the club having been loaned out to Millwall and Hull City.  In the 2013/2014 season he was in the squad on 7 occasions and did not once make the starting eleven. He entered the field of play as a subsitute where he played for a total of 26 minutes in two games. He remained on the bench on the other 5 occasions when he was in the squad.

So one might reasonably ask of Mr Waghorn, from his position of 26 minutes experience,  was this sufficient time to foresee a title win in 2015/2016?

Is Mr Waghorn aware that he was playing this season in a Scottish football backwater that we optmistically refer to as The Scottish Championship and that the majority of the players he faced trained two evenings per week after a full day earning a living elsewhere? There is no comparison Mr Waghorn between Leicester City and Rangers. Mr Jack has previous on hyperbole, but I would expect someone who only played 26 minutes for the Leicester City first team, in a career characterised by loans and Leicester U21 appearances, to have some humility.

As for falling out the team Mr Waghorn, do you lose sleep at the prospect of losing your place to the 36 years old Kenny Miller?

 

 

The Conspiracy at The Heart of Scottish Football

Prior to writing this article, I take pause to salute Leicester City for winning The English Premier League. As I watched The Battle of Stamford Bridge unfold, I was reminded of a bygone era when the Glasgow duopoly  was as fiercely contested. However as we saw at Hampden recently, CFC no longer have a spine. CFC’s feeder club, Dundee United, were relegated and to add insult to injury it was their neighbours Dundee who administered the coup de grâce.

Irrespective of CFC’s decision to play girls, such as Johansen, Mackay-Steven and Bitton, they also decided to play Brown and Boyata who were not match fit. Those individuals who believe a new manager will galvanise this bloated, imbalanced squad are in for a rude awakening. Spurs gave everything they had to maintain their title bid last night. Some of their players crossed the line, but no-one could fault their conviction.

In contrast to this, the Scottish football season is coming to an end like a damp squib. The team with a player budget of £30m won Neil Doncaster’s Scottish Premiership. Ross County won Neil Doncaster’s League Cup. Rangers won Neil Doncaster’s Petrofac Cup and also picked up 87 historical titles from Mr Doncaster. Winning 88 titles in one season must be a world record. The Scottish Cup has yet to be decided, but who can doubt that this cup has Rangers name on it?  For good measure, Stewart Regan at the SFA has decided to spice up Scottish football with his innovation of win one, get thirty-three free.

I understand that there will be a major boycott of CFC season tickets. When I look at the root causes of this, I consider a number of factors. The product on the park is inordinately poor, but that in itself has not incited boycotts in the past. There is talk of resolution 12 being a factor, but as this would merely embarrass the SFA I’m not persuaded that this is a major factor. The reason why so many are planning to boycott Celtic Park is CFC’s complicity in the renaissance of Rangers.

It is my strongly held conviction that David Murray was pulling the strings at The Bank of Scotland when his cronies  called in CFC’s marker for £2.5m in 1994. Had it not been for Fergus McCann, CFC would have been liquidated and their history would have been lost. They knew what was at stake. However when Rangers inevitably followed suit twenty years later, they were not allowed to continue as a going concern by their principal  creditor, HMRC.

David Murray’s Rangers had played fast and loose with HMRC since 1999. I state 1999 as there are records of the DOS/VSS receipts from this date. There are those who contend that he engaged in systemic tax avoidance in 1997, but I can find no evidence of this. There can be no doubt that this systemic tax avoidance resulted in a competitive advantage. Mr Murray rode a cart and horses through HMRC regulations. He paid former managers an EBT bung for buying Rangers players, as was the case with Graeme Souness and Walter Smith. The surprising thing about this white collar criminal activity is that he got away with it. He set up a patsy, Craig Whyte. He introduced him to Ticketus, and he walked away with his £6.3m EBT, Scot free.

In James Traynor’s bitter valedictory tirade in The Daily Record, he maintained his position that SDM had not cheated. However the game had changed for the Succulent Lamb Brigade who had turned a blind eye to the criminal tax avoiding excesses of SDM. They traded their last vestiges of journalistic integrity for the inside track on the latest Rangers transfer target. Traynor was not a journalist, he was an errands boy for David Murray. His protege Keith Jackson is cut from the same cloth. He is the last remaining dinosaur in The Daily Record’s Jurassic Park.

