If only Stalin knew


Josef Stalin was adored by his people. He was also a charismatic man with a plan. He had the vision to take the Soviet Union forward to prosperity. But there were famines and genocide. The starving were not exiled to Botany Bay for stealing a handful of corn, hundreds of thousands of them were shot, all while Stalin occupied the Kremlin.

The means of production were breaking down all around. Newly manufactured tractors idled in fields, because simple replacement parts were never produced, causing production targets to be missed, with a whole host of consequential ramifications.

Yet the people remained in awe of their genocidal oppressor. “If only Stalin knew”, they would say, “he would end the suffering and fix all these problems”. It was Beria, or some other apparatchik, who must be responsible.

“If only Stalin knew” has become a phrase to describe a characteristic of human nature. We grow to worship those who inspire us to revolution and reject all evidence when they drive us into the sea. Faults and failings are blamed on others. If only the man (less commonly, woman) at the top was in complete control, this mess would have been avoided.

You will note this morning that “King took a backseat during the recruitment process as Graeme Park, with Stewart Robertson and Andrew Dickson alongside, drove through Caixinha’s move… to Ibrox”.

The sentiment is clear: what is needed is not less influence from King, but more involvement. The plan is great, it just needs to be executed the way King wants it to be.

It’s not like we haven’t warn them.

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  1. The manager’s new book Brendan Rodgers – The Road to Paradise is now available at CQNBookstore.com – other the the club’s own outlets we will be the only other outlet where the book will be sold.



    The first 100 copies sold at CQN Bookstore will all receive a free gift with your order.

  2. Most very complimentary after Wednesday` performance but before that, I read quite a few feeling we were not as good as last season.


    I read somewhere that 18 months was the time-span for the feel good factor after a big Lottery win. Are some of our support experiencing a similar reaction?




  3. 50 shades of green on

    Ok here goes another attempt at second guessing Brendan.



    Thinking it could be a 3 5 2 formation today and I’m also taking a hint from Bada about Mikey J . ( Always good to see another Mick in the team).



    Ffs cany even figure out who’s in goal,,, ach,,,,,,,



    Cragie G



    Big Mick


    Dedryck Bhoyatthebacka


    Wee KT





    Ollie n Broonie


    Ferry Mhan


    Mikey J





    The Moose.




    If thats the team then remind me to buy a lottery ticket on the way home.




    Roycastle.csc…….coming soon.




  4. Torrential rain -way down south–perfect for watching the game .



    Wee flurry re LBJ -yesterday / last night . If you are interested and have the time you’ll not find better than these —



    The Years of Lyndon Johnson — Robert A Caro – Volume 1/2/3/4 . . Truly a fab piece of research / biography .



    Quick blast of The Master-




  5. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Bournesoupsrecipe, my money is on the Oeuf .



    There were temporary traffic lights on Farme Road last night , just before the turn into where the polis station at Rutherglen. It was quite congested last night at about 7pm.



    Hopefuly the temporary lights are away today.

  6. 50 shades of green on

    Ffs if big Micks on the naughty step Big Nir will have to step in.



    Just as well that its ——–



    In Brendan we trust.







    Think we will take a few aff the Ayrshire baton twirlers, they will be knackered after playing 97 mins mid week:-)



    Going for 5 although our home performance seems not as fluent as our away ones.



    Moussa treble, Mikey n Ollie as the scorers.




  7. 50 shades of green on

    Ave got to kill time between now and the bus leaving at 2 bells for Celtic Park.



    So my choices are a wee Kip, the Gym or walk the dug who is giving me the ” ffs its raining look “, or I could watch Murties —– fek it dug it is, followed by 2 square n crispy rolls.




  8. It’s that time of year to spot the TV presenter / interviewee not wearing a poppy on a live programme. If you see one make sure you complain to the poppy police.




  9. Bookies favourites now for the bigotdome are,



    Lenny @2 /5 on


    Sutty @2/1


    Jackie Mac @5/1


    Lubo @10 / 1


    Henke @10 /1





  10. Headline on newsnow that Ryan Christie should have played against us ( didn’t click on it)



    Must have missed the O’hallaron should have played against sevco article



    same old

  11. Wee item on the radio -way down south -re all the gossip re Ancelloti being lined up to replace Conte at Chelsea .



    I liked this from 1 of the pundits — ” That would be really strange for the players — to go from having a Manager who micro manages you to the extent that he checks that you are cutting your toe nails in the approved manner to a Manager who turns up to announce that you are playing and leaves you to get on with it ..Bayern players were organising their own training sessions .If you play for Conte he wants to know what you had for breakfast “


    I spent a wee while sending out the details of the Dayoooot/Hootenanny of 11/11 over the last few days. I really must learn how to group-send,but heyho…



    If anyone is feeling a bit miffed at being left out,mail me on






    and I’ll get back to you.



