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. Josimar is Neil Lennon on

    winning captains,



    as a published correspondent in CQN magazine earlier this year, i suppose i should ask to be included on the list :-)






  2. Ah well



    Didn’t get the gig, was apparently very close and I will be considered for other roles that are coming up.



    Thanks for all the good wishes guys. As me auld papa would say, “whit’s for you, will no by you!”

  3. Weefrathe @ 13:58



    Something similar happened to me a couple of years back …



    Turns out my wee son had reached 14 years of age, my wife had left me and I’d lost my job.




  4. Afternoon all.


    I was listening to SSB last night, as is the norm on that show if you sound any way intelligent you’re cut off immediately which was the case with the caller Mark. He asks BFDJ if anything he said about McCoist asking “who are these people” was factually incorrect. Cut off but BFDJ continues as if he’s still on air (we’ve worked that one out now SSB) Then someone asks an inquisitive question about Dave King. He is also cut off and then someone phones up about the spivs and shysters on the current board i.e the Easdales. Jim Delahunt then says because that man done his time for fraud that should be the end of the matter (or words to that effect)


    It got me thinking to the guy Di Steffano at Dundee. He received loads of abuse because of his links to various dodgy characters by the SMSM. I get the feeling if he’d got some of his dodgy pals to invest in Rangers and not Dundee not a word would be spoken. If the money came from Saddam Hussein, Arkan, Ronnie Biggs, Milosevic or a Columbian drug baron (or a Glasgow drug baron for that matter) the SMSM would care not a jot as long as Rangers were back on top.


    It seems now guys like Dave King and Easdale are now legitimate businessmen (a bit like Fat Tony in the Simpsons) and if you dare to ask questions about these guys you are given short shrift by their pals in the media.


    After hearing the Cardigan saying you basically just need to find the money to fund Rangers as is the fans demands I hope King isn’t long in saying goodbye to his fortune (however dodgily he came to getting it)

  5. The Honest Mistake loves being first on

    Scottish leaf.




    If you wanted to move so much maybe it’s time to move. Stick your CV on line and test the waters.


    Hail hail

  6. gallowgate mad squad on



    14:09 on


    10 October, 2013


    Ah well



    Didn’t get the gig, was apparently very close and I will be considered for other roles that are coming up.



    Thanks for all the good wishes guys. As me auld papa would say, “whit’s for you, will no by you!”





    No luck mate – you’ll bounce back

  7. Folly folly



    As Scottish leaf says “wits fur ye etc” :))



    Weefra HH supporting Wee Oscar.

  8. Interesting article Paul


    I remember 1979 well.


    There was no shortage of Labour folk willing to conduct a whispering campaign to the effect that an SNP Government would set about shutting Catholic Schools.


    Oddly enough I did not see any Labour MPs, even so called Celtic Minded ones clamouring to add supporting signatures to George Gallows’s Early Day Motion concerning recent events


    at Ibrox. We can only assume that this is another case of Labour Party loyalty coming before personal belief.

  9. cliftonville celt from belfast praying for Oscar the wee legend on




    Don’t know whats going on – man shot dead last night in Belfast and another in Derry this morning


    On my way home last night in rush hour on North Queen Street and about 6 peelers with rifles running up the middle of the road then all sorts of unmarked cars start coming out of every where driving up the pavement etc nothing on the news so reckon some poor blokes been lifted



    Then this morning North Queen Street closed due to ‘security alert’ funny its in the same area that all the peelers were running about yesterday – I wonder who’s dropped something



    Place is starting to go a bit nuts again !!!!!!!!

  10. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    Are you saying if I post:



    Read the roll of honour for Ireland’s bravest men


    We must be united in memory of the ten,


    England you’re a monster, don’t think that you have won


    We will never be defeated while Ireland has such sons.


    In those dreary H-Block cages ten brave young Irishmen lay


    Hungering for justice as their young lives ebbed away,


    For their rights as Irish soldiers and to free their native land


    They stood beside their leader – the gallant Bobby Sands.


    Now they mourn Hughes in Bellaghy,


    Ray McCreesh in Armagh’s hills


    In those narrow streets of Derry they miss O’Hara still,


    They so proudly gave their young lives to break Britannia’s hold


    Their names will be remembered as history unfolds.


    Through the war torn streets of Ulster the black flags did sadly sway


    To salute ten Irish martyrs the bravest of the brave,


    Joe McDonnell, Martin Hurson, Kevin Lynch, Kieran Doherty


    They gave their lives for freedom with Thomas McElwee.


    Michael Devine from Derry you were the last to die


    With your nine brave companions with the martyred dead you lie


    Your souls cry out “Remember, our deaths were not in vain.


    Fight on and make our homeland a nation once again !”



    ..I may be breaking the law? What if everyone does that?





  11. Have to admit I take very little interest in the goings on at our old foe’s. Couldn’t really care less what they call themselves, where they play or what they claim to have won.



    I noticed a news article on the Skysport web-site that Ally McCoist was supporting the return of Dave King as Chairman. What is wrong with these people? Not only has he been accused of being a fraudster, to the tune of c$100m, he was on the board when the old Rangers were cheating their way to the top in Scottish football, neglecting to pay taxes and failing to pay numerous bills. Have they absolutely no shame?

  12. lennon's passion on

    philbhoy – bring it on!!!!



    13:03 on 10 October, 2013



    Went over my head.Was blinded with listiatuis at the time.