When Charles Green’s liberty was at stake, he blew the gaffe on a conspiracy at the heart of Scottish football. Rangers were being liquidated. His company had bought a basket of assets to trade as Rangers. They were a new club. Charles Green’s counsel blew the lid off a five way agreement that was set up to propagate the myth that Rangers had survived liquidation and continued unchecked with 114 titles intact.

When the SFA are exposed in regard to this conspiracy, they resort to the Radio Clyde tactic of playing the man. John Clarke of the Scottish Football Monitor experienced this first hand when he had a meeting with Alan McRae and Darryl Broadfoot at Hampden. When he took them to task on this conspiracy, they resorted to  inquiring whether he was on his way to Celtic Park that evening. Their subtext was: ‘Run along now Timmy, remember your place. We at the SFA decide the rules and if we state that they are Rangers continued you can just suck it up.’

So despite Charles Green’s revelations and HMRC’s appeal that resulted in three of the most senior Scottish Law Lords stating that EBT were vehicles for disguised remunerations, i.e. illegal, the SFA and the SPFL want us to move on. They allowed David Murray’s Rangers to illegally register players for twelve years. As he did so two of his former executives, Gordon Smith and Campbell Ogilvie, were in senior executive position at the SFA. It should be noted that the judges at the Upper Tier Tribunal took a dim view of the witness statements by David Murray, Mr Black. This was a euphemism for his lying through his back teeth.

You could not make it up. The corruption in the Scottish game is overwhelming. It is tainted at so many levels that individuals throw their hands up in despair. As the Rangers fans don magic hats and bread wrappers, the bombast is back. They cheated, they got away with it and they plan to rub CFC’s nose in it. They even sing about it with the anthem ‘We’re up to our kness in EBTs.’

At this point I’m going to add a little fuel to the pyre that is Scottish football. There is a victim mentality at Celtic Park. Referees who despise their supporters and their pro I.R.A. chants of the past have punished them with corrupt decisions. Alan Muir, who officiated at The Scottish Cup Semi-Final of 2015, is the latest in a long line of Rangers supporting referees who love nothing more than to subvert one of their matches. Jim Farry was proven to be illegally delaying the registration of Jorge Cadete so that he could not participate in an Old Firm derby, a game Rangers won 2-1. When Cadete was eventually registered, Farry instructed the referees to go hard on him in retribution, so they chalked off one of his legitimate goals in an Old Firm derby.

With this mindset, and the overwhelming corruption, they are looking for a Fergus McCann type character to stand up and be counted, but all they have is the obsequious No Pistol Pete, who thought that he could play them by offering them four victories against Rangers. However Rangers were not prepared to be Lawwell’s sacrificial lambs to the slaughter. While he continued in his four year strategy of downsizing, Mark Warburton was building a football team.

With less than £1m, he has created a team that any independent observer would agree was the match of CFC at Hampden. He has gelled a confection of loan signings, Bosman signings, out of contract players and EFL rejects to play eye-catching possession football. I was one of many critics when he unveiled his acquisition of  the two Bosman signings from Accrington Stanley. Mr Warburton has had a look at the CFC squad and has come to the conclusion that the majority of them are of EFL standard, with a couple who might get a game in a Championship club. Rangers have an excellent manager and an ethos of possession football. CFC will hire the latest failed manager looking for a route back to The English Championship.

Mark Warburton will not have a significant budget, if any, in the close season. Rangers are broke, are heavily in debt and have no access to overdraft facilities. Despite this they can compete against CFC who have squandered their financial competitive advantage.

The CFC fans are deserting in their droves as they know that CFC are complicit in the conspiracy that lionises Rangers. Peter Lawwell’s almost thirteen year tenure at Celtic Park will count for nothing when only 20,000 supporters renew their season tickets. No Pistol Pete has been invited into a tent where they are all  pissing out on sporting integrity.

