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It would choke Scottish Government to acknowledge Celtic contribution

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You read the Scottish Government’s response last week when a Glasgow business won £40m worth of export income, shared with others in their sector from Dingwall to Kilmarnock? Celtic’s Champions League success this month has been phenomenal economic news for Glasgow in particular, and Scotland in general, but it would break the Scottish Government scarcely concealed agenda towards Celtic for them to acknowledge the contribution to our economy.

Instead they peddle some hoary old trash in attempting to defend their thoroughly discredited Offensive Behaviour’ Act, which sought to “equalise” supporters behaving lawfully with those behaving in a sectarian manner.

The Government, which for years placed great political capital into respecting the will of the Scottish Parliament, suddenly decided Parliament’s voice could be ignored by Government, when the chamber voted to repeal the Act in November.

It would choke these people to acknowledge Celtic’s contribution to the country’s economic welfare. They want your votes, they don’t want to listen to you, or Parliament, or any other body who may represent you, unless you conform to a cultish utopian vision.

We live in the age where governments across the globe bang the Bogeyman Drum, while indulging in crass selective seeing and hearing. This Tartan-Peronist outfit would be wise not to cherry-pick how they tackle Celtic supporters, or our club.

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  1. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    PAUL67

     

     

    On R4 overnight,”Boston Calling”. About halfway through there was an item about an alleged dissident in Turkey.

     

     

    Much of the furore against him was for wearing a t-shirt with the word “Hero” on it,which was taken by some to be an acronym suggesting support for an exiled cleric.

     

     

    The host and the correspondent were absolutely incredulous that wearing a t-shirt could be construed as a criminal offence in a democracy.

     

     

    Aye. So am I.

     

     

    It’s on iplayer for anyone interested.

  2. 67 European Cup Winners on

    No recognition from the Scottish Government, Football Association, other clubs (who benefited financially) or the Press ………………. This is how it feels to be Celtic

     

     

    There silence represents hurt, pain, depression and anger – let them suffer

     

     

    67ECW

  3. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    WHATISTHESTARS

     

     

    I hear you had a great weekend. Delighted for you,bud.

     

     

    And bliddy jealous!

  4. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BOURNESOUPRECIPE

     

     

    I think it will be permanent. About £7m plus add-ons.

     

     

    If so,I will be fulsome in my praise of PL,as I was when he signed Moussa.

  5. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Hey.

     

    Now there`s a phrase to conjure with.

     

     

    ” This …….Tartan-Peronist outfit …….would be wise not to cherry-pick how they tackle Celtic supporters, or our club. ”

     

     

    :-)

  6. You’ve gone all Brian Wilson MP on us there, Paul. Most Celtic fans I think hate the OBAF Act. Not all hate the SNP as you seem to. A coordinated response from the Celtic support is unlikely to materialise now, given that nothing much has happened before. Fans Against Criminalisation have done a good job but when they fielded a candidate for a bi-election in Govan they didn’t even get the equivalent of one of the Govan CSCs to vote for him. People hate the legislation but there is no big movement to get it scrapped.

  7. Go tell the Spartim on

    i think Gary 67 espoused the view of Paddy on loan as a disappointment last night, now that ive slept on it i too would be very underwhelmed.

  8. Jungle VIP

     

    Yes, it would have felt really good to have him as `our` player.

     

    From what I have read, though, Celtic and City were both OK with the idea but the third party involvement ( Fulham and sell on clauses ) led to a complicated set of legalities to go through and, as I am sure you are aware, matters in the legal world can sometimes take years so , in the time remaining of the Transfer Window, perhaps a loan deal was the best that could be accomplished.

     

    JJ

  9. Paul67

     

     

    I agree with the general sentiment of your article. It reinforced, in my mind, the idea of Celtic leaving Scottish Football but I wonder how that would impact on a Club and a Support already treated as pariahs by many in our (?) society.

