How not to stage a flashmob protest


If you’re going to stage a protest it’s better to make sure that it registers where it counts.  Turning up at a Sports Direct till with a pile of tracksuits, then only offering £1 for their purchase, might echo the transaction Mike Ashley completed for the naming rights of Ibrox, but if the tycoon even gets to hear about the so-called flashmob protest he’s likely to pity the forsaken attempt to undermine him.

Ashley has invested around a couple of million in Newco Rangers but it’s pin money for him, which he can easily afford to gamble with.  He is also not afflicted with any emotional attachment to Newco, or pretty much anything else, it seems.  In short, this is a guy ‘Rangers’ fans can’t lay a glove on.  They would be far better to figure this out and start to deal with the reality than provoke an unwelcome response.

Neither Ashley nor the Easdale brothers strike me as people who will be easily cowed or bullied into forgoing the rights they have purchased, while others, including thousands of fans, kept their hands in their pockets.  The many genuine fans who are distraught at the humiliating mess Newco has become have been led up the garden path by would-be sages.


The world is paying a little more attention than usual to the many problems in Africa at the moment but I heard one authoritative voice last week suggest that ebloa is only around the third or fourth most severe problem the continent faces.

But, things are getting better in large swathes of the continent, thanks to improving governance in some areas, better infrastructure, more widely available healthcare, and more children, especially girls, given access to education.

20 people from Celtic Foundation are in Malawi building classrooms and toilets at the moment, while CQN’ers built three school kitchens there this year (more on the soon), but sometimes these many parallel developments conflict.

One such occasion is the John Bande Foundation School in Blantyre, Malawi, which through Mary’s Meals is supported by the Noreen Davies Hikers & Bikers, a group of people from Lanarkshire and Glasgow.  The Hikers and Bikers support a feeding programme at the school, which makes it possible for kids to attempt the school, instead of working for food.  It’s a mature project but the recent building of a motorway right on the edge of the school property has made the building dangerous; learning and feeding is no longer possible.

The Noreen Davies people are raising money to erect three new buildings.  You can read more of the story here, with pictures of the school and road.  If you can give them a £1 or two, do so here.

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  1. ger57 correct. We recently had a chance to change that for our Northern part of the Island. More people gain from those low paid servants than lose, ergo the system is supported. Tories and Labour same side of the coin. What we need is something completely different. Sadly the majority of people want the same old same old mostly because they know what that means, and fear change. Going into the unknown is not something most are keen on even when they themselves determine the results. Celtic PLC can make a radical choice and pay a liveable wage , it would send shock waves through the system and maybe wake us all up.

  2. BT



    I always remember Marco in my prayers.



    I hope he has a fantastic holiday.



    Hope you are feeling better too!

  3. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    He went to bobath when he was younger. He is at mainstream school and in the he scale on the condition he is not too bad off.

  4. weet weet weet(gbwo)



    07:03 on 13 October, 2014.



    A great read mate


    I was only a youngster but remember the terrible abuse the huns directed at Paul.HH

  5. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    09:18 on 13 October, 2014



    But that’s what they do….that’s what they always did before their demise …… and some Celtic fans actually want them resurrected…..

  6. 67 European Cup Winners on



    I remember him reminding me of Lou Macari ??


    Also did we not call him “Tumi” not sure of spelling but it sounded like “Toomi”


    I remember a good wee player




  7. Captain Beefheart on

    Morning everyone.



    I didn’t realise Paul Wilson played so many games for us. An interesting article.



    Living wage. If it is so crucial to the ethos of Celtic, why are a tiny minority of supporters interested in it? A couple of thousand at most?



    Celtic’s founding ethos was Christian. Why do the guardians of Celtic’s heritage not focus on that instead of campaigns motivated by politics?



    If we care so much about down trodden/poor workers, perhaps we should campaign first against companies such as Primark before we pursue Celtic.

  8. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    Paul Wilson was called Toomai after the eponymous character in Elephant Boy a popular kids TV programme of the time.





    Some of us already boycott Primark.



    I don’t want to do the same to Celtic. Even though I think you are comparing apples and oranges.