The Curious Case Of David Murray

The Rangers Football Club Plc (In Administration)
Joint Administrators
Interim Report to Creditors 10 July 2012
Statutory InformationDate of Incorporation
27 May 1899
Registered Number
SC004276
Company Directors in thelast 3 years: Date Appointed – Date Resigned
Andrew Ellis 20 January 2012  – N/A

David King 30 March 2000- N/A

Craig Whyte 6 May 2011-N/A

Martin Bain 6 September 2001- 23 June 2011

Philip Betts 6 May 2011 20 January 2012

John Greig 6 February 2004- 16 October 2011

Alastair Johnson 6 February 2004- 23 May 2011

John McClelland 14 September 2000- 16 October 2011

Michael McGill 16 October 2009- 6 May 2011

Donald McIntyre 12 June 2006- 7 October 2011

Donald Muir 16 October 2009- 6 May 2011

Paul Murray 20 September 2007- 23 May 2011

David Murray 18 January 1989- 26 August 2009

 

When David Murray sold his 85.3% of  RFC Plc  to Craig Whyte’s Wavetower for £1, was anyone aware that he had resigned his position on the Rangers board  21 months prior to the sale? Could we speculate why he chose to step down? Could it have been due to his involvement in the illegal tax avoidance scheme, namely the DOS/VSS scheme,  and his botched roll-out of the EBT tax avoidance strategy that also rendered  it illegal?

Was Mr Murray alive to the tenets  of The Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act of 1973?  Under section 6 of the Act an obligation is extinguished after five years:

(a) Without any relevant claim having been made in relation to the obligation.

(b) Without the subsistence of the obligation having been relevantly acknowledged.

In general terms, this applies to:

1.Obligations to pay a sum of money;

2.Obligations to pay compensation;

3.Contract and breach of contract claims.

As of 26 August 2014, Mr Murray was in the clear. Is it any wonder that he was keen to take on HMRC to prolong their investigations into EBT? Those players who received a side letter from Mr Murray who may have believed that they could raise a class action against him, should think again.

 

A Seven Way Agreement

Now that Rangers have successfully navigated their journey to the top tier of Scottish football, the origin and destination of this journey should be relatively easy to assimilate. However this is not the case. There is a conflict between two individuals. Those individuals are Charles Green and Neil Doncaster. The latter is a trained solicitor, but having graduated from Bristol University his career path would almost certainly have not led to partner status and the salary that he earns at The SPFL. Partners in city firms tend to have Oxford University’s Somerville College as their alma mater, or the internationally renowned law faculties of Harvard and Yale. Mr Doncaster also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Mr Doncaster is the best educated individual in Scottish football governance. He is also the architect of both five way agreements.

Most individuals blame Stewart Regan for the five way artifice as he went on record in regard to the social unrest that would ensue if the Rangers journey was not limited to no more than one season.He argued that other clubs that were reliant on the blue pound would fall by the wayside. He was actually arguing to preserve the £33m turnover of the SFA. Mr Regan is fond of his own voice, but the real player in this conspiracy was Neil Doncaster. He threatened clubs with an SPL II if they did not vote Rangers into the then first division. Doncaster’s SPL II construct would include Rangers and exclude the SFL clubs that did not vote as advised by  Doncaster’s three-line whip.

The SFL clubs would not be bullied. Rangers as a new club started their journey from SFL II. Charles Chutzpah Green was fully aware that he had bought a basket of assets for Sevco Scotland and was planning to trade as The Rangers Football Club Ltd. Rangers could not continue as a going concern. It’s being liquidated. Of course the true narrative does not sell 38,000 season tickets to watch games against postmen, or deliver an IPO that raises £22m. Yet when push came to shove, when his liberty was at stake, counsel for Charles Green told the truth. There was no Rangers, just Sevco Scotland trading as Rangers.

This inconvenient truth in the Inner House of The Court of Session is at odds with Neil Doncaster’s narrative that Rangers are the same limited company of 1899 and that all titles won since their inception in 1872 are now the preserve of Charles Green’s construct, The Rangers Football Club Ltd.

If the Rangers that will play in the Scottish Premiership next season put their hands up and said that they are a new club formed in 2012 with only minor titles and a Petrofac Cup to their name, the factual narrative that is most persuasive, would they be welcomed with open arms? I posit that they would. If they advocated that they are the spiritual successors of the old club, would anyone challenge this position? This is my position and I’m comfortable with it but my perspective is not popular.

