A I write this article I’m mindful of how police close ranks to look after their own. The Hillsborough inquiry is now pursuing the role played by Freemasonry in the cover-up. To get ahead in the majority of UK police forces, from the Met to Police Scotland, you have to don a blindfold, bare a nipple & knee and submit oneself to the social mores of a 1st degree mason (Entered Apprentice). In Craft Freemasonry, as opposed to Cryptic Freemasonry, there are three degrees, namely Fellow Craft (2nd degree) and Master Mason (3rd degree). To progress from constable to sergeant in Police Scotland, one must pass a sergeant’s exam. Unofficially, if one does not have 1st degree masonic accreditation, the chances of promotion are between Bob Hope and no hope. No-one makes it to Superintendent in Police Scotland without a tertiary degree in the craft. The freemasons look after their own, which may have accounted for many favourable decisions over the years when John Greig (and his predecessors) shook hands with match officials.
The Rangers supporters were in full voice last night.Their ‘songbook‘ of odious hate crime chants is worse than ever. If BT Sport continue to peddle this filth to a family audience, the very least that they can do is to provide a Parental Advisory Guidance preface to their broadcast. Children, encouraged by their Dads to follow football should not be subjected to chants of ‘Fuck the Pope’ prior to bedtime. It’s an outrage that would only be allowed by the spineless SFA, a Rangers-facing police force and the Scottish Government in Trumpton. Should all Rangers games be broadcast after the 9 p.m. watershed when anglo-saxon terms are permitted?
Two weeks from today, at 12 noon, this filth will be repeated ad nauseum. There are those of a Celtic persuasion who follow this site. James Forrest and The Clumpany have both made comments. I would ask them both to use their own forums to write to the CFC support and demand zero tolerance of any songs or chants that could be deemed as hate crime, no matter the provocation. The SMSM are waiting to tie up this invidious behaviour in an ‘Old Firm‘ bow. The Rangers supporters with laptops love nothing more than to deflect the Rangers supporters’ hate crimes by stating that the problem is on both sides of the divide. They promulgate the narrative that it’s a West of Scotland problem. It’s not. It’s a Rangers problem. If the CFC supporters don’t react, there will be heightened scrutiny on the spineless police, governors and politicians. I add one caveat. The Rangers-facing media might not even report the hate crimes. When Chris McLaughlin of the BBC highlighted this problem, he was banned and gagged.
If only those masquerading as journalists at the Daily Record could be banned and gagged? With their odious copy sales falling off a cliff to an average of 166,592 per day, the last thing they needed was the kicker of a complaint to the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) being upheld. Were Police Scotland engaged in a cover-up? Those who read this site are aware that they are prepared to look the other way in regard to the telecommunications and theft offences of Chairman Charlotte in their increasingly desperate pursuit of Craig Whyte; but surely suggesting that Rangers supporters used their children as barricades to impede a police response was beyond the pale?
The Daily Reprobate ran with the following lurid headlines:
“Cops: Mob rule outside Hampden blocked us from getting in to help.”
“ They (The Rangers supporters) started hitting and spitting at the vans, trying to rock the vans, kicking the vans, trying the doors. This isn’t a few bad eggs in the crowd, this was everyone walking past us”.
“A “mob mentality” prevailed outside the stadium; they surged towards the cops with parents using their children to block roads.”
“The General Secretary of the Scottish Police Federation asserted that the actions of (Rangers) fans outside the stadium was disgraceful.”
