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. gallowgate mad squad



    17:06 on 10 October, 2013


    Fav celtic goal



    The guy at no.2 should be erased from the history of our great club

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    “The decision to shelve the Glasgow link was made in September 2009 once the extent to which the condem funding cuts would bite were beginning to be understood.”



    I doubt that last bit.



    The election was still eight months away.

  3. up_over_goal



    18:36 on 10 October, 2013



    ‘ they shouldn’t be entitled to vote against it now.’





    That’s just stupid. Think before you post.






    ‘The Kirk in Scotland and the Catholic Church in Ireland are no longer the societal forces they once were’



    See previous advice.

  4. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    Winning Captains,



    Thanks for confirming that my name exlusively will appear on the front page of the new CQN magazine along with a glossy photograph.



    I have done some calculations and if you use the font size 0.03 you will just manage to fit everybody else on the second back page. If you cant manage it let me know.



    Again thanks




  5. The Nats are getting desperate. Well behind in the polls and with no signs of closing the gap. And the influx here shows that desperation, as does the style of posting.



    “It’s just like Ireland,” they argue. No it’s not. And anyone who thinks it is has an awful lot of reading to do on the history of both countries.



    “If you don’t support us you’re a hun,” they cry. Well, that should make Celtic supporters change their mind …

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    They have an even more disgusting reference to Bobby Sands which is aired in full regularly,but never sees any arrests.



    Our lads get lifted for possible objections about England being a monster?



    Maybe we should have simply worked Perfidious Albion into the lyric instead. Really mess with their heads.

  7. Ah the old independence debate


    In one corner we have alex salmond, and his step all over the celtic fans while ignoring sectarianism from the sevconians, against the old corrupt tory/labour unionism run from Westminster….not much of a choice is it?


    And of course, the recent revelations of 80 masonic judges in Scotland should frighten you….because I think you can see where an independent Scoddland would get us imo, and then we have the tory/labour scare stories, apparently independence would be the ruin of us…yawn.


    so…what I say is this…..don’t vote for any of them, you will only encourage them to curtail your rights in whatever way they can….both sides.


    I believe in social justice, idealistic as it is….politicians of all shades are the scum of the earth imo…..only looking to carry out their wee devious agendas at our expense, don’t trust any of them. :)




  8. If anyone can see anything offensive in the words then they must be mad.


    The only thing offensive is our very presence in this god forsaken country to your average Hun !


    They despise us and this act is merely to give them a way of abusing us.



    Totally shameful and very worrying

  9. Winning Captains – relatively new poster but would be honoured to be put on the list if the transfer window for overseas posters has not slammed shut?

  10. Good evening Ghuys a wee update on George Ryan donations:



    I post to you this evening as a very proud Bhoy, bursting with pride of your generosity of not just the Bloggers but to the Lurkers. I have not mentioned the Lurkers thus far but I must, they mean as much to CQN as the Bloggers do. Donationshave been received from our Lurkers, one from as far as Jersey. Come on in Bhoys take a bow.



    To-date we have achieved the following:



    Bought and paid for four tickets for the Family to attend the Ajax game.



    Wreath organised.



    Submission for the Big Screen prepared by theTBJ and waiting to be submitted.



    Total donations to date £745 (electronic transfers, cash and cheques). Remember the cost of the Wreath and Tickets have come off this amount.



    I need to identify the following who have not included details:



    MF – electronic transaction, e-mail me your Blog name


    Deserbhoy – electronic transaction e-mail your real name



    lennybhoycfc@gmail.com or to my other e-mail addy if you have it



    My Heart sank earlier today when I received a message from Linda, something I will share with you later as I am still trying to work out what to do. She also said in the message that they only wanted Flowers from Family and close friends, I was deflated,. I told her the wreath had already been ordered and what should I do with it, her reply and it is verbatim (although my name has been changed):



    “Hi Lennybhoy I know lots of wreaths are ordered just have it sent to the house for Saturday and we will have it in the front room with George xxx”



    The lift Linda’s response gave me was one of joy, just think, I know we are there spiritually but when George comes home there will be a public sign of one of his greatest loves, “CQN”.



    God Bless George Ryan, God Bless CQN, God Bless Celtic



    Keep the Faith!



    Hail Hail!

  11. neustadt-braw



    18:39 on 10 October, 2013


    Ernie ….you never told me how Trigger was ?





    You tryin to brush him up the wrong way?