If Rangers had continued, their world record haul of 114 titles could be sweated to the commercial advantage of Neil Doncaster at the SPFL and Stewart Regan at the SFA. The former can spin 54 titles, the latter 33 Scottish Cup wins. The former sold the 54 titles to Ladbrokes, the latter to William Hill. Broadcasters Sky and BT Sport have also been sold on this history. Let’s imagine a scenario where TRFC were sent to The Lowland League and Spartans followed a similar path to the top tier. Would Sky, BT Sport,Ladbrokes and William Hill be as incentivised by their progress and their forthcoming Scottish Cup final against Hibs?  Neil Doncaster runs a business with a turnover of £24m. This turnover is exclusively derived from broadcasting and sponsorship. His salary and bonus would be at risk if a new brand entered Scottish football. He was the architect of the renaissance of an old brand. Rangers are on their way to liquidation. Doncaster kept the brand alive.

Everyone who has a stake in Rangers benefits from Neil Doncaster’s decision to award 54 league titles and 27 league cups. They also benefit from the award of 33 Scottish Cups from Rangers ‘Old Firm’ partners at the SFA. However let’s imagine a scenario where Doncaster and Regan decided to give these 114 titles to Spartans. As they are in the gift of the SPFL and the SFA, who could stop them? If Rangers were playing in the Lowland League and they sold Ibrox to Spartans, would this bolster Spartans case to be awarded the old titles?

Everyone knows that the SFA, the SFL, the SPL, Sevco Scotland and Duff & Phelps were the signatories to a deal that would strip Rangers of fifteen unsound titles. In the final analysis all 114 were conferred to Charles Green, not the 99 sugar-coating to buy the support of the SPL clubs, and subsequently the SFL clubs.

The transfer of 54 league titles and 27 league cups occurred when Eric Riley of CFC was on the board of directors at the SPL. The transfer of 33 Scottish Cup titles occurred under the watch of Peter Lawwell on The Professional Game Board of the SFA. The Five Way Agreement promised only 99 titles to TRFC. The Seven Way Agreement, courtesy of Riley and Lawwell, gave Charles Green all 114 titles.

So as one accesses the glorious continued history of Rangers on the SPFL website, raise your glasses gentlemen to Eric Riley and Peter Lawwell, the men for whom 99 was not enough. Those stakeholders who have a vested interest in the continuation of Rangers include the the current CEO and former FD of Celtic Plc.

A Liar’s Charter

Three Appeal Judges at North Gauteng High Court, having seen King testify for four days, issued the following statement:

“ We are unanimous in finding that King is a mendacious witness whose evidence should not be accepted on any issue unless it is supported by documents and other objective evidence.It was remarkable that King showed no sign of embarrassment or any emotion when he conceded that he had lied to the (SARS) commissioner in a number of his income tax returns. In our assessment, he is a glib and shameless liar.”

King, who at one time faced 323 charges, lied, bribed and intimidated his way to beating all but forty-two of them. He was convicted of 41 criminal offences of tax evasion, and sentenced to three months prison for contempt of court (suspended for three years.)  When ‘approved’ by the SFA, he was on licence in regard to the three months prison sentence. Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United play football under a different code. A code where a director is suspended from Leeds United for not paying the VAT due on an imported land rover. Relative to King, Massimo Cellino is a choir boy.

However there’s more. Both King and Paul Murray should have been precluded from being  directors in any Scottish football club by dint of another SFA article that unequivocally states that any executive who held a board position within five years prior to a member club undergoing an insolvency event, is prohibited from being a director.

Yet for all this information, and the finding by a court that Mr King admitted to lying in his tax returns which is a crime in South Africa as it is in the UK; and the finding that Mr King is a mendacious witness and a glib and shameless liar, which constitutes perjury, Mr Regan and his craven cabal approved both King and Murray. Is it any wonder that Mike Ashley was ‘surprised.’  I assume that surprised is a euphemism for astonished.

