Axing the Act one vote at a time


I was at primary school during the 1979 devolution referendum.  It’s fair to say many in the Celtic community were suspicious of the SNP due to the hostile attitudes some of the party leadership had to the Irish diaspora in their midst.

Fresh blood brought change to the SNP in the 1980s, there were even overtures to Irish nationalism.  Alex Salmond cemented these changes, broadened the appeal of the party towards new and multi-generation immigrants, and asserted the SNP’s multi-faith credentials.  He also became close friends with disgraced Cardinal O’Brien (which is no reflection on Mr Salmond).

At the height of his political powers Salmond appears to have overreached.  Something would be done about men shouting at football games.  From now on only certain flavours of nationalism would be favoured, acceptable, perhaps even legal.  MSP Christine Graham let the Scottish Parliament know, the problem was that Celtic fans were not acting illegally, so the law had to change.

The Axe the Act candidate in today’s Glasgow City Council, Govan, by-election, Thomas Rannachan has brought the consequences of Salmond’s largess to his door.  The SNP are defending the seat but one year out from the battle Salmond really needs to win, his shoddy attack on football fans is set to undermine him.  As an independent Rannachan may not win, but he has put the First Minister on the back foot.

George Ryan’s funeral will take place at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, at 10:00 on Monday. All are welcome.

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  1. Alasdair MacLean on

    Democratic vote this time maybe?


    When the draft Treaty of Union was made public in October 1706, there were riots on the streets of Scottish towns and cities. In Edinburgh a ‘villanous and outragious mobb’ threatened and insulted judges and Members of the Scottish Parliament.


    The authorities issued a proclamation offering a reward for the capture of the rioters. It also urged householders and masters to take responsibility for the ‘good behaviour of their apprentices, servants and domesticks’.


    A month later, another proclamation was issued ‘against all tumultuary and irregular meetings and convocations of the leidges’. In Glasgow, Dumfries and Lanark people had taken up arms: they were ‘insolently burning the Articles of Treaty betwixt our two Kingdoms’. Sheriffs, baillies and magistrates were authorised to take whatever action necessary to quench the riots.


    On 12 December 1706, Parliament ordered that a pamphlet entitled ‘Queries to the Presbyterian noblemen, barons, burgesses, ministers who are for the scheme of an Incorporating Union’ be burnt by the hand of the common hangman, at the Mercat-cross of Edinburgh.


    The Scottish Parliament received countless protests against the Union. Yet the authorities issued another proclamation in late December 1706 forbidding ‘unwarrantable and seditious convocations and meetings’.

  2. Arrangements for George Ryan’s Funeral:



    Sunday 13/10/2013, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, 18:30



    Monday 14/10/2013, Requiem Mass, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 10:00



    Daldowie Crematorium, 11:45



    City Chambers, Coffee and a chat, 13:00



    Family have requested Flowers only from Family and close Friends, they suggest a donation to a specific charity very dear to the Ryans.



    I will explain tonight about the charity and what we will do in supporting it.



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  3. Johnny Clash



    from last thread – I will be finding out at 2pm if I am being offered the job.



    I slept like a baby last night, I suspect the bottle of ref I drank helped ;-)

  4. Philbhoy - Bring it on!!!! on




    You drank abottle of ref?



    No wqonder you had a good sleep.



    Good luck with the promotion!

  5. BSR- I-Pad & I-Pad mini for ‘the list’?



    Guy with the goatee and cords works up top end of town and not in Apple Store. He is a fruit though:-)

  6. @UTVNews: Police called to ‘fatal’ Derry shooting: Police are investigating reports a man has been shot dead at a flat i… http://t.co/boPYNSiTdy



    11am on the main street in derry city centre. Flat above cafe apparntly.

  7. o A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest.



    After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away.”



    The distressed woman wailed, “Are you sure?”


    “Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied the vet..



    “How can you be so sure?” she protested. “I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.”



    The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador retriever. As the duck’s owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.



    The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room.



    The vet looked at the woman and said, “I’m sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck.”



    The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman..



    The duck’s owner, still in shock, took the bill. “£150!” she cried, “£150 just to tell me my duck is dead!”



    The vet shrugged, “I’m sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been £20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it’s now £150”……

  8. scottishleaf



    13:38 on 10 October, 2013,



    I would beg to get your post deleted if I was you, a smiley at the end as well ;-)



    Hope it’s good news, re the job.

  9. scottishleaf – fingers crossed!



    Right last orders for list (the THE has been moved to Morrisey THE 23rd, he keeps his history but is now not liable for any debts think that’s how it works when you get a THE in your name?)



    Kitalba – yes sorted.



    Here are the new names on the list – anyone else wanting on let me know! (quickly!)







    Green Lantern (((((0)))))














    Jungle Jim


    Harry Fathersham












    Johnny the tim










    Dick Byrne


    Willie Wallace








    Lullabies & Battlecries



  10. Good afternoon all.



    Had a power cut today and the laptop, tv and playstation all broke down. Gave me a chance to talk to the family. They seem to be a nice lot. :)



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

  11. The Battered Bunnet on

    I am looking at a painting by the artist formerly known as Harry Fathersham.



    Fine painting. Finer fellow.

  12. The Bill was a trap that the SNP walked right into, it was horribly naive of them and for that reason alone never mind the bill I am unforgiving. I can’t remember his name but that Justice secretary every time he opens his mouth it’s like he is laying a cable in my hot dog bun.


    I will still vote for an independent Scotland.




    Hail Hail.

  13. Philbhoy - Bring it on!!!! on

    Winning Captains



    Can you put occassional lurker and very, very occasional poster Olivia K on the list please?

  14. Kevin MacSearriagh


    The singing of the green



    Oh Paddy dear oh did you hear, the news thats going round.


    For Irish songs are against the law, in Glasgow Celtic’s ground.


    Oh they say that they’re offensive, next our flag it wont be seen,


    for they’re jailing men and women for singing of the green.



    Oh I met with Michael Davitt, and he took me by the hand.


    And he asked how is old Celtic, and how do they stand.


    They’re the most distressed supporters now, that you have ever seen,


    for they’re jailing men and women for singing of the green.



    No more our songs of history, our children can be taught.


    No songs of fallen heroes, that England’s armies fought.


    For the only politics allowed is Britain’s poppy red,


    with British troops upon the park don’t mention Ireland’s dead.



    So don’t sing of Bobby Sands, or Barry’s gallant crew.


    Of Easter week or ninety-eight or the men that fought for you.


    Oh they wish to wipe our history, to forget all that’s been,


    so they’re jailing men and women for singing of the green



    But if at last our songs, should be torn from Celtic’s heart,


    Our sons with pain and sorrow, would for other teams depart.


    And the tears that I would shed for thee, how bitter they would seem,


    for it was these songs that made me love, the hoops of white and green.



    But they will never silence me, and this will soon be seen.


    For I will proudly march to jail still singing of the green.


    Still singing of the green, still singing of the green,


    For I will proudly march to jail still singing of the green.


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    Think my son wrote this today.He has written a few articles for Paul Mc Convilles Law Magazine.

  15. If you’re going to St Andrew’s Cathedral, maybe for a moment you might want to visit the Italian Cloister Garden, adjacent.

  16. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    all this list malarkey can only mean one thing- we’re in for a Generation of Nomination

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