It has always been my custom to highlight the measured and eloquent comments of my readers. Those whom best capture the prevailing zeitgeist are given pride of place in an article with the prospect of being read by a wider audience. The following comment was not published on our site. It was published on SFM. I only drop by this site to ensure that I don’t miss anything by Auldheid, who has his finger on the pulse. I also skim through the mundane minutiae of other contributors, of whom I’m eternally grateful no longer comment on our site, to settle on an insight by Easyjambo. I have added one more name to my short list. That of Lugosi:
“As the SPFL perform an unexplained backward somersault on their previously stated position one is left to ponder on where we go from here.
Auldheid is, as always, performing heroics keeping us up to speed in general terms and to him I am grateful. However, no matter which angle the matter is approached from or whichever aspect of the matter is found most egregious; be it the tax cheating, the lying, the concealment of documents, the inaction of authorities, the denials, the deflection, the spin, the fobbing off, the impact on other clubs, the extraction of fans’ money under false pretences, the Permarage, the ongoing sectarianism, racism and bigotry, the casual disregard for imperfectly registered players, the tolerance of certain individuals anywhere near the administration of a football business (other disgraces are available), certain things keep coming up.
At the risk of underthinking I view the matter as nothing more than a jigsaw puzzle. It’s not even a particularly difficult jigsaw. The only problem is that we’ve been trying to complete the jigsaw while a number of the jigsaw pieces have been deliberately withheld from us. One of the pieces that is missing is that while the caravan has kept rolling the barking of certain dogs has been conspicuously absent.
I don’t think I have seen a reference to, far less heard a word from, Nicholas Stewart or Charles Flint in the last four and a half years.These gentlemen it will be recalled, or perhaps some wish you would not recall, comprised two-thirds of the Commission chaired by Lord Nimmo Smith. It will be recalled that the Commission Decision on 28th February 2013 was unanimous and accordingly none of the three Commission members displayed the testicular fortitude shown by Dr Heidi Poon in proceedings in another place. The question remains; no matter where we are is there anything to stop the three Commission members, all of whom hold/held the rank of Queen’s Counsel, from being asked to provide an Opinion on what they were told then and what we know now? If they want a Fee pay it; it’ll be buttons in the scheme of the shape of things to come. The learned gentlemen will know that one potential outcome, whether they wish to be amenable now or not, is that they may be cited to appear at a Judicial Review and be obliged to give evidence under oath when the same questions can be asked but this time the answers will have to be the truth, nothing but the truth and that oft overlooked part of the oath, the whole truth.
It might only be one piece of the jigsaw but it would put a lot of the “Lord Nimmo Smith said…” myth to bed.”
For those of my readers not familiar with the concept of Permarage, the Urban Dictionary provides the following definition:
Permarage: existing in a stage of permanent rage, to be permanantly raging. This is exclusively associated with the odious, bigoted, anti-catholic, sectarian supporters of Glasgow Rangers.”
I have often had the feeling over the past two years that I have been piecing together a jigsaw puzzle. It took a while to emerge but we found out that Ménage a trois Ballantyne and David Longmuir took it upon themselves to confer SPL and SFA titles to Sevco Scotland. This corrupt artifice was cooked up behind closed doors by Real Rangers Men, one of whom, who has never been heard saying ‘three’s a crowd“, had equity in RFC plc.
This corruption did not see the light of day until Neil Doncaster took it upon himself to announce that Sevco Scotland Ltd was the latest trading name of a continued Rangers. This was of course a lie as everyone on the Clapham Omnibus knew that Rangers were being liquidated. Rangers may have started off as a joint undertaking by a couple of friends but by 1899 they had become an incorporated Small Medium Enterprise. This business went bust.
Longmuir and Ménage a trois also conferred 17 unsound titles, 15 of which were designated for Room 101 in the first two drafts of The Five Way Agreement. We therefore now know that there were five signatories to the titles being conferred.
It’s a corrupt stitch-up to create the myth of a continued Rangers, and let’s be frank here, they’ve gotten away with it.
Lugosi’s point about soliciting the opinions of Messrs Stewart and Flint is well made. If the opinions of our learned friends helped to build the consensus it would be money well spent. The concatenation of testicular fortitude and Heidi Poon, not the easiest of bedfellows, was inelegant but did not materially detract from Lugosi’s central message.
When one considers what to do with the corrupt cabal who run Scottish football I am reminded of a quote made by Tony Benn in 2005.
We are fully aware of the extent of the SFA’s powers. They can bend their regulations at will and create the mind-numbingly disingenuous mantra of ‘Imperfectly registered but eligible.’
The SFA’s power base is the 42 professional clubs and to a lesser extent those in the junior ranks who have only one voice on the Professional Game Board. It’s no surprise that Regan wrote to all the professional clubs to expound on his anathema to raking over old coals. Old coals masking burning concerns.
The third question is the easiest to answer. The SFA believe that a strong Rangers is good for the Scottish game. A strong Rangers attracts sponsors. A strong Rangers adds a zero to Scottish Cup broadcasting returns. The SFA are exercising their power to the benefit of Rangers Lite hoping that the crumbs that fall from the Blue Room table will be sufficient to sate those lower down the food chain; keeping their bellies full and their mouths shut.
The SFA are accountable to the professional and junior ranks. Peter Lawwell could raise a motion of no confidence in Regan, who on this occasion would not have Ménage a trois Ballantyne holding his jacket. However I don’t anticipate Lawwell doing this as it can get messy when pissing inside the tent.
We must pin our hopes on a Judicial Review. We must be unstinting in our crowdfunded support.
The SFA is accountable to Scots Law. One can but hope that their corrupt days are numbered.