However Mr Regan is on record as stating that :“The fit and proper person test is a myth. There is no test!”

The liar’s charter for directors in Scottish football is one where they sign a form that states:

  1. They have read and understood the SFA Articles of association.
  2. There is no impediment to their elevation to office.
  3. They cede authority to the SFA and will show due deference to the SFA.
  4. They will not pursue matters in a civil court.

At this point all you require is a signature from your club secretary, James Blair, and that’s the end of the matter. However not on this occasion. Mr King and Mr Murray were not approved as directors of the member club. One assumes that their faxed director forms were rejected.

Paul Murray was approved by a majority vote by the Professional Game Board. In regard to King’s  inordinately more controversial approval, Regan was so concerned about obtaining a majority that he called a meeting of only seven members, with one non-voting observer.

You won’t find these facts in any article written by Keith Jackson in his Trinity Mirror title, The Daily Record. Jackson is not the sharpest tool in the Record box. He is regarded as a dinosaur whose tenure is limited. He is not a graduate. Part-time study at Stow College  is the bare minimum one would expect from Jackson, but surprisingly no academic qualifications whatsoever are listed in his Trinity Mirror profile. Is he a bumped-up coffee boy? I invite Jack Irvine, a contributor to this site, to provide my readers with an insight.

The candidate profile for a Trinity Mirror trainee video sports journalist is one where a degree in English or journalism is a prerequisite. Trainees should have shown an aptitude for writing during their student days via participation in a students newsletter or an established blog. Candidates must also have an awareness of all the major social media blogs within their designated sport. If you fit this profile you will earn £16,000 per annum. The salary for an established video journalist is £23,500.

So why does Mr Jackson earn £80,000-£100,000 when he does not have the qualifications of a trainee?  The simple answer is that he’s cunning. Those cosy little video chats at the Daily Record are used to defend the positions of the sports desk journalists. The editor uses them as evidence that his team are video savvy and conform to the new Trinity Mirror standard. Did you think this exercise was for the benefit of the online record readers? How naive of you.

The salaries I specified are for positions in Canary Wharf. The application date for candidates ended a couple of weeks ago. Jackson who had the audacity to file copy on The Australian Open from watching it in his sitting room, is an embarrassment to his profession. His dumb acceptance of Craig Whyte’s PR should have been the death knell of his career. However in his defence he is an adept Twitter correspondent. His  blatant ‘copy and paste’ of articles by Phil Mac Giolla Bhain’s has resulted in Mr McGivery  protecting his copy. Jackson now has to write it out line for line. We can but hope that he picked up shorthand with all the other secretaries at Stow College.

The good news is that The Daily Record is a failing title. Its subversion of the facts has a limited corporate life span. Jackson has so little knowledge of the legal profession that he invented a scenario where costs would be of a magnitude of several hundred thousand pounds. The QC that appeared for the SFA will charge £3,5000 plus VAT for appearing, and £400-£600 per hour for instructions. Twenty hours would be the norm, so Mr Dunlop’s total bill will be a maximum of £15,500 plus VAT. Burness Paull, who prepared the case, will typically charge £200-£400 per hour. A typical total for a one day judicial review with QC representation is circa £30,000. King was not represented by a QC. His barrister would charge £1,350 per day and the lower £200-£400 per hour for instructions. I estimate that the combined total of both will be no more than £50,000.

Anderson Strathern for King were not direct respondents to the MASH petition. They were a related party respondent. The idea of costs for reputational damage on facts long established in South African courts is frankly ludicrous. It could only be believed by someone as stupid as Keith Jackson.

An interesting postscript to this matter is that Mike Ashley now has in his possession a dossier that damns Regan and his craven cabal. Mr Regan is doing his utmost to leave his corrupt Rangers-serving sinecure behind him and move on to a better rewarded post at the English Football Association. He has been to date unsuccessful in his applications for several positions. Mr Ashley who wants Regan to be far removed from any position of governance apropos Newcastle United, would undoubtedly pass this dossier to the English FA should Regan ever make a short list. Perhaps his next position will be the UEFA representative for Scottish football. Is this his rationale for conspiting with No Pistol Pete to kick resolution 12 into the long grass?