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. The Atlantis – a hun shoppe?






    Had my first pint in there…..wrecked on the fumes, high on the ceremony of the whole thing…In the bar, not THE LOUNGE.



    Take care and HH.



    Time to walk the dogs, glorious but baltic in Corcaigh.

  2. I think Brendan will bring Lustig back in today. Personally I wouldn’t but that’s just me. Don’t think it’s a game for Calvin Miller, Sinclair or Compper. Expecting an old fashioned, blood and thunder Scottish match in difficult conditions. Not for the faint hearted, out of form or untested.






    Hendry Boyata Ajer



    Forrest Ntcham Broonie Mcgregor



    Rogic Edouard




  3. Delaneys Dunky on




    My sis disnae like huns. She loves Ian Durrant.


    Chris played for the Sons yesterday. His first game back after 3 month injury. Hoping to win a cup next week against ICT. Here’s hoping.



  4. DD- met ID a few times, i know his brother in law, good guy, never judge a book by it’s cover as they say.

  5. This mob will come put kicking today, to be ignored by Thomshun, beef up MF with Kouassi, start MD and Eddie up front .

  6. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Bourne, haha , you may be right.



    A friend of mine was in St Petersburg for the Zenit game.



    The morning after the game he and his son went on a guided tour of the city , it was -15C. It started snowing , halfway through the tour. The guide said that was a sign that the temperature was rising.

  7. Delaneys Dunky on




    The Atlantis still has a few Tims drinking there. The handsome side of the pub. :)

  8. Hello folks.



    Been a while, hope you are all well.



    I’m here just to post a link to a just giving page for a young girl in Glasgow who has neuroblastoma. I remember a few years back when there was the drive campaign for wee Oscar knox that the illness itself had become a thing that people in here had strove to combat in any way they could. It always stood out to me the depth of feeling in here at the time and his case was one that transcended the game with many bears getting active as well.



    I hope its not out of order to post and forgive if i don’t reply cos the websute doesn’t appear to work too well with my browser and typing it has taken a terribly long time but I’m not prty off the family, just sharing for a gaming buddy.thanks



  9. Delaneys Dunky on




    ID knows my nephew’s a Bankie Tim. He treats him well and looks after him. My sis loves ID for that. He has got them tickets for Celtic games in Europe. Good guy.

  10. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s , the One Love flag the Green Brigade used to fly has not been on show this season. It always fitted in well with the other flags , flown by them.



    I watched some of the St Patrick’s day march in Perth , Australia. It was good to see the local CSC in it with the flag representing native Australians beside the tricolour . A lovely sight.

  11. BSR,



    the scientific claim fur “too cauld for snow” has to do with… some point the air can’t hold any moisture…..;-))







  12. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Dallas 10.50am



    Totally understand we all have our weekend chores, I go into the office fir a rest :-)



    Any joy on the ticket front for Dallas junior ? Or is he just going to chance his luck in Motherwell, remember the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree :-)

  13. DD – good to see you on the blog my friend. Candle lit at Sacred Heart earlier for your continued road to good health as well as all in need of prayer here on CQN. Ms sends her regards.




  14. RAYMY



    Tried to donate but it didn’t work.



    Didn’t work for my daughter either.



    Will try again later.



    What a gorgeous wee girl.



    Prayers said for her and her family.

  15. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s , enjoy its soothing sounds.



    Gerry, he has a ticket.



    He got back from the local Barry McGuigan in the wee small hours so I’ll get him up soon . It takes him about an hour to surface after a night out . The bus he is going on leaves at 1.15 .

  16. Raymy on 18th March 2018 10:51 am



    don’t see why your posting a link to a worthy cause would be a problem, it isn’t for me



    donation made




    horrible disease as we all have seen ………



    DD haven’t read back but recent posts suggest your looking for work hope you find something soon





  17. Is there any other word beginning `ce` in the English language that is pronounced with a hard `c`?


    If not, why is`Keltic ` the exception ?




  18. Raymy on 18th March 2018 10:51 am



    Sorry Ramy ………..take that back my donation wont go through



    doesn’t recognise me ……..nt surprising I’m probably doing it wrong



    when mini me comes in I’ll get her to try again



    if it works I’ll post to let you know





  19. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Dallas 11.10am



    Good stuff on the ticket front, love hearing about him trying to get to any game he can, he works hard so he might need another hour in his kip :-)

  20. Hot Smoked on 18th March 2018 11:18 am



    might be wrong but only one I can think of is cephalous , spell check changed it from what I thought it was


    didn’t think it had an ous just us . may be others

  21. DALLAS DALLAS Glad you enjoyed the Parade in Perth. I was the proud bearer of the Indigenous flag. HH.

  22. This time last week we were being told ad nauseam that our lead could be cut to 3 points and there was most definitely a title race on. What a difference a week makes. Hh

  23. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Williefernie, tremendous , it was a great sight .



    Also , Willie Fernie was one of my dad’s favourite players .



    When Willie was the Kilmarnock boss, his side were one of the most attack minded teams I have ever seen. Unfortunately, they could not defend as well as they atacked.



    Danny McGrain and Kenny Dalglish have paid tribute , in the past, to Willie’s coaching skills. He was a coach with the reserves after both joinedus.

  24. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Delaney’s at 11.40, wo wo yeah .



    Enjoy the sounds and the game