Salmond, MacAskill, Sturgeon police state quest crushed


It should be a matter of great personal pride to the football fans, manty of them Celtic fans, who campaigned against the Offensive Behaviour at Football’ Bill from the outset, and then against the Act, faced off against the Scottish Government at Holyrood yesterday and won.

Their satisfaction will be shared by James Kelly MSP, who raised the Bill in Parliament, which yesterday brought down the Act.  Well done to him and his colleagues.

This nonsense was never about ending sectarianism, neither the SNP Government, nor the police, have moved an inch towards this goal since Alex Salmond first raised the subject.

Sectarianism in football grounds was given life in 2011 by then Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who sat through 90 minutes of The Billy Boys at Hampden, before congratulating fans on their performance.  The Billy Boys returned to stadiums that day and since then, we have lived through an SNP endorsed open season.

The Act was a familiar mix of populist rhetoric and right wing police action so common with those who put identity politics before people.

After their defeat, the Government acknowledged they would recognise will of Parliament, despite ignoring the same will when an earlier vote on the Act was passed.  Nicola Sturgeon did everything in her power to prevent this defeat.

Salmond has moved on to his spiritual home-broadcaster, where proto-right wing nationalists get to claim credentials of the left without challenge.  Today we have a government and police force which have been made accountable to the law and the democratic will.  The need for vigilance against extreme right wing policies continues.

Well done again to all those who campaigned so successfully.

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  1. LMS10 –



    Still waiting on 1 pick before I go public with everyone’s selections for week 2. However, email sent to those who have picked!

  2. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Compliments of the day to all Irish minded souls and also to those who just like to paaaarty!



    Stay safe and stay warm.

  3. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    I don’t believe the Giannia case was as relevant as being made out, in rangers case we are talking about fraud not disputed claims.


    And yes I saw the letter they refused to share with us, that just proves they were not working with us as they claimed publicly on many occasions, as far as I’m concerned.

  4. Neganon


    I wonder how many readers of the MSSM know what `Sectarian` means?



    The Lindsays of this world try to promote the view that `Hun` means Protestant.


    Obviously nonsense , of course but that won`t stop the Establishment continuing to try to `even things out`.


    It felt good to agree with one of your posts!



  5. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Snow in G4 as o was leaving but just going by paradise heading to ML5 and the sun is shining



    Enjoy your day fellow Celts

  6. Canalamar



    I have a different view. Read Traverso letter about when any sanction would be applied. Locus gone.



    I’ll e mail you something on the 20 May 2012 letter.

  7. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Hot Smoked 12.23pm



    I find myself agreeing our Negannon more and more, secretly he is a happy clapper :-)



    Neg2 keep up the good work

  8. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    Hello this is WEE BGFC. Happy St Patrick’s Day folks. I’m sure all the North Lanarkshire tims know about the festival in the Peoples Republic of Coatbridge today. Me and Da are playing at it with our band. We are called Fir Na Ma and we will be playing at approximately 2:30 pm.


    Éirinn go Brách


    God Bless








    “I really love to play for this club so it was never a hard choice. I can play in Europe every year, the fans are amazing, and if I want to change clubs I will need to pick a smaller club. Maybe more money, but it’s going to be a smaller club. I’m not that good to choose a bigger club than Celtic and my family really love it here as well so it was never a hard choice.”


    Mikael Lustig (2014)



    ‘Rangers fans might want to take a picture, do a film, posing as Celtic fans then saying something Rangers. I might then say ‘5-1’, and then walk away laughing’.


    Mikael Lustig (2017)

  10. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Wee Big George



    Will be keeping an eye out for you & your old man :-)



    Enjoy your day wee mhan



    Hail Hail

  11. embramike says ” Yer team’s deid…Beat it!” on

    As Brendan enjoys his St Patrick’s Day Guinness, his biggest selection dilemma for tomorrow might not be playing 3 at the back or 2 up front but whether to start with 10 or 11 players !


    Enjoy the day lhads !

  12. An Irish soldier to the last,


    A criminal he would not be classed,


    And so began the long death-fast,


    Of Bobby Sands from Belfast.



    So proud Brittannia hide your face,


    Throughout the world you are disgraced,


    How many more must take the place,


    Of Bobby Sands from Belfast.

  13. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    If you remember correctly, a wee bit digging shot his claim about timing of sanctions down in flames, he counted the holidays remember, the rules said don’t count the holidays.



    He also tried to confuse our request to investigate the SFA as a request to investigate rangers.



    We also had the BRTH point that criminal behaviour does not have locus issues. Traverso made quite a few mistakes in his response not fitting of someone in his position.


    Though the new club declared a new club was eerily accurate.

  14. ITALIABHOY on 17TH MARCH 2018 9:41 AM



    Good points and I agree. Contextualise is the key word.






    PS: As a side issue, I wonder what the citizens of Coventry now think ?

  15. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Glasgow has the largest diaspora of Irish descent in Britain, there are Paddys Day parades and celebrations up and down the country , but not Glasgow, we all know why, in this bigoted shitehole of a country.

  16. cathedral view on

    NEGANON2 on 17TH MARCH 2018 12:15 PM,



    Can I still call them ORCS?




    ps keep up the good work.

  17. ** LAST MAN STANDING 10 **



    This weeks picks are shown below. 2 of them are perhaps particularly notable. Apologies to highlight that 9 folk have already fallen.





    St Johnstone v Hibs [9] (7.45pm)





    Swansea v Tottenham [13] (12.15pm)


    Aberdeen [36] v Dundee


    Hearts [5] v Partick


    Rangers*[2] v Kilmarnock [1]


    Ross County [1] v Hamilton


    Manchester Utd [32] v Brighton (7.45pm)





    Wigan v Southampton[4] (1.30pm)


    Motherwell [1] v Celtic (2.15pm)


    Leicester v Chelsea (4.30pm)

  18. Bada


    But parades in Glasgow with any religious connotations would cause problems.That is why no such parades are allowed.




  19. !!BADA BING!! on 17TH MARCH 2018 1:36 PM


    Glasgow has the largest diaspora of Irish descent in Britain, surprised at that thought it was liverpool.

  20. Just watched the St J v Hibs Highlights.


    a) St J had many chances to win the game;


    b) John Beaton reinforced my opinion that he is a cheat. He wants to keep Sevco as far ahead of any rivals as possible.




  21. NEGANON2 on 17TH MARCH 2018 12:15 PM




    ‘And when did Hun become sectarian’







    Well here’s an article from 2003 by a hun, calling himself a hun, so I guess it must have been sometime after then.



    But I suppose the answer is when the huns decided it was sectarian. They are after all, Ra Peepul, so it’s only right and proper that they should be able to dictate these things.






    ‘Why this hun’s on the run’





  22. What a difference watching the rugby and the rules being applied fairly due to replaying the action.


    Really don’t reckon our masonic referees will appreciate it coming to football. ;))

  23. !!Bada Bing!! on

    HOT SMOKED on 17TH MARCH 2018 2:29 PM





    But parades in Glasgow with any religious connotations would cause problems.That is why no such parades are allowed.



    Irish is not a religion, but i know where you are coming from Jim



  24. cathedral view on




    I wholeheartedly agree with your view on replays. The resistance to this in football has been a real eye opener especially the derision and negativity from English pundits.

  25. Bada


    I was only talking tongue in cheek re Orange Parades.


    Cheerio for now



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