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. Typical hun on Snyde , bring in 8 Terry Hurlocks , and Allardyce to stop Celtic playing….

  2. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Is there no limit to the crapness of Alex Rae’s stories? They get worse every week.

  3. Team for tomorrow



    De Vries





















  4. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    Now he’s moaning that he didn’t get enough time at St Mirren.


    Errr – they were bottom when you got the boot and now they’re top!



  5. Big Packy,



    It was a combination of the of the Military Industrial Complex & the Mafia….or it was a hungover Secret Service agent….;-))







    Is there no limit to the crapness of Alex Rae’s stories? They get worse every week.





    To be fair, I’m not sure he’s covered his own AyeBrokes years yet – so still a way to go…. :-))

  7. Big Packy,



    I really don’t care….lol….I do care that the NSA captures all of this….and that big brother has arrived….;-((







  8. mild mannered Pedro delgado on




    I’d rest a lot. More


    I would keep Dembele broonie kt and Boyata

  9. MMPD- He said similar after the Souness guff again the other night, before Willie Miller reared up…:)

  10. mild mannered Pedro delgado on



    I always liked willie millar


    I remember seeing himself and jimmy calderwood in the same boys team in govan


    Don’t know if it was school team but I know jimmy is abig Hun


    But willie seems to be very fair minded, or is he a Tim

  11. GlassTwoThirdsFull on

    McLeish on five live – there’s a preference for foreign managers.


    Err, no Alex – there’s a preference for good managers!

  12. mild mannered Pedro delgado on

    Cheerio for now









    Por cierto



    Don’t get lost or killed




    kojo still laughing

  13. Good evening, friends.



    Delighted to say that all of this week’s picks for Last Man Standing 9 Week 5 have been submitted. I’ll put out details of who has picked whom shortly ;-)

  14. Delaneys Dunky on




    My granda told me that JFK would never have sent troops to Vietnam. Johnston, however.

  15. fergusslayedtheblues on

    Must say


    Really looking forward to the game tomorrow ,thought the bhoys were excellent midweek in what I thought ,would be a tough fixture .


    If the bhoys can carry it on ,we should be in for a treat .



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