Tarred With A Sectarian Brush

Prior to the central thrust of this piece I pause to first of all congratulate Celtic on their outstanding result in Belgium and to look at the schism in Mr Bean’s dressing room. There was a ‘clear the air‘ meeting with the Lite squad on Monday. Square-Go-Pedro, who is currently featuring in a viral video of a confrontation with another manager where the bull-shit fighter clearly drops his spuds, decided to take the bull by its horns on Monday. He accused the Scottish contingent of not welcoming his team and the foreign players to Auchenhowie. He accused Dorrans of not following instructions when he passed the captain’s armband to Miller. His ferocity took the players who openly deride him by surprise. However it won’t change their recalcitrance as Caixinha has one foot out of the Auchenhowie door.

Someone at the Record desk then leaked the story to Slim Shady Traynor who duly turned the fractious narrative on its head, via a friendly website,  with a calming balm of a positive meeting and everyone now pulling in the same direction. The spinning in Scottish football is more industrious than the play on the park.

I digress. The title of this piece should have given the game away. The anti-hero of this narrative is none other than Phil Macgiollabhain. I can assure readers that my article will not be coloured by Phil Mac’s injudicious comment that your humble correspondent is ‘heroically in exile.‘ This from a man who chooses to comment on Scottish football while safely ensconced in Donegal. For the record Mr. Macgiollabhain if I return from exile and elude those who are conspiring to assassinate me, my elderly and infirm parents will be targeted. I could really go to town on you buddy, but I won’t. Suffice to say that should we ever find ourselves in the same room, at an awards ceremony for example, I can promise you a robust rebuttal of your comment.

Phil Mac and I are of the opinion that those who venerate a Ku Klux Klan chapter founder, Billy Fullerton, are tarred with the same Klan brush. The Klan are a group of knuckle-dragging bigots who prefer a primordial swamp of Fenian blood of a 1690 vintage to the 21st century. Phil Mac’s perspective led to a lobby group who had solicited his views issuing the following statement to distance themselves from the lay member of the NUJ:

 

SRtRC clarity on meeting with Phil MacGiollaBhain

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 IN SCOTLAND

“Campaign Manager Nicola Hay spoke to Phil Mac Giolla Bhain on Saturday afternoon and they agreed to meet up to discuss anti-Irish racism as well as the historical context on the back of our research findings.

Phil Mac Giolla Bhain is not working for, or volunteering with, Show Racism the Red Card.

Prior to the meeting, we knew that Phil had previously criticised the organisation’s efforts to tackle anti-Irish racism and having previously received complaints from members of the public that not enough is being done, Show Racism the Red Card would like to address the issue.

During the meeting, a number of issues were discussed.

Both Nicola and Phil spoke about Marriage Equality, LGBTQI Rights, Women’s Rights, Anti-Irish Racism, Poverty Inequality and a sense to address injustice.

Following the meeting, concerned members of the public highlighted a number of articles and references made by Phil in his writing.

The Scottish team have now read through the articles and we are concerned by some of the offensive language used in labelling a group of people. Whilst we understand that Phil has been the victim of racism and that he wants to address anti-Irish racism, we do not feel that the approach he takes is constructive in terms of working across divides.

This morning Nicola called Phil and expressed concern pertaining to the language used in reference to Rangers FC supporters and had a detailed conversation about the key differences between his approach and Show Racism the Red Card’s approach, as we feel it is counter-productive in bridging divides and working toward finding a solution to the problem. To that end, our approaches are incompatible.

Within the meeting, and again during the phone call it was reiterated that we do not label people racist – only a person’s language and behaviour can be racist and through labelling we only further entrench divides, shutting down discourse and the opportunities to find solutions and create a fairer Scotland for All.”

