We have come a long way since the ‘West was won.’ As the pioneers pushed west to the Pacific in their wagon trains, they encountered fierce opposition from Native Americans who considered themselves the rightful heirs to the land that the pioneers were prepared to take by force, or by subterfuge. The latter included trading disease-ridden blankets. I chose two wagons to represent the SFA and the SPFL. They have fired the first shots in this conflict. They both hired a gunslinger, Gerry Money-in-hand, to strike fear in our ranks. They are hoping for division and internecine conflicts between factions.
They have underestimated us. We are organised and we are intelligent. This site recently breached yet another million hit milestone. With more than 14m visits, with readers from The Vatican to Bhutan, in every corner of the globe where there is internet access, our site goes from strength to strength. Ken McDonald came onto our site to tell us that what we do here is insignificant. His words will resonate across oceans and mountain ranges. He had a voice, yet chose to waste it to denigrate this site and denigrate your humble author. His ego is his downfall. I won’t be inviting Ken to make any more comments. He’ll find a home in Follow Follow or The Bears Den.
The anonymous individual behind the Rangers Tax Case is also not a fan of our site. He has been quick to take issue with everything I write. He is another man with an ego who thinks he is the font of all knowledge. His disciples at The Scottish Football monitor are his attack dogs. At the drop of a diphthong they are all over this site like the mindless thugs in A Clockwork Orange. There is no love lost between the former blogger and the creator of this site.
However if he wishes to be the figurehead and fundraiser for a Judicial review of the corruption at the heart of Scottish football governance, then so be it. I personally would prefer Paul or David at CQN, or James Forrest at The Celtic Blog/On Fields of Green. Auldheid, who contributes comments to this site, would also be on my short list.
I will not be invited by my peers to take this battle to Hampden. If I were I would have to put my name to the Court of Session petition. The blogger behind WTC will have to reveal his identity. The SMSM will play the man but with their sales in the toilet they are easily ignored and largely irrelevant. There has been a blanket ban by editors on The Supreme Court decision. The biggest scandal in British Team Sport history is being suppressed. It’s almost as if Sir Bribe & Lie has contacted some fellow peers to arrange a D-Notice (now formally known as DSMA).
The choice of instructing solicitors is not of paramount importance. However hiring a real legal heavyweight like Donald Findlay, who like all sentient individuals is aware that The Rangers are a new club, would give this petition legs. Findlay does not suffer fools easily. He would wipe the floor with Money-in-hand’s specious contentions.
For those not willing to wade through the nonentity of a QC’s flawed contentions, where he alleges that Charles Green was ‘purported’ as buying the history of Rangers – a blatant lie – and for an encore that LNS could not be revisited due to the tenets of double jeopardy, this article will serve as a summary of my rebuttal.
Money-in-hand is an imbecile. He expounds on the Old Co/ New Co fallacy, completely ignoring Charles Green’s sworn testimony that Rangers no longer exist. There was no change of ownership. There was a change of club. To cap it all he omitted the fact that those in receipt of EBT’s, and its antecedent DOS/VSS, did not pay any National Insurance Contributions. How remiss of him.
I would back a junior advocate against this compromised conveyancing QC on any day of the week.
Money-in-hand is a straw man defending a house of cards.
Let me state this unequivocally in language that even the compromised conveyancing QC can understand. The SFA and SPFL have the legal standing of one’s local golf club. If you don’t rake the sand or replace divots, there are regulations and penalties. If on the other hand should you hire a professional golfer to win an amateur medal and a cash prize, and pay the pro cash in hand to do so, you will have your membership revoked. The medal would be allocated to the leading amateur
This is precisely what should now happen to Rangers. They cheated to win medals, trophies, cash prizes, enhanced broadcasting pay-outs and to participate in the lucrative Champions League. They should and must be stripped of their titles. It should be a gimme. But this is evidently not the case in the compromised parallel universe of Scottish Football governance.
The SPFL which represents 42 member clubs has gone to great lengths to defend a lie. The lie of continuation. It has gone to great lengths not to punish Rangers for their transgressions as the new club would ridicule their continuation theory. The SFA will not act as Stewart Regan is terrified of reprisals by The Klan, and being exposed as the liar and cheat who ignored a crystallised overdue payable to allow Rangers to participate in UEFA tournaments.
Rangers cheated and should be taken to task. If the SFA & SPFL are not prepared to do so, they too should be taken to task.