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I’m a bit disappointed RIFC were not in a position to advise their shareholders the results of the votes this morning.  Doing so would not have added 10 minutes to proceedings.  My expectation is that the board would win both votes, giving them a resounding platform this weekend to sell tickets for lower league football.  Perhaps there’s more going on than I thought.

You have to wonder what that expensive legal business in London and Edinburgh yesterday was all about?  Many details of Sports Direct’s deal with Newco are public knowledge, and the void of missing details is filled with pretty stark speculation.  It struck me that counsel for Sports Direct noted the chronology of the new board being appointed, the subsequent leaks and that Newco had not denied they were the source of the leak.  All now on record, in court.  Confidentiality is, of course, a condition of the agreement, which could now be argued is in breach.  That would be a source of regret.  For some.

More on Dave King over the weekend.  He can’t help himself.

You have to admire those who work to expose the absurdity of the Offensive Behaviour Act, designed by the SNP government to “equalise” non criminal offenses with criminal offenses.  Unfortunately, the campaigners are wasting their time, the Act is here to stay, anyone in doubt should read the news this morning that 80% of people surveyed support it.  Ask the average person in the street if they support a law against Offensive Behaviour and they’re hardly likely to say ‘no’.  This type of survey is manipulative nonsense.  Police with guns on the streets and politically motivated laws are a by-product of blind populism.  This is an offensive law and I am horrified.

Robert King is one of the Angola 3, who were incarcerated in solitary confinement in the Louisiana town of that name, and who have become causes célèbres for miscarriage of justice campaigners and prison reformers alike.  King spent 30 years in solitary before having his conviction overturned.  If you don’t know about the Angola 3, go find out.

He pitched up on CNN yesterday dressed in distinctive attire (below).

My relationship with Celtic is different to King’s.  I’m a Celtic fan because that’s the way I was brought up, but I’m pretty sure King’s roots don’t reach back to the Emerald Isle.  Chances are, I’d be a Celtic fan whether we were a club with a social mission or not.  For others, for King, the reasons they wear a shirt on TV, buy a season ticket, or simply share in our joy on occasion, are different.

We are the club of the underdog, a beacon for the downtrodden, a place where they will find a welcome.  No one can plan for this, it either survives over the decades or it doesn’t, so it’s worthwhile telling this part of our story now and again, to set ourselves a core target: Remain the most ethical football club in the world.

To deliver on this you and I need to step forward, this is not a job that can be outsourced to the club, it takes all of us.  You can start here by signing up for the Great Scottish Run for the Foundation.  I know at least 30 runners who read this, sign up before I see you in person!

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  1. The sad thing for me is that Greater Scotland

     

    hasn’t bothered its shirt to complain or protest

     

    about the shenanigans borne of Original Bankster wee davie and whats been done to the national game or the resultant hoopla around things like the panto Aulfirrum Act.

     

     

    I’ve lived away for a long time but I always thought we were better than that.

     

     

    HH

  2. glendalystonsils on

    A holy Willie is quite handy for playing tunes on the ol’ whistle while peeing.:)

  3. jamesgang.

     

     

    Are you up for next Saturday, just trying to find out how many are coming.(gala day)

  4. .

     

     

    JamesGang..

     

     

    Pop Ups and ‘In Game’ Gambling Ads were banned in Australia from Aussie Rules when Grade 2 (6Yr7Yr Olds) were telling Teachers they thought their Team were Good Value at 4/6 On ..

     

     

    WTF..

     

     

    Ps.. If My Bet comes If I will Donate to Mary’s Meals Ha Ha..

  5. It would appear that the Big Hoose Creditors can look forward to 6p in the £ and a further bonus if HMRC are unsuccessful with their EBT Appeal.

  6. Captain Beefheart on

    Those of you who want him to suffer can be satisfied. He already is. Listen to a documentary he made for radio four. He remains bitter and unable to forgive those who perpetuated the brutality upon his family. Revel in his pain.

  7. Jamesgang

     

     

    Don’t be silly We are and want to ‘Remain the most ethical football club in the world’.

     

     

    So your concerns are legitimate.

     

     

    MWD said AYE

  8. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    12:25 on 12 June, 2015

     

     

    Sorry, but I’m not buying it. The SNP deny that their cybernat contingent are anything to do with them. When one of them gets caught bang to rights in the full glare of national publicity they get rid of him.

     

     

    Until they admit that they’ve created a monster and resolve to do something about it across the board then I’ll remain firmly of the opinion that their action was motivated by cynical self interest and nothing else.

  9. Captain Beefheart on

    BT,

     

     

    Remind me what the far left thought/think about working class people? What happened to those workers who striked in Russia or Poland? Thatcher and her cronies had the loony left to contend with. Did Benn and his mates condemn the assault on working class people in the Soviet Union?

     

     

    Incidentally, working class people vote Tory. Not me but many.

     

     

    Offski.

  10. Oddly enough today’s Herald seemed unaware of yesterday’s Edinburgh court action.

     

    I wonder why?

  11. ernie lynch

     

    12:59 on

     

    12 June, 2015

     

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    12:25 on 12 June, 2015

     

     

    Sorry, but I’m not buying it. The SNP deny that their cybernat contingent are anything to do with them. When one of them gets caught bang to rights in the full glare of national publicity they get rid of him.