Labels can be tricky. For a lighter touch on a serious topic, allow me to present Peter Cooke’s satirical take on labels:

Derek & Clive –
“Labels”

[ from the album “Ad Nauseam” (1978) ]

CLIVE:
It’s very easy to get muddled up  muddled up, i’n’it?
DEREK:
Ohh, blimey, yeah, oh yeah, hmm.
CLIVE:
An’ I wante-, I wanted to buy some, er, dark glasses, you know.
DEREK:
Oh-h-h yeah, yeah.
CLIVE:
To keep the sun out, an’ that.
DEREK:
(sings:) #Keep the sun out of my eyes
CLIVE:
And, er, they gave me a motorcycle instead.
DEREK:
Tch! Fucking cunts, they-, they gave you a motorcycle?
CLIVE:
Yeah. They didn’t tell me, you know, and  …..
DEREK:
No.
CLIVE:
….. didn’t say what it was, …..
DEREK:
No.
CLIVE:
….. and so, you know, I got home and, er, put the cycle on me ….. nose …..
DEREK:
On your nose, yeah.
CLIVE:
….. and, er, hoped that the, you know, get some shade but it was so fucking heavy those …..
DEREK:
Yeah, right.
CLIVE:
Mine was a huge great Honda, you know.
DEREK:
Yeah, yeah.
CLIVE:
And, er, …..
DEREK:
Well, I suppose it was …..
CLIVE:
….. absolutely useless for getting …..
DEREK:
Well, it ruins your fucking eyes!
CLIVE:
….. keeping the s-, keep the sun out.
DEREK:
Ruins your eyes.
CLIVE:
And then, er, I made another mistake, I-, I jumped on my dark glasses and tried to, you know, zoom up to Kilburn at hundred miles and hour on the dark glasses …..
DEREK:
(laughs)
CLIVE:
….. I was sat on them and, er, didn’t fucking move. I was-, I felt a cunt, you know, I was sitting in the middle of the road on-, o- …..
DEREK:
Trying to rev up on one of the fucking …..
CLIVE:
Trying to rev up on a pair of polaroids, you know.
DEREK:
Yeah, yeah.
CLIVE:
They should, you know, …..
DEREK:
They should fucking label things!
CLIVE:
They should fucking label things.
DEREK:
(clears throat:) Yeah, well, I-, I went to the, er, I went to the, er, the grocers the other day, you know, …..
CLIVE:
Mmm.
DEREK:
….. get some Brussels sprouts. I said, “A pound of Brussels sprouts, please.”
CLIVE:
Yeah.
DEREK:
He gave me a packet of three. And I went home and I, you know, I boiled ’em up.
CLIVE:
Yeah.
DEREK:
And, er, well, I-, you know, Valerie …..
CLIVE:
They-, they-, they taste nothing like Brussels sprouts.
DEREK:
Well, Valerie-, Valerie said nothing and I said nothing, you know, I just-, I put a lot of salt on ’em, an’ that. Luckily they were lubricated otherwise they’d have been really dreadful.
CLIVE:
Yeah.
DEREK:
But I-, you know, if people would label things, take the fucking time out to label things …..
CLIVE:
Yeah, I mean, I bet-, I bet there’s some poor cunt who, you know, got some girl up the spout ’cause he put Brussels sprouts all over his knob …..
DEREK:
Right! Well …..
CLIVE:
….. as a precaution. That’s no fucking good.
DEREK:
Well, there’s Derek Grebe …..
CLIVE:
Derek Grebe?!
DEREK:
Derek-, Derek Grebe, er, went in there to grocers afterwards and he said, “I’ll have a packet of three,” and they gave him a pound of Brussels sprouts.
CLIVE:
Oh, fuck, and so Doreen’s pregnant now.
DEREK:
Right, yeah.
CLIVE:
Well, y-, y-n-, my, er, my Ann. She wanted some lip gloss, you know, we’re going out celebrating that night and, er, she said, you know, “I’ll just have the French Orlain, er, lip gloss,” you know, …..
DEREK:
Yeah, that’s all, that’s …..
CLIVE:
That’s all she asked for.
DEREK:
Yeah, yeah …..
CLIVE:
And, er, they gave her a cement mixer.
DEREK:
Tch.
CLIVE:
And she was distraught, you know, I said, you know, I-, she’s always, you know, late dressing, fiddling around with her hair, and that, you know …..
DEREK:
Ohh, wait a moment, you see, cor, fucking hell, ‘s coming back to me! Two weeks ago, tch, Fred was going to put down a patio outside the backyard …..
CLIVE:
Yeah, I remember that.
DEREK:
….. and, er, I went out there about four hours later, he said he’d been working for about four hours, …..
CLIVE:
Yeah.
DEREK:
….. and there was fucking lip gloss all over the grass.
CLIVE:
Oh, shit, that’s-
DEREK:
That’s probably what’s happened.
CLIVE:
Ob-, Obv-, O-, Obviously th-, err, that’s where …..
DEREK:
There’s been that confusion.
CLIVE:
….. there’s been that confusion.
DEREK:
Christ. Fucking n-. You see if only people would label …..
CLIVE:
If-, if they’d fucking label things you-, y-, y-, you’d know where you were.

