Hitler, HMRC and how we were all played yesterday


Do you know the story of the Hitler Diaries?  A shamelessly brilliant German got into the business of selling forged (and some genuine) Nazi memorabilia to sympathisers.  In the 1980s, his masterstroke was to handwrite 60 volumes of, largely mundane, diaries, which he claimed were the personal memoirs of Adolf Hitler.  He sold them for millions.

The Times was the first UK publication to verify the authenticity of the diaries, paving the way for their publication by their sister paper, the Sunday Times.  Both papers had a bit of form in this area, promoting and buying rights to fake Mussolini diaries.  The Hitler Diaries were a sensation when the Sunday Times ran them, at the time, it was regarded as the story of the decade.

Within weeks, the world knew the diaries were fake and wondered how the Times group could so easily be duped, after falsely promoting yet another fascist dictator’s documents.

An entertaining dramatisation of these events, Selling Hitler, was broadcast in 1991, which portrayed Nazi sympathisers and a few historians as gullible fools, but it reserved a different verdict to the Sunday Times.

The newspaper paid £750k for UK rights to fake documents.  On the surface, this looks ridiculous, but the point the TV dramatization made was that the authenticity of the ‘news’ was neither-here-nor-there, enough people bought the newspaper to make the exercise an overwhelming commercial success.

You and I may think The Times made a fool of themselves yesterday by getting a story so wrong, that HMRC took to Twitter last night to protest, “As widely reported today and to clarify: HMRC won against Rangers’ tax avoidance in the Supreme Court, and did not miscalculate anything”.

But we are missing the point.  The Times newspapers know that the authenticity of the story stands independent of its commercial viability.  Their story yesterday was a commercial success, perhaps their biggest in Scotland for years.  Fake news has been successful news for Times publications since they bought the Mussolini diaries in 1968 and nothing has changed since.

And yes, gullible loons are still prepared to believe any revisionist nonsense. The truth is, Hitler, Mussolini and Rangers were each solely responsible for their own destruction, no matter what Times Group newspapers erroneously imply.

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  1. MacGregor v Farouk …



    Watching it maself I ended up punching maself … whit a fight



    Hope none of them lose !



    Why is big Virgil being booed every time he touches the ball?





    Just tuned in.



    Canny remember the big guy playing in the Irish League…..embarrassing Zombies as ever

  3. Morning! Had a good night!! Oot anyway ! FAIRhillbhoy, have not seen you posting on here or SC recently! Hopefully you are okay

  4. GFTB


    Kash Farooq is a wee Tim fae Knightswood. Went to Saint Tams wi my son. Went to Celtic games with him too. The wee man got robbed tonight. McGregor the Jambo was lucky I think. I demand a rematch and Kash will do him. He is a crackin wee guy. Proud to know him. Neil Lennon is a mentor to Kash. His day will come. He will be World Champ one day soon. Love the wee man. Legend in the making

  5. Weebawb


    Hope you are good pal. Good to see you posting. Would like you and GFTB to be friends. Life’s too short. We are all Tims. You Lanarkshire Tims are emotional though. 😜👍🍀💚

  6. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Are you being serious?



    The level of policing is dependent on two factor, the level of intolerance directed towards the marchers and the likelihood of disruption. Intolerance and likelihood of disruption are closely related.

  7. Good morning CQN from a -3 Garngad its feckin freezing, the day I didn’t put heating on timed.⛄️⛄️⛄️⛄️



    I watched the boxing last night and I thought Farooq had just sneaked it to.



    My son and his pals were there and when I text him after it they had thought Kash had also won and was robbed.









    D. :)




    Thanks for posting that clip!



    A wee greet in the morning does me no harm!




  9. Philbhoy 8.48am



    Caught your post in work on Friday morning, made this “bampot” laugh :-)



    DD & David66



    I know even less about boxing than football but thought Kash was robbed, even though both himself & Macgregor had good spells from an untrained eye I thought Kash was the winner and MacGregor was out on his feet…



    DD am even more annoyed now that wee Farrouq is. Cellic Bhoy :-)

  10. Macjay 3.40am



    The simple reason behind that article is there are far more PROTESTERS at republican matches and more police are required for those protesting … by the way I know you are the other side of the world these days but the Evening Times is honestly like the Rangers News some articles even had the prices of season tickets for the bigot dome included a couple of seasons ago, free advertising for their favourite Klub and they know their readership :-)

  11. WHO is biggest liar andy or boris.



    who would you most like to boot in the haw………….

