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. BT



    Just poured a wee glass of The Balvennie Double Barrell.






    But still hate those bas*ards.

  2. mike in toronto on

    okay …. for CQN’s dog lovers … there is a story on MSN today about a Molossus puppy … (a relative of the Mastiff) … this pup is 9 months old, is 6 feet tall, and weighs 180 lbs!



    wonder if he plays centre back?

  3. What is the Stars on





    That makes sense. Unfortunately its happened a lot throughout Britain and Europe,the Labour Parties/Socialist Parties have lost their traditional support base to parties of varying hues (many of which would be considered right of centre)


    Not claiming that SNP are right of centre as I genuinely dont know

  4. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    As the father of a teenager we don’t allow them to hate


    We dislike intensely ☘️☘️



    I’m having a small distinction curtousy of our friend the unthank Road



    Heading into tow tomorrow for a Guinness or 2

  5. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Forgiveness is required as I’m on a just losing my house week at Cheltenham


    Feckin bet the wrong Ryan air horses again ??

  6. BT






    I can live with that!



    Heading into Edinburgh tomorrow. Just my good lady and me so strong drink will be taken!

  7. WITS I don’t think you are confused but I will play along.



    The SNP were (and many believe still are ) a hotbed on anti Catholicism. Part of their drive for independence was to take the country back from immigrants (Catholic ones). Sound familiar.



    Since then they have changed tack to give them the illusion of inclusiveness. But you only get in the club if you park your own opinions and morals at the door and toe the party line. Pretending to welcome immigration(as long as it’s non Irish Catholic) and pretending to be left wing whilst pursuing a facist right wing agenda is all a ploy to get independent. After that all gloves are off.



    As for the Huns they are stuck in their monarchy loving stupidity. It’s ironic in that the best thing that could happen for their pathetic racism is for Scotland to go it alone and still have the queen (remember salmond and his queen of scots guff) and then we are a very small minority at their mercy. All of Scotland institutions are racist, the government is racist with facist tendencies. But they are too stuck in their stupidity to deal with it.



    During the referendum at least 3 people equated by stance with being like the orange order just because we voted no for different reasons. That’s the same twisted logic that say James Kelly being accused of supporting sectarianism because he opposed the act.



    It’s the language and beliefs of the facist. It’s childish and moronic.



    And that is a great description of the SNP.

  8. GORDON64



    To my eternal shame I have never tasted Irish whiskey!



    It is now on my bucket list!

  9. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Whilst on a rant can I just say that the lovely big fella that is marspapa is a superb lad and a great perfectionist painter and decorator



    Not because he took this drunken feinian home last week but just because…

  10. Gerryfaethebrig on




    Leave the hatred to them



    Our smiles are their pain



    This happy clapper has ahways smiled when it comes to Celtic, (even in the not so good times) there are far more important things that actually mean you can’t smile…..



    In these good times every Celtic day should be a smiley day :-)

  11. Blantyretim.








    Forgiveness is required as I’m on a just losing my house week at Cheltenham



    Feckin bet the wrong Ryan air horses again ??.




    I had the same problem ie the horses, mind you, I made the mistake of taking all of wits tips today, He canny pick his nose never mind the horses.

  12. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on




    The Balvennie is a lovely drop indeed. Very Nice.



    BT – what time are you heading over to my neck of the woods tomorrow.



    I will be somewhere around possibly in a state of varied inebriation talking gibberish.



    No change from the norm there!




  13. OLDTIM67



    I don’t bet but noted WITS tips and watched it on the telly.



    Hope you are feeling better!

  14. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Heading into town about 1.30, City Centre before heading into West end


    Will text u if and when we make it ☘️☘️☘️☘️☘️

  15. Fermers v Hibs game has descended into a grim affair. Not a great watch, don’t really buy into Hibs being a great team, they are an effective team right enough.

  16. MIKE IN TORONTO , there is only a few dog lovers on here you and i, plus the exiled tim, marspapa ,cowiebhoy, weefra the tim, have i left anybody out. by the way tried to be a go between with weefra and mahe dont know whats happened anybody know?

  17. What is the Stars on



    What confuses me (genuinley) is how one side can beleive that the SNP are a hot bed of anti catholicism the other side beleive them to be a Scottish equivalent of Sinn Fein who detest all things Rangers/Protestant


    /Loyal etc .


    Of course it may just be a small group of online Rangers supporting idiots who hold those views.


    I would agree that the SNP originally had some very anti Irish Catholic views.Do their grandchildren still think the same?

  18. An independent Socialist Scotland would be nice. So get over the first barrier first – and the SNP give the best chance of that in my limited opinion, then vote in those best to run the country.


    If there were to be a UK general election tomorrow I’d likely vote SNP. If we were looking at the first post-independence election I’d likely be voting Labour. I think.

  19. Philbhoy and BRTH


    My missus loves her whiskey.


    She had a Balvenie 12 yr old miniature and Walkers shortbread on the table for every guest at our wedding.


    In our drinks cabinet at home she has a bottle of GlenDronach 21yo,Lagavulin 16yo and Aberlour 15yo.


    I know nothing about whiskey but she loves a glass in the evening and swears they have magical properties.

  20. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on

    BT Noted.



    I will upstairs in the loft, down below in the Dome, with Gaybo and all the girls in the pretty polly tights as the song says.



    I am watching the egg chasing with some pals from lunchtime onwards.



    The Songs of Ireland is very enjoyable.



    I might wash the tunes down with a nip of one of ACGR’s (God Bless him and keep him out of harms way and may be he be the father of a Bishop) special tinctures!




  21. I began a long running correspondence with James Kelly MSP after the kettling incident in the Gallowgate. It was a step too far. I’d advised young fans at Celtic Park about police tactics and disappointingly observed Celtic officials-you know who you are- assist over exuberant constables pursue the flawed Act.



    Thankfully for many this was a wake up call as ghosts of Janefield Street past were rekindled. Doc and the Bhoys at George Square was brilliant but the letters, e mails and continuous pressure succeeded in the end.



    Well done to all involved. Heart felt sympathy for those with banning orders and criminal convictions. Many of us now are movie stars due to the hours of footage of football fans at football games-What happens with that?



    I fell out with Scottish Labour due to Iraq but men like James Kelly could restore this shambles of a party; I’ll wait and see.



    Celtic are not sectarian-stop linking us with bigots.




  22. mike in toronto on

    Big Packy … the number of dog fans on CQN has dwindled for sure … but, then again, some days it doesn’t seem like there are many people on here at all.



    I try to avoid fighting with people on here … life is too short …. I fight when I get paid to fight … and, honestly, I dont really care enough about the football anymore to fight about it …. (although I still hate the zombies … I know .. I know)

  23. Philbhoy



    Im a whisky drinker . Jameson is triple distilled, it’s lovely. The only triple distilled Malt is Auchentoshah a far as I know.



    My own favourite malt is Glenfarclas.

  24. FAN-A-TIC



    If things don’t work out with you and your mrs mibbe you could give me her phone number!



    She sounds a real gem!




  25. Blantyretim.



    I was going to very busy today and I didn’t want to spend a couple of hours studying the form, so I done Wits 6 horses,I think he work for the bookies.

  26. Brogan Rogan Trevino and Hogan on




    I have not always been a regular whisky drinker and still ain’t.



    For many years my preferred tiple was Armagnac (not cognac) although I will take a gin of anyone.



    However, I have always liked the odd whisky especially the speyside ones and in recent years i have become more of a fan on a regular basis.



    Mind you, I will also drink Old Tim’s wine and the odd beer of choice.



    A bar is a broad church!

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