    I’m now at Euston Station with an hour to kill before my train. What to do…



    Expensive part of town,but there’s a traditional pub hidden on the concourse. £4 a pint,which ain’t bad at all.



    Doric Arch,its called. And it’s got a bookies next door!!!





    Always the same wi that mob. Rules don’t apply,and new sanctions should be invented to punish everyone else.



    Really,I think we should all be rounded up,every non-hun,publicly flogged,and all our assets confiscated for the common good-The Mighty Rangers!!!



    Even then they won’t be happy. F… them.

  14. Looks like the perfect opportunity about to present itself, Glasgow city council to align itself with an independent Catalonia, and the Celts to move to the new Catalan super league.

  15. BMCUW



    The Doric Arch .



    Named after the Arch at the old Euston Station . It’s destruction / removal when the station was modernised provoked a mega scandal. . Bog standard profit before heritage stuff with added pocket lining from various interested parties.

  16. On the cusp of matching a century old record,feels good.If it was easy why has it stood so long?This team we’re watching is treating us to regular foorballing joy and we should revel in it while it lasts.


    Looking forward to possibly seeing Mikey& Kris get a game as well as Moussa continuing his comeback.Good TIMes,enjoy fhellas & fhellasses.



    P.S.JFK was shot from a drain at side of road.By Woody Harrelson’s dad. ;)

  17. glendalystonsils on



    9 sailors sacked from TRIDENT SUBMARINES for snorting.



    Keep them away fae that launch button FFS!





    That’s the one!



    I think they transported it,following a public appeal,to a “holding” site with plans to rebuild,but the money ran out.



    I remember reading about it a few years ago-did it not end up in the bottom of a canal in East London?

  19. BMCUW .



    Yes !



    Bits of it also became a patio for some of those who worked at removing it.

  20. Come on Celtic let’s do the Ayrshire huns ! I see Murty has the obligatory poppy on his chest

  21. CHAIRBHOY @ 6.23.



    ” do you truly believe that the Football World would rather watch Barnsley than Celtic ? ”



    Based on @ 18 years in Napoli and Sicily . — next to none of ” the natives ” watch Barnsley or Celtic . . They watch Serie A / Real Madrid / Barca / Bayern Munich/ Brazilian and Argentine football . Some watch EPL games featuring Italian Managers and there has been an upsurge re people watching PSG .



    Migrants form the bulk of those who watch live football in bars – Maghrebis watch Real and Barca . Sub Sahel chaps watch PSG / Chelsea and the 2 from Manchester . . Egyptians / Somalis / Eritreans / Yemeni etc watch Arsenal / Chelsea.. Ukrainians watch Bayern Munich and the EPL . Romanians and Albanians watch Juve / the EPL and Bayern Munich . The Bangladeshis watch cricket -that suits me very nicely !

  22. Youngest Grandchild’s first birthday today. Wee party organized by No. 2 Daughter. Start time of party 3pm, Bloody Hell, just as well for her that the polls are closed, that’s the thanks I get for canvassing for her.


    Anyhow relying on CQN for updates so I hope ye online bhoys are in good form today.




    Forgot to add — Syrians / Iraqis watch the EPL — especially Chelsea / Arsenal

  24. Hun on Hun action has kicked off. Old Man Miller restored to the Major Huns & made Captain as well.

  25. BMCUW –



    It’s marketing and decades of yearning and cultural aspiration. . Guy who owns a bar in Palermo told me he is beginning to have a hassle with(between) Moroccans who want to watch Spanish football and Algerians / Tunisians who want to watch Marseille / PSG

  26. Wee repost…



    JOBO BALDIE on 27TH OCTOBER 2017 8:10 PM


    *** LAST MAN STANDING 9 ***




    Delighted, if not overwhelmed to tell you that all of the picks for week 5 have been submitted. Thank you kindly for freeing me up to enjoy the build up to tomorrow’s football. And as you’ll see from the list below it’s possible that everyone will win through to week 6. It’s also possible that we will all fail!




    Anyway, good luck to all and here’s where this week’s hopes and dreams are invested. All games take place tomorrow.




    Hearts [2] v Rangers* – 12.30



    Aberdeen [30] v Ross County



    Celtic [15] v Kilmarnock



    Dundee [3] v Hamilton



    Motherwell [1]v Hibs



    Arsenal [41] v Swansea



    West Brom v Manchester City [1]



    Bournemouth v Chelsea [4] – 17.30

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