Prior to combining a number of factual threads and three exclusives, I take pause to look at the year-on-year decline of copy sales at two of Trinity Mirror’s titles:
Sunday Mail 148,105 -15.94%
Daily Record 139,703 -14.46%
An industry insider confided to me that the 140,000 threshold was the tipping point for The Record. Real Scots are evidently not reading it. This title’s demise can be traced back to 2012 when Traynor and Jackson proclaimed that Whyte was a billionaire and had wealth off the radar. They had cut and pasted a PR release. Traynor dropped to his gout-ridden knees to blow Whyte and give him the right of veto on his copy. Traynor did everything in his power to bend over backwards with the aspiration that Whyte would hire him. Traynor later informed Charles Green that he had the power to make or break him. Quite a claim for a hairy-arsed sports hack whose only discernible skill set was kicking with the right foot and his support for the Huns Without The Bus Fare, Airdrie.
In Traynor’s succulent lamp pomp, The Daily Record was the go-to site for Sir Bribe & Lies’ press releases. As Whyte revealed, as soon as SB&L had punted Rangers, his first call was to Murray Foote. The demise of Rangers, and The Record’s backing of the Labour Party in the 2014 Referendum, resulted in this title which once outsold The Daily Express (368,959) being on advertising and advertorial life support. The Sunday Mail, which does not have any sports hacks worth their candle, is now selling less that half of its 2012 output. Keith Jackson’s annual salary is the equivalent of one day’s copy sales. It’s just a matter of time before they can no longer afford this luxury.
In yesterday’s piece I highlighted Matt Lindsay’s high-kicking cheerleading for The Criminal, Adulterer and Bigot: RRM. This piece prompted an impeccable source to inform me that in a truly awful deal for RIFC’s Club 1872, Ashley was given 28p for his shares. The month before he had considered selling them for 10p to other parties.
Rangers company secretary James Blair has been melting the phone lines, calling round all major shareholders and saying :
“if you vote our way, you’ll be looked after.”
Is it not high time this conveyancing consigliere was struck off for insider trading? I will be writing to the FCA in due course to highlight the activity of this bent brief. A Bent Brief who owns Club 1872 and is effectively the proxy for their votes.
Those hoping that Rangers Lite would ‘unveil’ Alex McLeish EBT at tomorrow’s AGM have been reading the Hans Christian Andersen speculation of Citizen Smith. A reader who knew Macgiollabhain when he went by the name of Phil McGivery, had this to say:
“Everytime I see decent minded people, decent folk, donate to Phil Mac Goila Bain it really does question my faith in humanity. I’m old enough and have been around the republican block long enough to realise that the man is the dictionary definition of Walter Mitty. Unlike Phil, I actually grew up in the early 70’s Glasgow amongst real active republicans. My teens and early 20’s were spent in the company of like minded individuals. I am aware of who he is. Back then there was all manner of young guns trying to be rebels. His case is a slight exception He was obviously 100% behind the cause. However he did send up red flags in the way in which he tried to carry himself. To put it in colloquial term he was a Gobshite. This is a trait that has clearly never left him in over 30 years. Because of this he was kept very much at arm’s length. He was seen as a useful idiot and allowed to continue, whilst never allowed any access whatsoever to the inner sanctum.He has managed to get his hands on an NUJ card whilst at the same time burning all bridges that would allow him to make a living from it.He had a go at you for your living in exile.This is the same guy that tried to play the victim card to the Scottish Sun Newspaper in order to make money.”
There are many who value the output of The Grand Plagiariser who hangs on my every word. He has made a good living from repackaging my facts and exclusives, but clearly falls down when he tries to go it alone with his dried up sources, not one of which are on the Rangers side of the divide.
Alex McLeish EBT has confided to one of my most impeccable sources that he would not work for any board in which King called the shots. The arch criminal is aware of McLeish’s antipathy. As a consequence of this no approach was made. McLeish should keep his powder dry as King’s jacket is on a decidedly shoogly peg. Should he ascend the marble staircase for a second time can anyone doubt that Citizen Smith will claim it as an exclusive? That he told us so months ago?
The Gross Corporate Turpitude of Blair and King will probably not feature at the AGM. Hearts and minds will be swayed by events on the park. Should Aberdeen convincingly prevail in this evening’s match, tension will be at fever pitch. If Celtic prevail and take their unbeaten domestic run to 66 it will add fuel to the fire. In my opinion Celtic’s record is at more risk this evening than at any other juncture.
As much as I would like to attend the AGM, a severe lack of funds and a heightened concern for my safety hold sway. Traynor will stage manage events so that only nodding dogs like Halloween Houston and Prescription Pad Chugg are given the mike in the Q&A. However if the views of The Man on the Clapham Omnibus were solicited, what would he ask? He might inquire:
1.What lessons can be learned from the failed tenure of Pedro Caixinha? Can the board confirm that they actually met with Caixinha face-to-face prior to his hire or were interviews conducted by Skype? Was Caixinha’s recruitment in any way predicated on his ability to guarantee soft loans?
2. Is it not incumbent on Stewart Robertson to fall on his sword due to his abnegation of due diligence on this abortive hire?
3. Why should shareholders vote for Graeme Park’s re-election? Surely he is equally complicit in the Caixinha fiasco?
4. Should Andrew Dickson who played his part in this 228 day catastrophe not follow Robertson by falling on his sword?
5. Do the board acknowledge that this season is a write-off due to the recruitment of a coach from the fifth best team in Qatar?
6. What funds, if any, will be given to the new manager? Will the new manager be in place prior to the January transfer window?
7. Should James Blair not resign with immediate effect due to his irregular share trading activities?
8. Will James Blair confirm that the 28p paid for each of Mike Ashley’s shares was a poor bargain for his wholly-owned Club 1872?
9. Will the board acknowledge that Club 1872 is effectively an RIFC subsidiary?
10. Why did the board who went to great lengths and commensurate expense to extricate themselves from Sports Direct jump into bed with them again on a one-year rolling contract? Was vendor succession not considered?
I could ask much more but I would reveal myself to be John James and not The Man on the Clapham Omnibus.