 

Does one have to wear a white robe and matching pointy hat to be a member of The Klan or can one go in mufti in a Rangers Lite Retro Replica shirt?  Would it not be fair to conclude that someone who was a staff writer for Sinn Féin would have an informed take on the matter?

Are those whom are quick to complain the same pressure group who railed against his article in The Belfast Telegraph and put so much pressure on The Sun that they canned their planned serialisation of his book, Downfall?

Phil Mac is not Salman Rushdie. He has not penned ‘the best novel of all time‘ or won The Booker Prize. There is no Iranian Fatwa dogging his every step. However his path is being blocked by the bigot Je Suis Graham and his cabal of Continuation Jihadists.

There was no ritual burning of Downfall on Glasgow Green. However the persecution of his editor, Angela Haggerty, resulted in a six months prison sentence for the vile perpetrator.

Book shops were targeted by the unemployed Sons of Strewth advocates who like the overwhelming majority of those who railed against Rushdie had not even read Phil Mac’s oeuvre.

Rangers implosion under £168.6m of debt and tax evasion is well-documented. The team currently playing at Ibrox is not Rangers. No amount of brow-beating will change this prosaic fact.

Maybe The Klan is not the best label for the Fullerton apologists. One is struck by the similarities of Hitler’s Bully Boys, The Sturmabteilung (the original paramilitary wing of the Nazi Party) and the Billy Boys.

Is this another label that would be proscribed by the chocolate teapot lobby group, Show Racism the Red Card?

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17 thoughts on “Tarred With A Sectarian Brush”

  1. I think you can label Sevco fans as sectarian and bigoted. Also Show racism do NOTHING to highlight their repertoire of songs at ALL matches. It’s about time the press in Scotland started doing something as well. I won’t hold my breath on either doing anything.

    1. Mr MacDonald, Glass house dweller throwing stones – rather silly occupation when tarred with many brushes oneself. Silly old chap indeed.

      1. Camnod – I take your point loosely in as much as there are elements of bigotry on both sides but to coin a phrase used by Phil “for the avoidance of doubt” are you suggesting that one is as bad as the other? …Id simply ask that you acknowledge that the anti-irish racism is exponentially worse.
        Would you concede that much ?

  2. Just so we’re clear here, you have an issue with an anti racism charity dropping it’s association with a known bigot?
    Are you so monumentally naive to think it was only Rangers fans who complained about this?
    What about the Motherwell, St.Mirren, Dunfermline(myself), Hearts, Hibs, Hamilton etc fans who have an issue with this?
    Are we now classed as racist or bigoted now because we are disgusted with the language this fantasist used when penning the infamous ‘incubator’ article?
    I mean just look at the comment above by Jim MacDonald. Tarring everyone with the same brush? That’s exactly what a bigot does, and it’s rather telling you happily published that comment.

  3. Dear JJ,
    I support a diddy team, Celtic and my nation Scotland. I find anything that Phil ……. if only I could spell his name, all a bit irrelevant gossip possibly not verified. I would not waste my time not because of his past but the fact that he never comes up with anything relevant. Just my uneducated opinion!
    Please take care of yourself.

    1. Yes Neil it is an uneducated opinion . Phil ‘s work is very relevant in exposing the bigotry and hatred against Catholics and in particular Irish Catholics which is prevalent in the Ibrox support. I recommend you educate yourself by reading more of his well researched ,verifiable articles ….