  13. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on






  14. Auldheid


    Whilst agreeing with the general sentiment of the article in the Celtic Trust, I believe that: “England you`re a monster. ” could be seen as offensive . No?




  15. cliftonville celt from belfast praying for oscar the wee legend



    14:27 on 10 October, 2013





    I dont think theres any connection, sounds like the one in derry was major balls up by whatever ejits were carrying the guns.. If the story im hearing is true.



    Wont be surprised as there is alot of half wits running about claiming there republican. Only a matter of time before our areas go the same way as loyalist areas have went, gangs, turf ,drugs money etc



    Hard to know who the good guys are these days. Far and few between sadly.



    Keep well mo chara

  16. gallowgate mad squad on

    men being allowed to shout out what they want (no matter how offensive to some people, even in the celtic support) vs a lifetime of subjugation to a unionist brutal evil empire?????



    i think I’ll still vote SNP Paul

  17. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee Oscar:



    Mate, it’s a tartan ‘Whiteboy Act’. (copyright George III)

  18. masty is neil lennon and both of us are supporting wee oscar on

    Jungle Jim




    14:30 on 10 October, 2013






    Whilst agreeing with the general sentiment of the article in the Celtic Trust, I believe that: “England you`re a monster. ” could be seen as offensive





    as offensive as the national (ahem) anthem?????







    Lord, grant that Marshal Wade,May by thy mighty aid,Victory bring.May he sedition hush,and like a torrent rush,Rebellious Scots to crush,God save the queen.

  19. @BTWCelticShow: Belgian reporters asking Lierse manager why he doesn’t start Tony Watt, “Tony has obvious football qualities but isn’t fit enough to go 90”



    Thats an embaressment for celtic and the management team, every player should be at peak fitness when at a club like celtic. Maybe thats why we pick up so many injuries.



    Speaking off unfit players..anyone see the videos of mccourts last 2 games for barnsley. Looks to be doing great.



    My signal poor here but i think thwy are on yourube. Try focus mccourt

  20. Masty


    At least that anthem only wants to crush ” Rebellious ” Scots. The Roll of Honour blames the whole of England !


    Anyway, I thought Swing Low was the English National Anthem 0:-)




  21. JJ



    “I believe that: “England you`re a monster. ” could be seen as offensive . No?”



    Elvis Costello wrote and sang these lyrics:-



    “When england was the whore of the world


    Margeret was her madam”



    Which is the bigger offence- Whore or Monster?



    Should we warn wee Declan not to sing this at any Scottish gig or is he safe so long as there is not a football match going on that day?



    This law is mince and it is now smelling like mince that;s gone off.

  22. cliftonville celt from belfast praying for Oscar the wee legend on




    The good guys are the quiet ones that don’t say much anyone who mouth’s off is a clown and also very dangerous in my experience



    Ah well we’ll just keep the heads down

  23. proudbhoy



    You leap to the wrong conclusion.



    The fault for Tony’s fitness is not Celtic’s, it is Tony’s. That is why he was shipped out- to a last chance saloon team. We are giving him a chance to preserve his career.



    Tony’s fitness does not reflect on the fitness of any other Celtic player anymore than Scott Brown’s superb fitness means that Barca trainers are not doing their job well.

  24. Regarding the Celtic Trust article, and this is not my view, I’d say that casting men that some folk view as terrorists and calling them martyrs, which is a heroic term to many people could be seen as offensive.



    Other than that, I can’t see it myself and I think an explanation is required.

  25. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on

    Sitting in the car presently having just been in to Firhill to see about purchasing tickets for the game against us later this month.



    Having taken myself up a stairway I found myself in an office area and waited behind an elderly gentleman who was buying 5 tickets for the home section.



    Whilst admiring the surroundings an employee of PTFC, Gerry Britton, appeared through a door inscribed PTFC youth academy and proceeded to use a photocopier nearby.



    The elderly gentleman then enquired of the girl serving him where the Celtic support would be situated at the game. He was informed of the areas which are designated to us and asked why we weren’t being allocated any of the main stand.



    At this point Mr Britton piped up,



    “Because they can’t be trusted!”



    At what point is it that ex Celts disengage from our ethos, traditions and support?????

  26. DeniaBhoy in awe of wee Oscar's Courage on

    ProudBhoy – I’ve been asking the same question for years. I would love to see an honest comparison of the fitness regimes at places like Madrid, Bayern Munich and ourselves. How many hours are spent on strength and conditioning, endurance, sprints, etc. How do the teams differ on their approach to diet and nutrition, recovery after games, team-building activities etc.


    I will never forget the the Polish coach saying that when he got Boruc from Celtic for international tournaments he had to put him on a pre-season fitness regime to shed the fat and sharpen him up. It is crazy that we could allow one of the world’s top goalkeepers to be so out of shape while he was our our no.1 choice.

  27. A vote for an independent Scotland is not a choice of Religion.


    Or of SNP, or socialism, or personalities, or justice, or economics, finance, North Sea Gas, Armed Forces, infrastructure, EU integration… Or indeed, Politics.



    Its all of the above.



    Our duty, is to listen and read carefully, and with dispassion, every argument, every nuance, of every debate. To challenge every hypothesis or proclamation.



    This is not playground stuff.


    It’s very serious Big Boy stuff.


    An opportunity which many dispersed societies would, and have died for.



    Vote Yes. Vote No. We shouldn’t be influenced by only one site, poster, commentator or publication.


    Just take an interest, Engage.


    Then Vote


    ( I’m undecided ).

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