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. Ray Winstone's Big Disembodied Heid on

    I think Murts meant to say he wanted to turn The Pit of Misery into a Fort, as in The Fort Shopping Centre.

  2. Eldest Grandson away to his first away game with his Da today,


    He looked resplendent in his colours as he left.

  3. Danso 1888.



    Is Petrie another buried body?




    Well according to JJ, and it is a matter of record, Petrie did chair the Licensing Commitee that approved Rangers application for a UEFA licence in 2011 a matter under investigation by the SFA Compliance Officer….

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

    Yes – the Murty / 100 years headline – and the content of the article – is an absolute disgrace. It shames this blog – whoever wrote it is clearly bought into the survival myth.



    Shocked it made it on to CQN – very much a low point.



    However – nobody’s hurt, so I’m away back to listen to some cheery Blackberry Smoke tunes to recover :-)))



    DD – you’ll like this video :-)








  5. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Marspapa 12.22pm



    Just back from dropping MissGFTB at ma sisters, that is a very tempting offer of a pint in the Columba Club, I am topping up the water in the stewed sausages for our steak pie dinner today, if I can sneak out around 2.15pm I would love to buy you a refreshment in return :-) will you be in attendance with Lennybhoy ? The office is always a giveaway :-) Dark fruits on draft in the Whifflet is always a good thing

  6. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Leftclicktic 12.35pm



    Fir Park is nearly a home game for all you Mossend Bhoys :-)



    Hope the grandson enjoys his day

  7. Danso 1888



    Googled Sunday Mail and there is a story there. Looks like Petrie tried to block it but was unsuccessful. Small extract from SM article says:



    SFA vice president Petrie stood to be the biggest 
beneficiary of that scenario, having lost his power base alongside president Alan McRae with his failed bid to keep Regan in a job and their disastrous management of the recruitment process to replace Gordon Strachan.



    You can see perhaps why Petrie wanted to keep Regan in a job if dots are joined.



    Pity SM/DR don’t dig deeper and pull at a thread that would unravel the LNS jersey.

  8. Bain Hendry Ajer Boyata McGregor – Brown Ntcham – Forrest Rogic Edouard – Dembele


    Rumoured team

  9. Interesting and alarming front page story from today’s Sunday Times. Not a surprise to us on here…..




    – Catholics in Scotland are the biggest target of hate crime



    John Boothman



    March 18 2018, 12:01am, The Sunday Times



    Roman Catholics need more protection to combat a rise in hate crime in Scotland, says Scottish Labour’s inequality spokeswoman, after figures showed they are targeted more than all other religious groups combined.



    MSP Elaine Smith called for anti-Catholicism to be given the same prominence as that given to Islamophobia and anti-semitism, echoing concerns with the Catholic Church.



    The most recent government report on religiously aggravated offending in Scotland showed that 57% of all reported offences were directed at Catholics, and that there had been a 14% rise in offences. Catholics represent 16% of the population north of the border.



    The Catholic Church believes the adoption of a one-size-fits-all approach to religious hate crime is not working, and that individual policies must be devised to target hate crimes against specific religions.



    Smith backed that approach, saying: “The first thing the government should do is look in more detail at what are the underlying causes and attitudes behind anti-Catholicism in Scotland. The government needs to go out to the Catholic population and listen to their concerns.



    “Issues relating to Islamophobia and anti-semitism are given prominence, and rightly so, but the issue of anti-Catholicism needs a prominence it does not have.”



    Catholic Church leaders believe that anti-Catholicism is a product of the Reformation parliament of 1560 and its condemnation of Catholic doctrine and worship.



    Peter Kearney, director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office, said: “No other religion or belief has ever been so proscribed in Scotland, and the legacy of this continues to the present day.



    “The church wants the Scottish government to issue a retrospective apology in order to build, repair and renew bonds between communities harmed by historical wrongdoing.”



    In November it was reported that the volume of anti-Catholic graffiti daubed around Glasgow had more than doubled in the past year. A total of 188 complaints of sectarian graffiti targeting Catholics were logged.

