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. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Gerry, Junior has surfaced .



    I’m not sure if he is going for a few nerve settlers , or curers, before the bus leaves.

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

    Raymy – same as others – seems there is a wee glitch on the Just Giving website – will try later too.






  3. Tried sending you a photo of our 2 labs….Marspapa the dug lover….or chemist ;-))




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

    Kaya album – not listened to it for years, but have it belting out now – Wee BGFC at my side bopping along :-))))))






  5. Delaneys Dunky on




    I am now onto Exodus. G will love it too.


    So much things to say. Jamming



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

    DANSO_1888 – yup, seems Petrie is definitely one of the brotherhood. Want’s everyone to stop digging the dirt on the efforts of the SFA to support the survival of RFC (failed) and their reincarnation as The RFC (successful so far).






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

    DD – I just told him – if he is ever feeling down, and I’m not here for a cuddle, get some Bob on – the happiness flows from every note. Lifts your heart listening to him.



    HH pal



  8. Delaneys Dunky on




    My late dad Robert isnae here. Robert Nesta soothes my soul and eases my mind.


    Enjoy the match today



  9. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Team playing out of Ibrox lost yesterday, the champions playing today so, obviously, no stories promoted from BBC Sport Scotland on to the main BBC Football Web page.



    To be fair – maybe they thought there wouldn’t be enough room among the EIGHTEEN articles on the site already.



    Heaven forbid they drop one of



    – Stevenage Manager sacked


    – Romario to run for governed


    – Morocco promise compact games ….. in 2026 !




  10. Delaneys Dunky on 18th March 2018 11:36 am



    Heading to a funeral now will light a candle for your intentions xx




    Hot Smoked on 18th March 2018 11:37 am



    as I said I could be wrong :-))




  11. I see there’s an article on the news pages of this very site under the headline of “WORST IN OVER 100 YEARS, MURTY”. But how can that be, given that the Club’s only existed since 2012.


    Pretty peeved off at that headline if I’m honest. What chance have we got of convincing others.

  12. Gordon64 on 18th March 2018 11:47 am



    Exactly and the good ghuys finally getting what they deserve



    need to consolidate today and don’t give the begrudgers the chance to say we lifted our game because we were playing “them”




  13. bournesouprecipe on 18th March 2018 11:52 am



    I have seen that clip with so many bylines but that is the best yet :-))))





  14. Right time for me too head off to “The Big Tree” then the Columba club in Coatbridge .



    COYBIG 3-1 us .


    Catchyeez ???



    Ps….GFTB a pint on me if your in .

  15. Manager Graeme Murty demands his Rangers players turn Ibrox back into a fortress after Saturday’s loss to Kilmarnock sealed their worst home record for 103 years. (Sunday Mail)



    Whit fortress they lost seven at home already:))






    Ur ye’s still coming:))



    Bourne quality summation this morning..




  16. Jobo Baldie on 18th March 2018 12:18 pm



    Well said



    Catch you all later bhoys








    Saw that too Jobo…..but ,I didn’t want to fall oot with anybody on a Sunday :o)

  18. Back to Basics



    BBC Scotland drops football as soon as Sevco suffer their latest defeat.



    They did an ‘article’ in the week about ‘sectarianism’ and led with ‘offensive’ IRA songs, skipping over the fact they weren’t sectarian.



    Two days later the OBAF act got dropped and they are clearly miffed.



    It’s a bit like singing ‘No Surrender’ whilst you are surrendering a la 2012.

  19. Delaneys Dunky on




    Redemption Song is one of the few songs I can play on the guitar. I sing it better.


    My national anthem.


    Enjoy yer dayoot B.



  20. Jobo


    A wee disclaimer at end of said article.


    “(Okay, we know this is a different club masquerading as an old club, but it still makes an interesting comparison. And there could be more woe to come!)”

  21. Starry,



    103 years….whit….the not so subtle continuation myth is alive and well….ffs




  22. Off at a complete tangent – any recommendation for a cheap, lightweight, decent sound/volume bluetooth speaker – you know, for taking on holiday to hear my iPod oot on the balcony?. The one I’ve got takes up about 20% of my luggage allowance!!