    2. Neil couldn’t disagree more , his blog started flagging up problems at rangers in 2010 , everything he has written has come to pass ,the information uncovered on both these sites is accurate and has raised thorny issues to both ex Rangers and its Pheonix sevco ,the trouble is none of this is being followed up by mainstream journalists, it was laid bare by alex Thomson on Clyde for everyone to hear the facts are there it has just been ignored , do you think Farepack ,Would get away with staring over again using the same name and trading history ,I don’t think so

  4. jj, donation made: 0FX06843VJ650xxxx.
    Great reading. Enjoy a glass of Barolo on me.

    Regards, Brooklyncharmer.

    JJ: Thank you buddy. I love a full-bodied Barolo.

  5. What a lot of wishy washy nonsense from SRTRC.We don’t label people as racist??? I think you are operating in the wrong country in that case.Come out against your friends in the Establishment club and call it as it is,cowards…..

  6. I loved their comment, “concerned members of the public”, a bit disengenuous there. They mean largely knuckledraggers, if I am allowed to use that term. SRtRC should be renamed, Show some racism an occasional yellow, rescinded on appeal. The weekly song book from the bigots/racists should be constantly attacked, bigotry in this case being anti Irish racism, just look at their comments on fans groups. I would also include criticism of the pro IRA stuff my club sings, not racist as such but inappropriate if we want to criticise another club. As for Phil, attacking everything he says after one article in poor taste says more about the attacker.

  7. This certainly caused some stir and a few opinions from the margins to surface! I think what surprises me the most is how quick people are to tar other people as bigots. There’s Mr MacDonald’s blanket accusations against all Sevco fans; camnod’s more measured implication that Mr MacDonald himself is the equivalent of a bigot; and Jeff volunteering that Phil Mac’ is a known bigot (not sure by who as it’s not known to me). Now I’m not saying all of you are bigots – I’m sure you aren’t – but the whole “through labeling we further entrench divides…” bit of the statement certainly seems to have a bit of a point here.

    Phil is entitled to put across his point in his choice of language without it diminishing the validity of the point. Hell, if you’ve a problem with his terminology in the ‘Incubator’ piece then I’d really like to know what you make of Chris Rock’s choice of terms in what most would agree is a positive message (https://genius.com/Chris-rock-niggas-vs-black-people-annotated). I personally feel that the use of the word ‘mansplaining’ should be disdained by feminists (men mansplain, because they are men, and this is behaviour exclusive to a masculine gender and women can’t behave that same way) but I’d never claim it doesn’t relate to a real problem that females face way more than men or that those that use it are sexist. It entrenches!

    The fact is even in that article he was very clear it was an element of the support, not all or necessarily a majority. To paraphrase JJ’s title, he didn’t tar all with the same brush. While I might agree with SRTRC on that particular point though, the central premise of the article should not be overshadowed by this. That point I agree with is being used to distance an organisation supposed to stand up to Racism from someone who is an expert in the field from which they could clearly learn. If they want to appease the same parties who perpetrate the type of racism that is the subject matter, by all means bring in an expert on anti-Scottish/British racism to balance out the information gathering. What they’ve done is nothing short of pandering which only goes on to encourage the behaviour they should be vocal against. They should be ashamed of themselves for not being resolute an unapologetic in their quest for better knowledge and understanding.

  8. No time for the guy I am afraid. Was happy to take the Murdoch shilling despite their shameful and disgraceful lies about Hillsborough, which brought so much pain to so many over so many years. No so-called progressive would go near them with a bargepole, never mind an NUJ member.

  9. Tonight on BBC. British history’s biggest fibs. I can’t seem to send a link but no matter. Look it up on BBC iplayer. 300 years of delusion based on a lie. Sounds familiar

  10. I read this site and Phils. So i think the criticism of him is a bit harsh . But then again, I only donate to JJ. Sometimes a writers ego gets the better of them and they think they are the story. Not the case with you JJ hence the support

  11. Stephen McGowan in Monday’s Scottish Daily Mail finished his Glasgow derby report with a reference to the clown who threw a flare on the park and Celtic fans singing IRA songs which he should do but not any reference to the 40,000 + sevco fans singing sectarian bile or anti- Irish songs

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