The General Secretary was reacting to criticism in regard to the response of what’s known as the Police Reserve, which in practice is a few vehicles containing 75 police officers who have been trained in riot control techniques. Everyone who witnessed the aftermath of the Scottish Cup Final, whether in the flesh or via live broadcasts to an armchair as was the case with Keith Jackass, did not need the Bowen report to inform them that the problems were caused by 200 or so Rangers supporters spoiling for a fight. The Rangers board and Mangetout Traynor (a die-hard Rangers supporter from the ‘No Surrender’ academy) are trying to pin/spin the blame on the Hibs fans who encroached on the park. I would invite Traynor to have a look at the BBC Scotland broadcast in which he participated apropos the last thirty years of the Scottish game. If he can tear himself away from hanging on his own words, he might notice the Rangers fans rushing on to the park to celebrate winning one of the EBT- enhanced titles. Some of them climbed a goal frame, with it collapsing under their weight. In so many ways they resembled the Hibs fans after the Scottish Cup Final. There were parallels of celebration and relief. There was one marked difference. The encroaching Rangers fans were not set upon by two hundred football hooligans who almost certainly won’t be banned from Ibrox. The SFA will look the other way. No-one anticipates Regan actually putting in a shift for his £250,000 per annum SFA sinecure? He would prefer to host ephemeral unofficial meetings at his well-appointed office in Hampden, or his local branch of The Scottish Football Metaphysics Society. If you are from Ibrox he might even provide the key to his executive WC to compensate for the dilapidated facilities at The Old Lady of Edmiston Drive. Rumours that Stewart Robertson arrives at Hampden in a state of advanced constipation are probably wide of the mark.
I digress. The IPSO Committee asserted:
“The newspaper said that it received an email from somebody who identified himself as a serving police officer who described the incident in detail; it said it had been unable to verify whether or not the person who sent the email was a police officer. However, it said that the allegations had been set out as claims rather than facts, and that it had taken sufficient care over the article. It said that the account was checked with two further police sources, neither of whom was present at the incident: one said that there had been “chat” amongst officers about the incident, while the other gave an account which tallied with the information in the email. It said it had also contacted the General Secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, who said that some of the accounts he had heard accorded with the account provided in the email.”
The complainant’s first hand account was somewhat different. It’s fortunate that this individual remains anonymous as police have been known to avenge those who challenge their party line. The eye-witness stated:
“The police did not activate their sirens and made no attempt to drive around cars that were stuck due to the number of people on the road. He said that while there was sarcastic applause from the majority of fans and some “mild verbal abuse” directed at the police due to their late arrival, there were no confrontations. He said that it was nonsense to suggest that parents were using their children to block the road. He denied that anybody hit or spat at police vans, and said it was inaccurate to report that “everybody walking past” had taken part in what the article said had taken place. The complainant said that the article had not provided any photographic or video evidence of the “attacks”, and said that it was totally fabricated.”
Surely reporters from The Reprobate, taking their lead from Jackass and his Rangers’ players assaults fabrications, did not just make it up as they went along? Perish the thought. They had an ace up their sleeve:
“The newspaper also provided a tweet from somebody who it said was a Rangers supporter who appeared to confirm that the incident had taken place.”
Is it just me or is anyone else suffering from slack-jawed astonishment at what passes for journalism at The Daily Reprobate? An e-mail from what might have been from a serving police officer or perhaps someone pepetrating a hoax; a tweet from an account purporting to be that of a Rangers supporter (Chris Jack anyone?) and some officer who overhead some chat. This is so flimsy that Sandy Bryson, the SFA’s registration chargé d’affaires, would be hard-pushed to deem it eligible. Calling it imperfect would elevate it to the level of Chris Jack’s musings from his Mister Matey bubble bath.
The IPSO committee concluded:
“In circumstances where Rangers supporters were accused of violence towards police, and other anti-social behaviour, the attempts it had made to support the account of an unidentified source it had been unable to verify were not sufficient to demonstrate that care had been taken over the accuracy of the article. Given the seriousness of the allegations, and given that the unidentified source appeared to be a police officer seeking to address criticism over the conduct of the police following the match, it was of particular concern that the newspaper had sought to corroborate the account only with police contacts, none of whom were present during the alleged incidents. In addition, the manner in which the claims had been published gave the significantly misleading impression that they had been corroborated by multiple independent eyewitnesses. The complaint was upheld as a breach of Clause 1(i) – Accuracy”
The Reprobate were ordered to publish a retraction. How this organ with its excuse for journalists commands a C2DE daily readership of 166,592 is beyond my comprehension. Does Russell Grant continue to peddle Pisces pish at the Record? If not he should be hired immediately as The Reprobate’s answer to Derek Johnstone. We would then have the comfort of knowing that his reportage was Canis-Major dog-eared,with ascending Taurus bullshit.