     

     

    You mean the same way that during the referendum, Jim Murphy tried to distance Better Together from its rabid Orange Order supporters.

  12. South Of Tunis on

    Livybhoy .

     

     

    Federico Viviani .

     

     

    He has signed for Palermo / 4 million euros plus potential add ons..

     

     

    He is in the Italian Under 21 squad for the soon come UEFA European Under 21 Championships ( in the Czech Republic ) Tournament starts 17 / 6 . . On BT Sport.

  13. Tebbitt and his crew were quite happy to perpetuate brutality on defenceless Argentinian sailors of course not to mention the Irish people his army butchered.

  14. Afternoon Timland from a hot hun free mountain valley.

     

     

    And what about the pain, misery and death inflicted on those innocents in the six counties.

     

     

    HH

  15. quonno

     

    13:03 on

     

    12 June, 2015

     

    Oddly enough today’s Herald seemed unaware of yesterday’s Edinburgh court action.

     

    I wonder why?

     

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    Why would you have Embra news in a Glesgae paper Timmy?……….Move along now.

  16. ThompsonTwin on

    quonno

     

    13:03 on

     

    12 June, 2015

     

    Oddly enough today’s Herald seemed unaware of yesterday’s Edinburgh court action.

     

    I wonder why?

     

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    There was no interdict handed down yesterday – Ashley went to London as his first choice, obviously, based on past pro-Rangers verdicts in Scotland – he had no faith in the impartiality of SCOTTISH justice – when THE RANGERS agreed to abide by the London verdict, there was no need to take masonic Scots justice on.

  17. Oldtim

     

     

    I fear I’ll struggle mate as I’ve got the kids.

     

     

    Have a wee vino for me!

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  18. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Beefheart

     

    Some working people forget where they come from and who fought for their rights

     

    Back to work

  19. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    There was a documentary made called the enemy within showing scenes behind the police lines and the way some of the pickets who were detained, were treated.

     

     

    I don’t like new order and particularly their song blue monday but it is played as part of the soundtrack of the enemy within but it fits in with the mood of the documentary.

     

     

    There is a scene where a picket is being supported by two polis and obviously had got a bit of a doing. A third polis walks by the two polis and the picket then punches the semi concious picket on the face.

     

     

    Thatcher, Tebbit and the rest of that cruel government tore the country apart and thirty six years on, their legacy is still felt and will continue.

  20. Captain Beefheart

     

     

    If ever I end up in your company, don’t use the phrase “loony left” re the Miners’ Strike. I’m sick of sanctimonious pricks like you who have clearly benefitted from the TU movement and now deride the sacrifices made to give you the start in life you had.

  21. south of tunis

     

     

    13:07 on 12 June, 2015

     

    Livybhoy .

     

     

    Federico Viviani .

     

     

    He has signed for Palermo / 4 million euros plus potential add ons..

     

     

    ——-

     

     

    Noooooooo!

     

     

    Livibhoy so wanted to have viviani emblazoned on his top.

     

     

    Still, saves us the taunts he’d receive every time he made a mistake, ‘viviani y’er a……………

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ……………dumpling!’

     

     

    ;-)

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  22. The Tories and the press hate Trades Unions, never did, and never will.

     

     

    My feelings for them, and the SNP who put them in power then, is mutual.

     

     

    I was ‘asked to leave’ an SNP meeting early 70’s when McAlpine (SNP) was standing against Judith Hart (Labour).

     

     

    McAlpine was blabbing on about his credentials as a lover of the working class………He didn’t like being asked why he forbade Trades Unions in IS company.

  23. quonno

     

     

    13:06 on 12 June, 2015

     

     

    ‘You mean the same way that during the referendum, Jim Murphy tried to distance Better Together from its rabid Orange Order supporters.’

     

     

     

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    The DOBs existed before the Better Together campain. They have been a part of Scottish public life for centuries. The Better Together campaign did not give birth to the Orange Order. Nor did the Better Together campaign deny the existence of the OO. They sought to distance themselves from them, which was to their credit.

  24. Bawsman

     

     

    Look at the calibre of some of those Scottish Labour MPs in the 70s. Voting fodder. Quite a few brothers amongst them. Lambie, White, Ross etc

     

    And it’s the SNP to blame for institutional racism in Scotland? Gies peace.

  25. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    GER57

     

     

    My Dad could probably tell you a tale or two about Lambie. And his sprog.

  26. the glorious balance sheet on

    Has someone kidnapped Mr Pastry or impounded his laptop? Thought he`d be backing up his wingmen by now……

  27. BMCUW

     

     

    My late dad had dealings with Lambie in the 70s.

     

     

    If I remember correctly he wanted to knee-cap him, or have a horses head put in his bed.

     

     

    He did neither.

     

     

    HH!!

  28. BMCUWP

     

     

    Hail hail, fellow championees fan.

     

    Central Ayrshire Labour Party was a family affair. Saw a wee mention of “Orange Lil’s” above. Got chucked out for not singing national anthem one night.

     

    The local Lab party could easily have held its meetings there.

     

    We found out who was who when the miners’ strike started. The stickies were scab sympathisers.

  29. ger57

     

    13:39 on

     

    12 June, 2015

     

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    Nationalists have been in power EIGHT years now, nothings much has changed.

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