  12. 14th November


    Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths volunteers at foodbank for Christmas appeal



    Leigh Griffiths volunteers at Loaves and Fishes





    Celtic star Leigh Griffiths has rolled up his sleeves to volunteer at a charity foodbank.



    The 29-year-old praised the “great job” done by volunteers at Loaves and Fishes, an organisation running for 30 years in East Kilbride to help those less fortunate.



    Starting out as a soup kitchen to feed the homeless, the charity now helps the local community as a food bank.



    The team also provide a warm meal a few times a week at Glasgow’s Oasis Cafe, for those living on the streets.



    The striker took the time to head down to the charity, which was previously supported by Tommy Burns.



    He helped offer a hand with packing food parcels and toiletries for those in need.



    He said: “Loaves and Fishes are doing a great job and I’m delighted to help.



    “Charitable giving is a massive part of the club’s identity and the fundraising through the Foundation’s Christmas Appeal in the past has helped a lot of charities.



    “I know that Tommy Burns was here to provide a helping hand at this particular organisation in the past and it’s great to follow in his footsteps.



    “It’s crucial that the supporters get behind the Christmas Appeal this year.



    “The money raised in the past and donated to Loaves and Fishes helps put on an extra meal for those at a very difficult time of year.”




    Frank Cassidy, a volunteer at Loaves and Fishes, added: “To see Leigh down here in his spare time, rolling up his sleeves and helping out was absolutely fantastic.”



    And Denis Curran, charman at the charity, said: “The idea with the foodbank is to try to give people enough to get them by. People are hungry.



    “I eat every day, so why shouldn’t they eat every day?



    “This is a truly vital lifeline to those who are out there with little or no access to food.




    “No words of gratitude can describe the feeling when you’re able to offer help to a mother or father in need and you see relief in their tear-filled eyes.



    “We’re totally reliant on people’s goodwill and we simply couldn’t help as many people without the support of all the fans who’ve donated to Celtic FC Foundation’s Christmas Appeal.



    “Thank you once again.”



    Celtic are hoping to continue helping those most in need in the community with their 2019 Christmas Appeal.

  13. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    Good morning CQN from a grey, overcast Central Highlands, where the mercury is hovering around Zero Celsius. It feels warmer though, probably due to the fact that we are currently becalmed.


    Great goal from oor Ryan yesterday, and, I think, no injuries to any Bhoys, and that’s all I look for in Scotland games these days. It’s probably also a plus that young Taylor got a run out. I haven’t seen much of him, and thought he played ok, but his positioning looked poor to me, on several occasions, and a better team than Cyprus would have punished that. It’s early days though.


    I hate International breaks… I hate them as much as the gold medal winner in the extremely hateful category, at the World Hate Championships, hates Marmite. 😃



  14. Hunderbirds


    My forensic ability to discern the truth even when it is hidden in the most subtle of ways allows me to deduce that you don`t like International breaks.

  15. bigrailroadblues on

    Good afternoon all from the Star Bar. Looking forward to my 3 course, 3 star Michelin lunch. £3.50 and I tip generously.

  16. Don’t post very often and usually just lurk, but on the subject of “Marching” I came across this in the comments and thought it was spot on. Apologies for the length of the post…..




    Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.



    It is often cited as the reason why we, the citizens of Glasgow, are inflicted with hundreds of anachronistic marches every year.



    This is what it says.



    Article 11 – Freedom of assembly and association



    Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of association with others, including the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.


    No restrictions shall be placed on the exercise of these rights other than such as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others. This article shall not prevent the imposition of lawful restrictions on the exercise of these rights by members of the armed forces, of the police or of the administration of the State.


    Nowhere does it say that we, the citizens, are obliged to have our streets commandeered by various troupes who try to see who can prance the best and who can annoy as many people as possible, for that appears to be the raison d’etre of many of these marches.


    As a council tax-paying citizen, I demand that we get our streets back.



    There is no law on this planet that says we are obliged to give up our streets because the boy scouts, the Billies, the Tims the LGBTQ’s, the pro this, the anti that, a trade union or a bunch of idiots dressed as santa claus want to flaunt themselves and cause as much disruption to traffic as possible.



    ******* Keep them all aff the streets. ********



    Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights protects the right to freedom of assembly and association, but it does **not** give groups a right to commandeer the public roads.


    Every day tens of thousands of ordinary Glaswegians exercise their right to freedom of assembly and association.



    This is done in . . .









