The man on the Clapham omnibus is a hypothetical ordinary and reasonable person, used by the courts in English law where it is necessary to decide whether a party has acted as a reasonable person would. The man on the Clapham omnibus is a reasonably educated, intelligent but nondescript person, against whom the defendant’s conduct can be measured. The term was introduced into English law during the Victorian era, and is still an important concept in British law.
Many of my readers opine on how there are respectable Rangers Lite supporters who are riding their omnibuses to Ibrox with a minimal quantum of hubris and bombast. However when they arrive at the Citadel of Recidivism – a.k.a. The Sectarian Speakeasy – they sing the following in full voice:
We are the Billy Boys
You’ll know us by our noise
We’re up to our knees in Fenian blood
Surrender or you’ll die
For we are
The Brigton Derry Boys
Is it reasonable to rejoice at the slaughter of Irish men on the banks of the River Boyne in 1690? Is it reasonable to venerate a former member of the Ku Klux Klan?
When ‘The man on the Clapham omnibus‘ measure was introduced by the English justiciary it grew wings. By the early 1900s the hypothetical bus had a hypothetical route: Clapham to Brixton.
Would the reasonable real Rangers man engage in chants to venerate a KKK member in Brixton? If he did there would be riots. Thousands would rail against the naked racism. However Anti-Irish invective passes without notice.
Anti-Irish racism is so inured in the Rangers Lite support that it is now a part of the matchday experience. Will the lyrics of The Famine Song be reproduced in the matchday programme so that everyone can sing from the same bitter hymn sheet?
In 2006, Rangers were charged by UEFA for discriminatory chanting over the singing of “Billy Boys” during a UEFA Champions League game against Villarreal. Rangers were found not guilty due to “Billy Boys” having been sung for years without the SFA or the Scottish government intervening against it and ruled that it was tolerated as a social and historic song. However after an appeal Rangers were ordered by UEFA to make a public announcement at all home games, prohibiting the singing of the song despite UEFA admitting they were unable to do anything about it because it was a Scottish social issue. In 2011, “Billy Boys” was included in a list of chants that were been banned from Scottish football grounds as part of new legislation from the Scottish government. It was specifically banned because of its “Up to our knees in Fenian blood” line. It was banned because it was decided by the Scottish government that “Fenian” in the context of the song meant Roman Catholics and was thus sectarian despite Rangers fans stating that it meant Irish republicans or fans of their Old Firm rivals, Celtic.
Note the SFA defence that it was tolerated as a social and historic song. Regan and his Lite-appeasers were prepared to sit on their hands and do the square root of fuck all to put an end to these evil chants. The SFA could withdraw their licence and stop Rangers Lite participating in Scottish professional football but they would prefer to sing along under their breath as they take their complementary seats at Ibrox. These corrupt apologists for this behaviour are beneath contempt.
Prior to Rangers imploding in £168.6m of debt and tax evasion, one of the preferred perennials of the SMSM was to discuss the possibility of Rangers and Celtic playing under the jurisdiction of the English FA. It did not occur to one member of the SMSM that the evil chants of the Rangers support, venerating a KKK member, was a showstopper. How remiss of them.
I personally don’t care if you’re a 90 minute bigot, or a hard-line bigot who raises a toast to ‘Fuck The Pope‘ at your local lodge. You are still a bigot in my eyes and as per Scottish legislation, a criminal. Police Scotland, following the SFA’s lead, are not prepared to uphold the law.
Should there not be a Scottish Government inquiry as to why Police Scotland are not prepared to uphold the law of the land?
There is something rotten in the state of Govania and it’s not just the team on the park.