  10. Captain Beefheart it all comes down to whether we care or not. If we do , up to is to set an example that others follow, just like yer man JC did 2,000 years ago.

  11. Captain Beefheart on

    Fair enough gents. I remain a sceptic.



    Bobby, sounds like your day went well.



    Have a fine day all.

  12. Margaret McGill on

    captain beefheart



    10:00 on 13 October, 2014



    Who are the guardians of Celtic’s heritage?





    It did,mate. Yer gonna have to join in one of these days.

  14. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Really delighted that NEIL has become the manager of Bolton, where he will be able to do his job within a background of non – bigoted media / public / opposition ……and…..will be able to enjoy his family social life ……we salute you, NEIL, for resisting the bigots …. (and some Celtic fans actually want them resurrected) ……..HAIL HAIL to you, and yours, NEIL

  15. Margaret McGill on




    10:35 on 13 October, 2014



    Yes I know but your founding Christian ethos logic is flawed.


    It appears that you maintain that the current custodians of Celtic football club are devoid of any financial or social responsibility to their direct employees or for those that are indirectly employed in manufacturing celtic strips for example. Only when maybe the equivalent of 1200 bangladeshis are killed from depraved indifference of the selected clothing manufacturer should we excercise our founding Christian ethos and do what? Write the board a strongly worded letter?

  16. Captain Beefheart on

    Er, it is quite a leap to suggest that I feel that Celtic have no responsibility to their employees Margaret.



    Anyway, gotta go to work. Have a good day.

  17. Captain Beefheart


    I dont think its a tiny minority jon,fans I chat to at every strata think it is right too


    I do think it is right and fitting that Celtic introduce the living wage but also step out and be a leader in its implementation



    It fits every facet of Celtics founding ethos imo.


    It is complex, due to tax and working credits and tax & ni contributions


    But those complexities can be overcome


    and saying my club are a living wage employer would be a humble truth,just in the same way it was a truth to help feed the poor of the late 1880s.


    Your contrast re primark/Celtic misses point.they sit on same side on this debate.


    That to me is wrong.



  18. Margaret McGill on

    captain beefheart



    10:49 on 13 October, 2014


    Er charity begins at home and where is the downtrodden line drawn?



    “If we care so much about down trodden/poor workers, perhaps we should campaign first against companies such as Primark before we pursue Celtic.”

  19. Gon the Wee Marco Bhoy enjoy your holiday.



    Paul Wilson served me a pint in the derby in pub in ML4 :))))





    the new bracelets are braw sir

  20. Last I heard of Paul Wilson he had taken ownership of a pub in Salsburgh (the bottom shop) long long time ago…..for those of you out there Salsburgh is a wee village where the Sevco bus was burnt out………fantastic player great at hitting the bye line and whipping over them crosses………to think we have that imposter of a winger called Derck is unbelieveable……

  21. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon ....The angels are with Wee Oscar in Heaven.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on

    Just in case you missed this, from oor Phil….



    A Big House divided


    23 Replies


    I’m afraid that relationships are breaking down over in the Sevco sitcom.



    Apparently the script writers decided that the Board meeting on Wednesday was to be a bad tempered conclave.



    The Chairman of Rangers International Football Club (RIFC) David Somers was present as was Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary Philip Tudor Nash.



    The Easdale family was also represented in the room.



    Everyone else, including Chief Executive Graham Wallace, dialled in to take part in the meeting.



    The good news is that Graham Wallace and Philip Nash have the total support of Laxey partners and the Institutional Investors.



    Chairman David Somers is establishing himself as a man of some character who will not be bullied or brow beaten by anyone.



    He made that quite clear during the meeting.



    I am aware that there has been some Off the Radar fantasizing about a South African based saviour for Sevco.



    So let us be clear on this dear reader.



    There have been NO talks with David Cunningham King from anyone at RIFC.



    Only in the parallel PR constructed universe where Craig Whyte is a billionaire have there been talks between Dave King and senior folks at RIFC about a ‘bail out’.



    Moreover Mr King is not interested in becoming a player in this farce as he does not want to have to buy out the ‘Onerous Contracts’ that are crippling Sevco.