  10. Petrie’s efforts to be next President are all that he’s interested in, ably supported by ex Oldco ST holder Dempster, remember Hibs said move on ,re investigation into the Huns.

  11. DD



    You had me and others worried looking for you.



    Two Nesta tunes for you my Fhriend.



    I know a place


    I know



    Similar titles, different songs, both phenomenally uplifting in their own ways.



    Love you big stuff.




  12. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Leftclicktic 12.49pm



    Excellent, best way to be :-)



    Hope he has a cracking day

  13. david murray has alot to answer for via coruption although it was ripe for this via the bigots in power

  14. Jamesgang,



    That is awesome….playing for the joy of playing, not trophies….well that sums up my rugby playing daze ;-))




  15. BSR – Thanks for that. Was looking at some similar sites yesterday but always good to hear personal recommendations. Which no doubt I won’t ;-).


    Next holiday not till June so maybe I’ll just ask first thing every morning….


    I won’t ;-)

  16. nicola (my eldest) asked me to post the picture of the wee hooped boxer last night (her wee pup) told her it was posted and getting admired by MIT. she then tells me ‘dad i’m searching for my new glasses’


    ‘while your looking hon, see if you can find a title race?’ her response was to burst out crying


    ‘those glasses cost me over £100 and i cant drive without them’. now the merits of her driving with or without specs, is open to conjecture so i diverted and added ‘ nic, all those good people paid way way over £100 for a season ticket at ibrokes do you hear them crying when the title race is lost?’ she then started laughing


    this morning nicola phoned me ‘hi dad, found my glasses’


    ‘good says I and glad i cheered you up’…’ yes dad you certainly did… season ticket, ibrokes and good people, in the one sentence. when do you want me over with the care home brochures?’ I HUNG UP!!!!!

  17. Right time to get down to Fir Park, ticket secured from good ghuy lurker, CD. Cheers!


    First 5K in 7 weeks this morning also. Three points today and some nice steak pie for dinner will make me a happy Bhoy. Hail ! Hail!

  18. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Jmccormick 12.59pm



    Enjoy the game, am a bit shocked that we will be having the same Sunday dinner, your grub is usually far more interesting than steak pie :-)

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

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Bain; Hendry, Ajer, Boyata, McGregor; Ntcham, Brown; Forrest, Rogic, Edouard; Dembele



    Subs: De Vries, Roberts, Sinclair, Armstrong, Lustig, Compper, Musonda

  20. kevinlasvegas on

    4-2-3-1) Bain; Hendry, Ajer, Boyata, McGregor; Ntcham, Brown; Forrest, Rogic, Edouard; Dembele


    Subs: De Vries, Roberts, Sinclair, Armstrong, Lustig, Compper, Musonda

  21. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Only a fool would make predictions



    I predict big Boyata won’t put a foot wrong today, last Sunday was just lack of match sharpness



    Odsonne & Moussa start, like the loook of that team, although any Celtic line up looks good to me :-)

  22. THELURKINTIM on 18TH MARCH 2018 12:57 PM





    That is awesome….playing for the joy of playing, not trophies….well that sums up my rugby playing daze ;-))









  23. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Just got a wee heads fae MacBookie “Dembelle looking to score for a fourth game @ row” 6/5 to score anytime in the match



    KLV good to see you posting :-)

  24. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on




    I was out on the skite all day yesterday and I got talking to a big blonde who used to go to school with you!



    Many a tale she told me too, but I will save them for the right moment!



    She said to say that she was asking after you and that she used to be afraid of yer da!!







  25. There ARE sane Sevconuts after all!



    Just dropped by Rangers Media for a wee laugh/browse when I saw this post:



    “Roberto Martinex – Rumours that we have approached him. No, honest”



    Then sanity puts in an appearance from another Bear:


    “I’m sure he’s looking at De Bruyne and Hazard and thinking, if only I were working with Josh Windass.