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

    I personally have never sang the line “England your a monster”..

  13. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    My thinking on Independence is that if it happens we will have Scottish Labour,Tory,Liberal and SNP and over the early years the political parties will vie with each other in order to see who forms a Government.The SNP will have to fight there corner it doesnt follow that they will remain the party in power it will be down to the Scottish voter.I can see no real reason to fear Independence other than fear itself. H.H.

  14. Tontine Tim



    “*or Mibbees it’s the chant in the middle of “eff Booby sands he’s deid” that’s the point of contention.”



    It could be. Maybe I was expecting some joint logic to their targeting of both songs mentioning organisations with initials.



    Or maybe it is hard for me to concentrate when I am, supposedly, being savaged and skelped by a pair of gumsy sheep with ADHD who are easily distracted by any colour that is not white.







    Like politics and Art, we will get the quality of blog we deserve. I was off here for a third of a year and the problems were still there. I don’t think I am the central problem here.

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    So why did they pull the funding?



    Mystic Meg in the Scottish Cabinet?

  16. Desertbhoy …hahahaha …don,t know the man ,but seems alot like Mr Sutherland from No 18 …..btw I never used any firey stuff ..a good sharp implement ,well struck ———that usually does the trick …..Braw … ps ..hope you enjoy your break …

  17. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on

    MASTY 1901



    Me neither. In fact there are a fair number of songs which I don’t join in.



    It’s the fact of being told that I MUST NOT sing them which p….s me off.

  18. leftclicktic oscar in our thoughts on

    Lennybhoy…Supporting Neil Lennon, Wee Oscar Knox and CFC until I die


    Thank you for update when one of our own is involved and in need nothing else matters


    when the call goes out.





    till later all meeting time

  19. Politicians are as you said “scum” on the whole, but there are a few individuals out there with good intentions however they are part of a mechanism that no longer works.



    Hail Hail.

  20. Neustadt- Braw



    here’s your choice….the SNP with their anti- catholic element, or the usual fascist tory nonsense….like I said, not much of a choice is it?




  21. ernie lynch



    “Think before you post”. I take it there’s a bit of projection going on there?

  22. The Battered Bunnet on

    To be quite clear:



    My comment at 18.31 refers to ernie lynch’s comment at 18.30, which I find to be despicable.



    Wholly so.

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



    you missed my point mo chara,,,I substituted those words for others I feel are more apt..

  24. neustadt-braw….



    Was refine triggers broom, but I’m sure you gathered that.



    Yes, did see yer post re the panda food.



    Arrived back this afternoon and trying to get acclimatised…!

  25. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS forza Oscar and Mackenzie on




    It no longer works for a number of reasons,but chief amongst them is that there are just too many of them.



    It doesn’t work in The US either,where there are about two per million in Congress.



    Here,we have TWENTYFIVE per million in Holyrood and another TEN in Westminster.



    The few good politicians are drowned in a sea of utter dross. All with loud voices and agendas of self.



    Can we shoot them and start again,I wonder? Cos otherwise we’re stuck with them…..

  26. Neustadt-Braw Seems Tae Be Deep In The Veltins….



    Not Wavin’….But Drownin’…..









    Ho ! Ena…..



    Ah Thought You’d Be Doon The ‘Snug’….



    Knockin’ Back The Sweet Stouts Wi’ Wee Minnie Caldwell…..



    An’ Pickin’ Up Tips Fae Elsie Tanner…..



    On How Tae Dae The ‘Greta Garbo’…



    Whit A State Ye’re In….!



    Hivnae Even Changed Yer Hair-Net The Day..?




    Fingers Crossed That Albert Tatlock Disnae Look In On Yees…



    When Ye’re No Lookin’ Yer Best..






    Up The New Quality Street Kids..!

  27. The Battered Bunnet


    19:12 on


    10 October, 2013


    ”To be quite clear:



    My comment at 18.31 refers to ernie lynch’s comment at 18.30, which I find to be despicable.



    Wholly so.’






    Yeah the SNP cybergnats would never do such a thing.

  28. The Battered Bunnet


    19:12 on


    10 October, 2013


    To be quite clear:



    My comment at 18.31 refers to ernie lynch’s comment at 18.30, which I find to be despicable.



    Wholly so.




    mine too………….


    widnae be sae Braw to be AFedjittdressedup …

  29. TBB …yeken whit a mean…….am we you …amazing anybody can post such shoite,and think it is ok……..nosaebraw!