    The board meeting on Wednesday was so fractious that they could not even come to a decision on Mr Ashley’s request for an EGM.



    However they will examine it to see that it is competent and complies with all the necessary regulations before getting back to him.



    I am also aware that it has been rumoured that Mr Graham Wallace has received a bonus payment.



    My sources tell me that this is not the case.



    The figure of £160,000 IS accurate and it was offered to him, but he turned it down.



    Moreover I understand that the RIFC Chief Executive is saddened by the fact that the company are apparently willing to go back on a contractual obligation.



    He had communicated his refusal of this offer (which is his bonus with tax deducted) to the Chairman of RIFC David Somers and the Chairman of the Football Board Mr Alexander Easdale.



    The deal which he signed up to in February was that he would get a bonus equivalent of his annual salary NET of tax.



    Yesterday I am told that the mood about the Big House was rather depressed and there is still no sign of the accounts.



    I am told that auditors are “incensed” that the £2.5 million credit line which they insisted on being included the accounts last year was removed without Deloitte being notified.



    Daniel Stewart & Company are still on the naughty step with the AIM.



    A well placed Sevco insider told me that he was amazed that the same Square Mile chaps had not been in touch with RIFC apropos their naughty NOMAD.



    There is no doubt that attitudes are hardening in the Boardroom and there are two clear camps.



    Laxey partners and the Institutional investors stand as one.



    Facing them is Mr Ashley with the support of the Easdale family.



    It could be a three way fight, but in the Blue Pitch corner all is quiet.



    They and their colleagues in Margarita Holdings do seem rather Zen like as the other two power blocks get ready to slug it out for control.



    It is almost as if they know something that the others do not.



    As ever Charles of Normandy remains above the fray.



    The script writers obviously have big plans for him.



    Stay tuned




  22. Do Sevco owe £16M? FFin’ discussion on debt and the finer points of company law:



    “How can we have £16m of debt if we have no lending facilities ie who do we owe?”




    “The football club owes the plc the money.”




    “Its inter-company debt owned by the sub to the parent. Absolutely nothing in it”




    “Does that mean if we went into admin we would be our own biggest creditor ?”




    “It was the holding company that went into Admin last time (and the subsequent liquidation). I don’t recall the club having any debt last time to the holding company.”




    “The last time we(the club) only had a one company set up,the club and assets were owned by The Rangers Football Club plc….”




    “the club and its parent company are totally separate legal entities, as proved by the club surviving the liquidation of the old co. however, in a practical sense they are the same thing, ie the parent company would only be bought by someone who wanted the football club”




    “It’s an inter company debt which offsets to zero when you compare the accounts”




    “That’s over and done with in the blink of a signature”




    “These [chaps] have us by the short and curliest.”

  23. Nae laughing Nowwwwwwwwww



    “the club and its parent company are totally separate legal entities, as proved by the club surviving the liquidation of the old co. however, in a practical sense they are the same thing, ie the parent company would only be bought by someone who wanted the football club”

  24. “Does that mean if we went into admin WE would be our own biggest creditor ?”



    Think they might find it’s “big haunds” and his cohorts they owe the money to :)))



    Till later all

  25. Monaghan1900



    FF’in hell, those genius financiers over at Sevco leave us sorry lot standing by the wayside:))



    Morning Lefty..



    Morning Hoops…

  26. Lefty



    Many thanks.









    That para is one of the funniest things I have seen, how is gods name are they able to function with brains like that >}

  27. An tearman



    Is payment of a living wage a matter purely for shareholders to determine?



    Or reverse, is payment of a living wage a matter that non shareholders should determine?



    Or should payment of a living wage be determined by supporters who contribute nothing financially to Celtic or only by those who do?



    I have no problem with the principle at all and would be happy to contribute a bit more to the cost by for example an increase in my S, but I think those who will bear the cost are the ones who should make the decision.



    To make an informed decision I would like to know the cost and how it is to be met.



    An increase in ST is only one solution.



    Other internal costs can be cut but at what cost to service if running costs or football quality if in football operations?



    I’m pretty certain that with all the relevant information and options laid out the support would be happy to meet the cost in whatever form it takes, but I’d like to know the different possibilities before making a decision.