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. GUTENBERG on 27TH OCTOBER 2017 10:30 PM



    Given the demand for the product I suspect 1% is probably not far off a fair figure. The counter argument is that higher revenue would mean a more attractive product, but I doubt that would be a consideration that would influence a broadcaster.



    Ernie…didn’t know that re Joe…






    He was a red diaper baby, as I believe they’re called over there.



    The band get their name from a saying by Mao that the revolution moves through the people like a fish through water.

  3. Dallas Dallas



    Would love to see him get the Sevco job, not because i think he might be unwell. But because he’s a terrible Manager and well past his sell by date. His track record is abysmal.

  4. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    The Timreaper, I agree about McLeish.



    Celtic Underground as a good article about Didier Agathe. St Anthony who wrote it says Didier is our most underrated player.

  5. weebobbycollins on

    McLeish changed dramatically when he left Hibs for the huns…he admitted he could no longer have cosy chats with the press guys…he had to be more careful with what he said…but his 132 years of dignity certainly took the chocolate biscuit…have disliked him ever since…

  6. Gutenburg



    My cousin Stephen was born in Leeds 53 years ago. He has been to loads of Celtic games but is a Leeds season ticket holder. Ask him what team he supports and he says “Celtic, of course.” :)

  7. Re big Eck, he was another who changed when he walked up the marble staircase, and there have been plenty.


    Went to see Celtic play FC Zurich in a UEFA Cup tie ( I think) and travelled through Southampton Airport.


    On the way back we went to the bar to pass time before the flight to a Glasgow and big Eck was standing having a beer.


    He noticed the colours and came over and asked how the trip was. We lost, of course.


    Anyway we asked him what he was doing in Southampton and quick as a flash and with a wink he said “Wee secret boys but I’m here to sign Le Tissier”. He was the Motherwell manager at the time…


    Good laugh had by all and I thought he was a top bloke.


    However the marble staircase has changed that and now…I’m not so sure.

  8. I’m pretty sure McIness is savvy enough to bodyswerve the Sevco job. Best to let someone else go in and pick up the pieces of half a squad that don’t want to be there. And with the likes of Jabba and King around who needs enemies with friends like those. Next up will fail anyway, they’ll be judged against Brendan and we know how that ends. He’ll end up there one day but now it’s toxic and anyone can see that.

  9. Celtic produced a footballing masterclass in Aberdeen the likes of which most of have never have seen. Brendan has taken us to a new level of football. Hh

  10. weebobbycollins on

    Ernie…I remember hearing Electric Music for the Mind and Body and thinking, ‘is that what that stuff does to you?’ :-)

  11. Chris Sutton:



    “Celtic hero Chris Sutton mocks Pedro Caixinha: He’s most embarrassing in Rangers’ history ”



    Chris, the man is gone, he is sacked. Drop it.

  12. Weebobbycollins…..



    Re LBJ….



    Yes of course you are totally correct…. he wasn’t dirt poor (as Nixon was for example) but his early years were not distanced from those much less fortunate than himself. He was hugely affected by poverty, discrimination, bigotry etc.



    His attitude towards blacks and Jews in particular were very enlightened by the standards in the Southern States of the time.




  13. Dallas



    I sat in front of Mr and Mrs Wim Jansen in Amsterdam Arena and saw Didier Agathe play the game of his life. Love him still.


    When it’s spring again, we sing again, 3-1 in Amsterdam!

  14. Wan day, McLeish got his Hibs players to psyche oot the Cellic players, in a gemme at CP were, the Celtic players went into the huddle and, whilst the huddle was goin on, the full Hibs team stood on the halfway line, like Zulu’s. Ah think it worked as well, 0-0 was how it finished.


    Canny remember if, it was, Wim or MO’N who was in charge of us ?





  15. Ernie


    Agree it’s a really hard sell.


    All Scottish clubs, apart from us, will take any handout so our negotiating position is weak.

  16. weebobbycollins on

    Thetimreaper…you may well be right there. McInnes would certainly like to manage them but probably not at any cost…perhaps he’ll bide his time and see what happens there re King, Jabba et al…I think if Murty does ok they’ll do a bit of Jabba spin and leave him in place till the end of the season…

  17. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s , Didier, like Paul Telfer, was never fully appreciated by some of our support but both did a great job for us .



    Didier adapted to moving from right wing back to right back with ease. He was an excellent right back.



    The Undertones doing teenage kicks on Punk on BBC4 the now



    DD…’fraid I must stand up for ole LBJ…in his 4 and a bit years as President he probably did more for the poor and the blacks than JFK ever did.






    Really interesting post. Thanks.



    HH jamesgang

  19. Shirley the huns should be looking at the second best manager in Scotland as their new leader. Reckon Lenny would take the job? :)

  20. weebobbycollins on

    Thirds63…LBJ was definitely not a Neil Young ‘Southern Man’…as I mentioned earlier, he payed his way through college by teaching poor Mexican-American kids and was affected by the experience…

  21. I hope tomorrow the Celtic support shows its appreciation for what Pedro achieved in his 7 months in charge. Hh

  22. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    I wonder if Brendan will rest Kieran tomorrow , with maybe Calvin Miller or Jonny Hayes filling in at left wing back/ full back ?



    It would be good if pached egg maker extrordinaire , broadfoot , is up against Moussa tomorrow.

  23. BB



    Celtic tv showing every game live anywhere for ppv would be better. Tenner a match anywhere in the world. Fae Parkheid to Pakistan.

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