Word reaches me that a group of prominent shareholders have approached the once beleaguered denizens of the Ibrox Gazebo to implore them to return to ‘steady the ship.’ The Penny has finally dropped that King was lying all along. Of course had they read this site they would have been forewarned about the career criminal. When the Nominated Adviser resigned, citing that they were not prepared to represent a career criminal, the scales should have fallen from their eyes. When RIFC PLC was de-listed from LSE’s AIM exchange, why did they not take pause for thought? How loud must the alarm bells be prior to affirmative action? What was the straw that broke the camel’s back? The impending Cold Shoulder which will have wide-ranging implications, or the debacle in Luxembourg?
As a postscript to the unmitigated disaster of losing to the fourth best part-time team in Luxembourg, my mole in the camp has provided some details to the discord after the fire. Apparently Kenny Miller went ‘postal’ in the dressing room. Sadly given the speed of his delivery in a broad Scots brogue, his message was lost on the second tier Spanish, Portuguese and Colombian journeymen who currently impersonate a Scottish team. Pedro did not in any way arrest Miller’s rant as the veteran striker gave his colleagues both barrels.
If Miller’s impassioned address was lost in translation, there could be no mistaking the wrath of the fans when they boarded the coach on their way to the airport, where a crowd had gathered to abuse the players. An angry mob was also awaiting them at Glasgow airport. Their coach, which they boarded on the runway, was given safe passage to Auchenhowie via a police escort. They had a day off yesterday
Pedro, who prides himself on being immaculately turned out, was so distressed that he removed his club tie and unbuttoned his shirt. His rosary beads were clearly visible. He has not offered his resignation but there is a feeling that he is a dead man walking.
Ordinarily Pedro would have been spared the worst ravages of the SMSM had the Scottish hacks diligently reported on yesterday’s Supreme Court judgement. However one had to look outside of Scotland, on Channel Four and at The Financial Times, for intelligent commentary on the biggest sporting scandal in British history.
It has been incontrovertibly proven that David Murray, Sir Bribe & Lie, defrauded the Crown by engaging in an unlawful tax avoidance scheme. £46.2m of PAYE and National Insurance Contributions were not deducted at source. Murray perpetrated an unprecedented fraud which ultimately led to the demise of Rangers Football Club. His patsy, Craig Whyte, was cleared. Murray has been caught with his pants down in flagrante delicto.
As one would have anticipated Murray ‘got in front of the story’ with the following exculpatory farrago of lies:
” I am hugely disappointed that the Supreme Court has upheld the decision of the Court of Session, reversing the decisions of the specialist tax First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal in this matter. The decision runs counter to the legal advice which was consistently provided to Rangers Football Club, that on the basis of the law and legal precedent at the time, the contributions made to the trust were not earnings and should not be taxed as such. It should be emphasised that there have been no allegations made by HMRC or any of the courts that the club was involved in tax evasion, which is a criminal offence.The decision will be greeted with dismay by the ordinary creditors of the club, many of which are small businesses, who will now receive a much lower distribution in the liquidation of the club, which occurred during the ownership of Craig Whyte, than may otherwise have been the case.
I have not had the opportunity to discuss the decision in detail with Tax Counsel, but will do so, particularly in light of proposed legislation, which will alter the tax position applying to loans made by trusts to employees. Once the impact has been assessed, a further statement will be issued.”
Sir Bribe & Lie would like us to believe that he is not a greedy grasping little spiv of the first ordure. He would like us to believe that he is not a common criminal like his partner in crime, Dave KIng. I invite Sir Bribe & Lie to take the following statement to his legal counsel:
” Would Sir David be so kind as to apprise us of the identity of the Murray International Metals executive with whom he entrusted one million dollars in cash to bribe Lawrence Marlborough to part with his equity, in addition to the six million pounds that was paid on the books?”
Police Scotland follow this site assiduously, looking for another opportunity to harass my elderly parents to apprise them of death threats and Osman letters. When will they investigate this odious mendacious criminal? Murray’s claim that he had counsel advising him that his tax avoidance was above board is disingenuous. Paul Baxendale -Walker instructed him on how to exploit a loophole that has now been firmly closed. Murray ignored his instructions, pocketed £500,000 per annum in fees -paid by EBT – and issued side letters. He knew at that point that he had crossed the line from tax avoidance to tax evasion. His counsel, Andrew Thornton QC, advised him to pay up on the illegal predecessor to EBT. Murray passed this debt and circa £500,000 in penalties to his patsy.
Would Sir Bribe and Lie like to comment on the illegal DOS/VSS artifice? Murray did not engage in tax avoidance. He engaged in tax evasion. Documents were withheld from HMRC and the SFA to perpetrate a fraud. When will Police Scotland indict Murray for tax evasion?
As one also expected, that snivelling obsequious little runt with cojones the size of raisins, Stewart Regan, is also hiding behind the skirts of a QC. He issued the following statement that had been prepared in advance:
” The Board of the Scottish FA notes the judgment of the Supreme Court and wishes to clarify the implications of this final legal decision from a football regulatory perspective. In light of the Inner House of the Court of Session decision, the Board of the Scottish FA sought external senior counsel opinion to ensure a robust and independent consideration of all implications of today’s judgment. The Board received written advice from Senior Counsel, amplified when the QC attended a full meeting of the Board to discuss his conclusions. Specifically, Senior Counsel was asked to anticipate whether a determination in favour of HMRC, as announced today, could imply that there had been a breach of the Scottish FA’s Disciplinary Rules as they applied at the time of the EBT payments. The clear opinion of Senior Counsel is that there is a very limited chance of the Scottish FA succeeding in relation to any complaint regarding this matter and that, even if successful, any sanctions available to a Judicial Panel would also be limited in their scope.
Accordingly, having had time to consider the opinion from Senior Counsel, and having examined the judgment of the UK Supreme Court, the Board has determined that no further disciplinary action should be taken by the Scottish FA at this time.”
This statement almost takes my breath away. Let’s be clear on this. Rangers cheated on an industrial scale to win 20 titles via the competitive advantage conferred by illegal tax evasion. As Hugh Adam clearly stated: “They knew they were cheating.” The SFA who should ensure that clubs comply with their regulations were asleep at the wheel. Dickson and Russell, at the behest of Murray, issued a tissue of lies to the SFA year after year.
Why did Murray and his executive team go out of their way to withhold documents from the SFA if they had nothing to hide? Sir Bribe & Lie, with Farry, Smith and the compromised Ogilvie in office, knew that the SFA would look away as he cheated his way to twenty titles. If titles are not stripped, Regan must be stripped of his office.
Celtic has awoken from its slumber with the following statement
” We note today’s decision by the Supreme Court. Celtic’s position on this issue has been consistent – that this has always been a matter for the courts of law and also the Scottish football authorities, whose rules are intended to uphold sporting integrity. In 2013, we expressed surprise – shared by many observers and supporters of the game – over the findings of the SPL Commission that no competitive or sporting advantage had resulted. Today’s decision only re-affirms that view. We are sure now that the footballing authorities in Scotland will wish to review this matter. Celtic awaits the outcome of their review.”
A review will be forthcoming whether Regan likes it or not. This review will not be the whitewash that was the LNS commission. Regan will not be allowed to sit on a supervisory panel with the power of veto. Regan knows that an independent review will expose his perjury and lies at the SFA.
I will give the final word on this lengthy article to a fearless journalist who has been vindicated:
‘Jim Spence @JimSpenceSport MoreWith Proceeds of crime Act, ill gotten gains are stripped. Football is no different after the SC judgement today, Titles won are worthless.’