    Kingdom Halls,


    snooker halls,




    Bingo halls,










    Masonic Halls,


    Bowling clubs,




    Youth clubs,


    Football clubs,


    Rugby clubs,




    Orange Halls,


    golf clubs,






    Shopping centres,


    coffee bars



    These people somehow manage to exercise their rights without the need to march down Hope Street or Govan Road.


    Imagine if every time people met in these groups that they demanded the right to march to their association on the public road? Two dozen wimmin (hoff wi’ zimmers) and wan bloke carrying banners proclaiming “Bingo is No’ bad”, “we like Bingo” and “ahm only here cause the wife makes me come”


    Yet somehow the bingo players manage to get to the hall without a police escort, without hauding up the traffic and without deliberately marching past a snooker hall shouting “snooker is Sh!te, Bingo is better” whilst throwing ink markers at anyone carrying a snooker cue.



    I am a democrat.



    I believe that people have a right to belong to a bingo club, a religious organisation or a political organisation. I vehemently believe that such groups have a right of association and a right of assembly. However, as I mentioned above, there are a myriad venues that could allow such disparate groups to exercise their rights. A group of like-minded music fans associated and assembled at the TRNSMT festival and none of the performers had to march doon Hope Street to do so.



    Our roads are designed for one thing – traffic.



    Keep our roads for caurs and buses.



    And keep yer bingo players aff oor streets. We do not need a couple of hundred marches a year wi’ people singing “B-I-N-G-O” or shouting rude bingo expressions:


    Kelly’s Eye – show us yer p1e,


    One Little Duck – get tae yer bed,


    Cup of Tea – I need a pee,


    Knock at the Door – yer maw’s a nice wummin’


    Man Alive – ah’ll gae him a five,


    Tom Mix – ya bunch of wallies, . . . . etc.



    Noo, it might not actually be the bingo players shouting these expletives, it might be the followers – those who like the idea of whit playing bingo is all about but either haven’t joined a club or are too much of a nutter to be allowed to join.


    These are called “hingers oan.”



    The Bingo fraternity may claim that they cannot be held responsible for the actions of these “hingers oan” but the fact will be that if the bingo brigade weren’t exercising their democratic right to assemble and associate then they wouldn’t be on the street for these “hingers oan” to cause trouble.



    We are fortunate, however, that by and large, Bingo players seem to have their senses about them. Whilst many of them love to reminisce about the auld days – when Ayrshire tatties actually tasted good or when you could get intae the pictures by taking a couple of emply jam jars – at least they recognise they are living in the 21st century. They have got themselves together, got a venue and meet regularly ***without*** the need to annoy as many people as they can (especially thae snooker bampots!!!)


    Why can’t all organisations be like the Bingo Brigade?


    * – Where only those who wish to see and hear get to see and hear what is going on;


    * – Without the need of holding up traffic


    * – With minimum (indeed no) inconvenience to the general public;


    * – Without deliberately and wilfully antagonising people who may not what your association does


    * – Without requiring the public to pay for policing




    * – where they clean up after themselves (or hire people, called “cleaners” to do so)





    Roads are for vehicles, not for flaunting yourself and antagonising others who, some seem to forget, also have a right to peace and quiet.





    Keep all marches off of our roads.








    Thank you

  17. Hunderbirds are Gone on

    BigRailRoadBlues 12.13pm


    Try the Halibut, with Saffron emulsion and truffle oil, on a bed of seared asparagus… superb 😂



  18. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Beautiful day.



    Celtic players did well yesterday, one goal and one assist. No injuries reported.



    That slant won’t make it into the wider narrative but hey ho.



    ET? DR? I’ll skip it.



    If it appeared in either then it was intended for a dwindling demographic (which doesn’t include any of us).



    Oh, and it won’t be truthful.



    If you want to keep them alive longer, keeeep- CLICKING !!!!!!



    As for the beloved “Auntie” – what can you say?



    In the same week ex-HULL player Shaun Maloney picked up coaching plaudits, a guy who did not play a single minute for Old R@ngers, apparently got Cyprus back into the game last night.



    Hi ho. Desperate times.



    Hail hail

  19. weebobbycollins on

    Sandy Bryson is not a cheating bastard…



    It’s just that his birth certificate was imperfectly registered…

  20. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    WeeBobbyCollins – Lol.



    That one would work on a t-shirt too.




  21. glendalystonsils on




    Watched the Sportscene highlights last night and learned something new . According to Rob McLean , Ryan Jack has changed his name to ‘the on form Ryan Jack . ‘


    Whereas Ryan Christie is just plain old Ryan Christie.

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