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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    Aye we’re fine, had to cancel my wee day oot the day into Basel and now I’m glad as the snow is heaving down!



    And I got to laugh at the Southside Dodgers again:))



    Hope yer guid!




  2. There’s not a hope in hell that Steve Clarke will go to sevco!







  3. Calm doon you lot….can they afford to pay Killie any compensation….and he’d want a guaranteed transfer budget ;-))







  4. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Navanbhoy 4.53pm



    Tell “our mate Mick” Coatbrig is green & white …. sun & snow as well :-)



    Wee BigGeorge hope you had a great day place was choc-a-bloc, couldn’t get near the main stage :-)

  5. TALLYBHOY on 17TH MARCH 2018 5:16 PM


    There’s not a hope in hell that Steve Clarke will go to sevco.




    Would like to think so.

  6. bournesouprecipe on 17th March 2018 5:09 pm


    Brilliant ya mentalist :)))))))))))))))

  7. Why would Clarke go to the badgers hovel ?



    He seems a clever guy. Look behind the curtain like McInnes did.



    I am out at Lomond shores. 1degree but sunny and light snow. Its wonderful so it is.



    This stupid international break coming up. Totally daft. Teams should still arrange fixtures. Decide themselves to postpone based on call ups.



    I used one if those tourist telescope things to look away up Ben Lomond. Its miles and miles away but I can report back no sign of the rangers.

  8. Sportscene doing their damn best to ignore the score from Ipox….hurtin hurtin Huns ;-))




  9. SOUKOUS on 17TH MARCH 2018 5:11 PM



    Content warning view at your own discretion.






    *the wishae born “sisters” did a wee tour over here about 40 year ago and sang the usual nobody’s child, bonnie wee jeannie mccoll etc, after the concert was over and behind closed doors with a few invited guests the war songs got pumped out. This was told to me by a sooside bluenose who was there and was pi88ed off at it.

  10. The most relaxed Grand Slam ever.



    Happy St Patrick’s Day to all my Irish brothers and sisters.



    The best ‘Celtic not playing but great sports day’ ever?



    HH jamesgang

  11. Neustadt-Braw on

    happy St Patricks day to one and all …great grand slam…



    smiley it is Stormy Daniels birthday today thing






    ps Italiabhoy…


    Mr Arthur Donaldson was a very close freind and mentor to my family…starting when he gave shelter to my grandmother Macnamee,s family and two other families at his wee farm in Lugton after the Clydebank blitz…I knew him and his lovely wife Vi my whole life long….


    Arthur Donaldson was not what you accused him of….

  12. SAINT STIVS on 17TH MARCH 2018 5:24 PM



    I am out at Lomond shores. 1degree but sunny and light snow. Its wonderful so it is.



    *you trying tae pi88 me off lol



    I used one if those tourist telescope things to look away up Ben Lomond.



    *climbed it when i was 13 with St Kessogs BG.

  13. Starry


    I have them in an acca, Harts, Killie, Sheep, Spurs, Accrington, just need Pool and Villa for next months bills paid.


    Nay pigs will be flying :-)



  14. !!Bada Bing!! on

    WHAT IS THE STARS on 17TH MARCH 2018 5:34 PM


    Have they not suffered enough




  15. Good evening one and all and a very Happy St Patrick’s Day.



    What a day!!! Scotland sneak a win (and thank God, they did); Ireland win the Grand Slam at ole Twickers and the deid team lose to Steve Clarke and Bodychenko. Couildn’t be better. Let’s hope we win tomorrow.

  16. I am Going to go out on a limb here and make a prediction that 2nd rangers won’t win the league.

  17. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Greenpinata 5.38pm



    We still have the champions of Scotland to watch tomorrow, hopefully in a Scottish cup dress rehearsal



    No chickens counted in this household :-)

  18. TONTINE,



    I remember playing for St Eunans Clydebank against St Kessogs under 13s in the boys guild under 13 league. It was a cold and wet winter day. Probably in 1960/61.



    I also have a team photo outside St Pat’s High school when we played St Pats or St Michaels.

  19. what a satisfying sports day!



    Hey hey



    I’m pretty sure I predicted a 12- 15 point lead by the end of March. That’s de facto where we are.



    I’m not a genius just a realist. Leave thecdelusion to the deluded.

  20. Gerryfaethebrig on

    WITs 5.34pm



    Remember same flies but hopefully this entity have centuries of hurt as most of their fans are still stuck in the 17th century



    Suffering ? I have suffered their bigoted shoite for 47years and don’t see them worrying about this wee Taig :-)

  21. TONTINE,



    Was 1960 I think. Dick McTaggart had recently won an Olympic medal in boxing.

  22. FAVOURITE UNCLE , sorry for not replying to your post, just got back from shopping, it will tell you on earthcam website.hh.

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

    “Whit’s the killie daein’ Tam, whit’s the killie daein’ ?”

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