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. CHARLIEBHOY ive got frankie and benny 2 westies only pups, but i had 4 westies and a yorkie 2years ago, lost them all in that 2 year period, heartbreaking does not come into it, because they are your furbabies .right lets try and get some help for you, exiled tim is your best bet if he is about he will try and help also, weefra the tim,nfortunately, has not been posting but might have had some suggestions, also mike in toronto another dog lover.hh.

  2. CHEERS BP I was just about to ask for weefras advice when he flounced with mahe……it happens my first boxer judy fell in love with my wife before i did in the hourigan household, your old parish

  3. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    That is almost correct.


    When the President takes to the field, the band plays the Presidential Anthem, which is a shortened version of Amhran na Bhfiann.



    Then the National Anthems of both teams are played in full.



    Amhara na Bhfiann followed by Ireland’s Call.

  4. Bi Packy


    Wee Hector Bhoy, gets a hip replacement Op early April


    Amazing what Vets can do

  5. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Thomthetim 804pn



    Apologies if I have posted this my brother & his family and my two sisters are heading over to Port Salon ? In August, am hoping to be over in 2020 as me & my mob have already booked our summer holiday, our family live in Milford and that’s why my brother & sisters are heading over, again apologies if I have picked you uo wrong but thought you were in the Letterkenny area

  6. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Larry Marshall’s real name was Henry Tomasso, of Italian parentage.



    I first saw him when I was a wee boy.


    He was part of a concert party, which played in church halls around the diocese.



    I remember him well, as for some reason, my brother decided to call me after him.



    So much so, that pals would come to our door and ask if Henry was coming out!



  7. Expecting a true football spectacle tomorrow. Our opponents are renowned for their classic football style. Aye right. Do them. Hh

  8. NORRIEM.hope hector bhoy gets that hip replacement ,my late westie charlie had cruciate ligament surgery on both legs, and he was fine keep me informed.hh.

  9. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Gerryfraethebrig ,



    A lovely part of the county.



    I am about an hour’s drive from LK, on the coast between Gweedore and Dungloe, in an area called the Rosses.



    It is the most beautiful part of the country, as western coastlines tend to be.

  10. TET…………… that was misty (long gone i’m afraid) last night pic was skye, it has been suggested to me that some sort of canebaloid a legal canabis based drug can fight cancer???? i’m just a dope on these things but a junkie for knowledge anyone in this joint give me a spliff of info…… and i am called charlie BTW :+))



    they said it might all have been removed but are looking for £1’5k just to diagnose i then later posted the above




    There’s cat owners on here aswel you know.



    £250 it cost me 3 months ago when some bassa knocked down Caesar, he’s brand new now and strutting about like a black panther.



    I was off unwell for a while and trained him to sit before I put his food out, my daughter thinks I’m nuts and turned him into a dog.;))))

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    G64- heard same about last week but you were ok with The Excorcist at your place…empties all the spirits oot the hoose…:)

  13. SIPSINI, our mistake we are all animal lovers, hope ceasar is okay keep us informed.hh.

  14. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Thomthetim 8.20pm



    Think our mob are living in Milford, a couple of my big cousins were over last weekend they are fed up coming over due funerals and want us to visit them :-) Clogher Celt was great with his info I am the youngest of 5 and the only one who has never crossed the water, definitely if God spares me, we are looking at 2020, my big bro has told me this summer is a goer but little does he know I have no holidays work wise :-)

  15. I know Van the orangeman was an EastBelfast legend but he made some some great tunes. HH.

  16. GORDON64, where was that, my local pub in 1971 was james chapman wines and spirits in glenboig lanarkshire, he owned 2 pubs the big shop and the wee shop, the big shop was more or less bluenoses, but had a fairshare of tims my 2 uncles been some of them, now my old man drunk in the wee shop 100 per cent tims.hh.










    c60 years ago, I used to watch the reserves on a Friday night and the big team on a Saturday. I mind the evening we played 2 Brazilians.




    I had a season ticket then (before Big Jock) that covered Friday night reserves. You got tea and cakess. No pie and Bovril, no meat on a Friday days.




  18. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    Gerryfraethebrig ,



    It will be worth the wait.


    You will have the additional pleasure of visiting an EU country.

  19. Big packie, just reading about your westies. Our wee westie came to a brutal early end that she really didn’t deserve. She seemed to have eaten something off the ground that went toxic inside her and a last ditch operation couldn’t save her, she went from fighting fit to dead in less than a day and was one day short of her tenth birthday.



    Don’t want to sound so grim though, she was brilliant. Westies are such entertainers! All dogs are, I think. Hx2 mate.

  20. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Big Packy



    I know of the Big shop & Wee shop, might be after you’re time but did you the KRG family ?



    By the way Glenboag, Mount Ellen, Gartcosh and surrounding areas were hun filled …. thank goodness for ML5 :-)

  21. Watching latest installment of BBC “Shetland” series



    F3ck me



    I used to think i would like a trip there



    but after watching that ?????????



    population of 23,000



    Must be crime capital of the world

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