Industrial performances, Ignorance of causality


Going by the looks of the photographs coming out of Romania today Ronny Deila and his players will be going a culture shock; the Stadionul Marin Anastasovici isn’t the Camp Nou, our more familiar European haunt.

The industrial surroundings should set a tone for the players, though, and industrial performance is required tonight, where the attributes of effort, attention to detail and strength of character are required.

Astra surprised many of us at Celtic Park last month.  After their capitulation to Dinamo Zagreb they were supposed to be the whipping boys of the group, but they can play and extended Celtic more than any domestic challenger would be able to.

A victory would be an enormous boost to our season, and to the development of Ronny’s first Celtic squad.  Question is, are we ready yet?

Ignorance of causality

Sometime between when the link between tobacco and cancer was suggested, and when it was proven, cigarette manufacturers mocked the research by pointing to a study which linked dental hygiene with cancer.

A perfectly valid piece of research found that – in their sample – the group who brushed their teeth daily had less cancers.  In any research you would expect random links, which is why the medical industry requires many studies before concluding on a linkage or treatment.

Yesterday Community Safety Minister, Roseanna Cunningham, told the Scottish Parliament that recent years has seen decreases in religious hatred crimes at football, which she attributes to the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act., which she informed us we spend £3m per year enforcing.  That’s a lot of police overtime to pluck fans out of their beds at 4am.

I respectfully disagree.  Ms Cunningham is blind to causality.  Top flight football in Scotland these past few years is a completely different place than it was previously.    The change had nothing to do with her government’s “horribly drafted” [Sherriff Richard Davidson] legislation.

She knows this, of course, but the landscape has changed over the last year.  The Scottish Government received an independent report on the Act in December last year but refused to debate it in Parliament or at committee.  This is unsurprising as the issue could have been toxic at a sensitive time.

Jim Murphy yesterday pledged to scrap the Act “right away”, adding “Sectarianism is a deep rooted and hate filled long-term problem in Scotland. It was allowed to fester and grow over many decades. Shamefully it was celebrated by a minority and silently tolerated by far too many”.

No other political party supported the Act, so it will not survive a change of government, but going by the polls that day could be a long way off.  That £3m per year is lubricating a lot of wheels, but the real cost is the politically motivated criminalisation of the non-intolerant innocent in order to “equalise” them with the absolutely intolerant.

[calameo code=000390171eccf1f8cf962 lang=en page=118 hidelinks=1 width=100% height=500]
Click Here for Comments >

About Author


  1. Twitter……………Accuracy ??



    Police in Romania have just announced the game Will go ahead!

  2. Jungle Jim Hot Smoked on



    Over the past week, my CQN page suddenly goes blank ( there is a parallel there!). I tried just hitting a few keys. Still made more sense than some of my posts. Incidentally, it has happened again on this page. Game still on ?




  3. tomtheleedstim on

    M1K3Y89 on KDS is part of Celtic’s official party – says ref puts it at 70/30 to be off.

  4. twentyfirstofmaynineteenseventynine on

    mark hateley says Celtic game being off tonight feels like a new signing

  5. tomtheleedstim on

    Bada Bing – didn’t it used to be that the ref had to see both goalmouths when stood on the centre circle or suchlike?

  6. What is the rules with fog these days?



    Is it still the ol’ view both goals from halfway??

  7. tomtheleedstim-pretty sure that’s the rule, though UEFA hate putting games off, and might get the MIBs behind the goal to do a bit……

  8. Cameras pics will always make it appear worse.



    Picks up all the fog between lens and pitch.

  9. The only Party which has ever given us a fair shake in this country, imo, is the Labour Party.





    Give me one example of The Labour Party helping the Irish/Catholic populace.


    Just one.

  10. Living_in_the_Love_of_the_Commons_People on

    Politicians do what they do best: lie, cheat and fill their pockets with tax payers money. They mostly protect their masters purse, the bastions of the corporate world, however. Somebody somewhere is making a nice bung of public money. That is essentially what this diabolical legislation is about- profit. Follow the money and you’ll get to the bottom of why it endures. Do we have any worth Scottish investigative journalists worthy of bringing this to light. Naw, cos journalists are at the same racket as the politicians.



    A plea for match updates later Bhoys! I’ll be in the middle of a busy day. Thanks in advance.