     

     

    JJ

  10. Delaneys Dunky on

    Sorry to hear the news about Gary McKay Stevens. Hope it was just an accident.

     

    Good guy is GMS.

  11. CHAVEZ on 28TH AUGUST 2017 10:17 AM

     

     

    ‘People hate the legislation but there is no big movement to get it scrapped.’

     

     

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    The only political party to support the legislation is the SNP, who, for other reasons, are now on the slide.

     

     

    The Parliamentary arithmetic suggests the legislation will be scrapped.

     

     

    And it may be that some SNP MSPs might now actually consider dissenting from the partly line over the issue. Though as that would probably result in defenestration and the loss of a very cushy number it probably won’t happen.

  12. Chavez, parliament has already voted to repeal OBAF, the Government has ignored this, lame excuse of wanting something else in its place before repealing. How about something like common law? That covers actual criminality. There are also laws which cover sectarianism.

     

    My point is there is no need for an organised movement, parliament has already repealed it, but the government has failed to act on that.

     

     

     

    This law was not needed nor wanted except for some in the SNP who wanted to “even up” prosecution figures directly between Celtic and Rangers(sic) fans. If you are unsure whether that is correct search for Tom Devine gives evidence to select committee, Christine Graham on YouTube, that should clear that up for you.

     

     

    Hope wee GMS gets better quickly.

     

    And Paddy finds his way up the M6, c’mon wee mhan it’s a straight road from Manchester Ron CP! Hardly any turns at all!

  13. traditionalist88 on

    Hot Smoked on 28th August 2017 10:27 am

     

     

    Paul67

     

     

    I agree with the general sentiment of your article. It reinforced, in my mind, the idea of Celtic leaving Scottish Football but I wonder how that would impact on a Club and a Support already treated as pariahs by many in our (?) society.

     

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    Couple of points…

     

     

    If already treated that way anyway then leaving will make no difference. Might as well get our moneys worth! A bigot is a bigot wherever we are playing.

     

     

    Unfortunately there appears to be no mechanism for us to leave – is it counter productive to spend as much time as Celtic apparently do on the issue?

     

     

    HH

  14. ernie

     

    Perhaps those who might be defenestrated are just awaiting a window of opportunity :-)

     

     

    JJ

  15. “Tartan Peronist Outfit”……………..!??

     

     

    Love it.

     

     

    That’s Halla’een sortit……….

     

    :)

     

     

    All good points Paul….

     

     

    …..The only thing I think we’ve heard from the Parly on Fitba’…….. was that drunk rocket waxin’ lyrical – pardon the pun, aboot the guid atmosphere at a huns game laced with unlawful bigotry.

     

     

    Wan Scoddland, Mono Kulchur.

  16. lets all do the huddle on

    “cultish-utopian vision”

     

     

    “Tartan-Peronist outfit”

     

     

    May I be the first to congratulate Ernie Lynch on his new position as Paul67’s script writer

     

     

    or should I be congratulating Paul67 on his new position as Ernie Lynch’s ventriloquists dummy?

     

     

    either way some quality nonsense phraseology for a Monday morning

     

     

    im away back to play with my lego

  17. Doc/Ernie Lynch – we’ll see what happens. It has to be scrapped. I’ve been disappointed that, while most Celtic fans hate the legislation the efforts to have it scrapped were mostly smallish demos and online complaints. There should have been more.

  18. Trad 88

     

     

    ” If already treated that way anyway then leaving will make no difference. Might as well get our moneys worth! A bigot is a bigot wherever we are playing. ”

     

     

    That has usually been my view when posters have spoken of The Green Brigade giving a hostile Media ammunition . In this case , though, I was thinking of those throughout Scotland who see Celtic and Rangers ( their view) as two sides of the same coin ( though usually worded differently !) . If we were to leave, I feel those supporters would then hate us more than they hate THEM ( and I think the opposite is true at the moment) and that could escalate into something very unpleasant.

     

     

    JJ

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