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Bankier, Livingston and most plural club in UK

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I didn’t see Ian Bankier’s performance today, but I watched his predecessor John Reid a few times. John wasn’t liked by a significant body of the support, largely for professional reasons (his role in government), but when he got on his feet to address Celtic supporters, he had an intuitive feel for what to say. No one ever needed to script him.

Ian Livingston has received a lot of criticism since voting with the government in the recent Tax Credits bill. I’d heard the nature of some of what was written online included reference to his background – appalling, without question. Nor would it surprise you or me, we’ve been online long enough to see just about everything, including those who troll others on account of their background or identity. Often with Celtic-related targets.

We are a plural club, with people from Jewish, Protestant, Catholic, and for all I know, other backgrounds, on our board, all these and more in our dressing room, and among our support. I’m proud of this. We are often caricatured as an exclusively Irish-diaspora club but few in the UK can claim such an ethnic panorama.

A club of immigrants founded 127 years ago has continued to attract new immigrants ever since.  It’s worthwhile reminding ourselves of this, it should continue to be a part of our forward strategy.  What correlates with this is that anyone with a prejudice will find a target at Celtic – such is the diversity of our club. Celtic fans, players and officials have been targets like this for a very long time.

Was Ian Livingston right to vote with the government on Tax Credits? No. I haven’t considered the policy’s economic merits (first pass suggested it had none) but I believe his voice should have been raised against the policy. The expectations of being a representative of Celtic, not just a board member, are weighty.

Ian Bankier could have read all inappropriate online comment referring to Ian Livingston’s background immediately before today’s AGM, but that forum was not the place to mark anyone’s card. The intuitive feel John Reid had on these occasions was missing today. Go complain about such comment to the appropriate authorities, or to whatever online facilities hosted the comments, tell Ian Livingston ‘You’ll never walk alone’ in a private moment, but address shareholders and Celtic fans on matters appropriate to them.

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  1. BGX,

     

    If you are genuinely interested, you can write to the company secretary and ask for a copy of articles of association, and the responsibilities of non executive directors

  2. Back to more important matters.

     

    Would be happy enough with a draw tomorrow,a Hearts win,Man Utd not win,Ross County not to win and St Johnstone not to win.

  3. Flogging Molly – “The Worst Day Since Yesterday”

     

    Flogging Molly – “The Worst Day Since Yesterday”

  4. Maybe bankier defended livingstone coz its a short cut to kissing camerons ass, Na cannae be that, He Did That Pre Indy Ref..

     

    .So..For me As an Independence For Scotland Supporter…..Bankier..Na..Livingstone..Na.as a Celtic Supporter..Na on Both…As A Man…Never..

  5. Dexter says PAY THE LIVING WAGE CELTIC PLC on

    I have attended Celtic Park since about 1987.

     

     

    I will not reattend until CELTIC PAY THE LIVING WAGE.

     

     

    Disgraceful parsimony.

     

     

    More than a club?????

  6. a light insanity on

    I keep thinking we should doff our caps to our superiors when we hear a proclamation from the board. Bunch of chancers – time to change them. I don’t want millionaires telling me what’s best for our club.

  7. In my first day as Chairman….Id start with a three hour lecture on humility, then just the three hours of Waterboarding.

     

    I don’t think they would last to the second day.

     

    Grrrrrr

     

     

    HH

  8. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    Found this wee recent article quite revealing ..

     

     

    https://commonspace.scot/articles/2918/david-cameron-held-private-talks-with-media-and-businesses-weeks-before-indyref

     

     

    BBC editor, The Sun and Celtic FC chairman

     

    among Cameron meetings in late August 2014

     

     

     

    Why Bankier defended his Tory buddy Livingston with such vigour?

     

     

    Our boardroom is just a bastion of unionism .. That’s why they treat the fans with so much disdain ..

     

     

    Because the majority voted’ AYE’.

     

     

    Bottle of Irish whisky for me tomorrow :)

  9. Dexter says PAY THE LIVING WAGE CELTIC PLC on 21st November 2015 12:24 am

     

     

    I have attended Celtic Park since about 1987.

     

     

    I will not reattend until CELTIC PAY THE LIVING WAGE.

     

     

    Disgraceful parsimony.

     

     

    More than a club?????

     

    ———–

     

    Celtic pay the living wage, were you not at the AGM

  10. TGM

     

     

    We would both smoke the Tory toerags oot oor Club given the chance. Riley practiced the art in a Knightswood lodge in the 90s. What is going down????

  11. Saint Stivs…

     

     

    Cheers mate, that’s just the way it was at the time, kids up now but I can relate to what a lot of people will be facing up to as the cuts come.

     

     

    The board are mostly based with hard nosed cnuts that have never struggled and lost sleep on how to manage their income.

     

     

    It’s great to see Celtic park and the Celtic way, a pity a lot of the support can’t afford to go anymore!

  12. If it is ok for Livingston to force his Tory policies on poor people, its ok to give him stick, and he deserves it.

     

    As for the accusations of racism, ive never seen any of it.

     

    He is getting stick for his ideological beliefs, not because of race or religion.

     

     

     

    HH

  13. BGX

     

    You asked the question, I told you where you could find the answer

     

    If it really is a burning question that you suddenly need to know the answer to this evening, but didn’t last night, or any previous night, I’m sure it won’t be too much of an inconvenience to ask the company secretary.

  14. I Think We should Get one of Them Fiesty Dark haired Latin birds As Our next Chairman…They Goodlooking , Sexy..Gotta a lotta Soul And Take no Shit …Im Thinking……..SALMA HAYAK….Works For Me..

  15. Careful With That Tax, Moonbeams on

    BGX – been sober, trying to behave .. Getting a bottle of Jameson’s Whisky tomorrow .. Just out of sheer spite after reading that ..

     

     

    :)

     

     

    Hope you’re well.

  16. Eagles of Death Metal have released a single, Save a Prayer for the families of all killed at their concert in Paris last Friday. Please buy or download the Duran Duran cover.

     

    Vive La Republic!

  17. Sips.

     

     

    There must be thousands around Glasgow every home game who want to be there but can’t afford it.

     

     

    I would offer up 15000 pay what you can, every home game.

     

     

    More than a club

  18. THE_HUDDLE on 21ST NOVEMBER 2015 12:35 AM

     

    I Went With Some Friends to See the Flaming Lips

     

     

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     

     

    Was that in Amsterdam:)

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