The unfortunate shredding of documents


The report on Rangers on tonight’s Channel 4 News by Alex Thomson put meat on the bones of what has been going on at Rangers over the last decade or more.  Former chief executive, Martin Bain, was revealed to have written to then-chairman, John McClelland, in late 2003 asking that his pay rise is paid through the club’s Employee Benefit Trust, which is not subject to Income Tax or National Insurance.

Bain goes on to make a sinister note to McClelland, “at the end of the meeting I gave her back the letter addressed to me from you that stated my contractual increase for her to shred.”

Shredding documents?  Oh dear.

Bain declined to answer questions from Channel 4 but yesterday offered to drop his contractual claim against the club, suggesting his issue was with Rangers new owner, Craig Whyte.  It was the most self-serving drivel I have read in a while.

If this was how he behaved as Rangers chief executive Whyte was right to suspend him last year.  How Bain had the front to pursue Rangers for over £1m knowing the consequences of his letters to John McClelland beggars belief.

I wonder how HMRC view instructions to shred documents that could inform a view on a tax claim?  These documents prove Rangers directors knew how EBTs worked, understood what they were doing and the consequences.

Paul Baxendale-Walker walked straight out of a Carry On movie to give a great cameo performance. In a couple of years some poor casting director is going to have to try to find actors to play Baxendale-Walker, Whyte, Bain, Paul Murray and Zsa Zsa himself. Could any actors do justice to these bizarre individuals?

I’d be interested in your suggestions. Zsa Zsa for Sir David is a given.

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  1. James Forrest, got a sight of the magazine tonight and am just about to sign up.


    Quality shining through. Be proud of your achievements as others are proud of yours. I would hope to be able to contribute more than my coin in the comings months and will endeavour to do so.



    Health to you sir!




  2. All the main parties are proving that they are just controlled by the money men.



    I respect all people who have strong political opinions on both the left and right but they are both still controlled more than ever before. IMO.



    I was also encouraged to see George win the Bradford seat because he is not controllable.

  3. James F



    I found Cairde na hEireann’s response disappointing if predictable. As expected the focus was on anti Irish racism, which although prevalent and abhorrent, is only part of the reason for these bigots actions.



    They only hate one aspect of Irish culture and that’s the part linked to Catholicism. They have affinity with Unionism and Loyalism which they identify with a different aspect of Irish/British culture.

  4. right, last one….



    Big House Gurner – Fred Elliot



    “I say, I say….. we are the people!”





  5. Thoughts with Stan Petrov and his family tonight. Just like Lenny he is a fighter and that strength of spirit will serve him well in this fight.







  6. The article has the legal eagle stuff in it that will eventually bury Rankers. I posted the following earlier,but I find myself still feeling VERY strongly about it all. And again,God bless Stilyan Petrov.





    I don’t recall ANY of the Scottish succulent lamb brigade putting together such a damning indictement of Rankers as Alex Thomson did in 5 minutes tonight.


    Yes,I want ‘them’ dead & gone,buried,incognito,forgotten…..not in a footballing sense- they’ve never played football anyway,just ‘murderball–but because they have long been a fascist criminal organisation. Well,they can no longer claim The Nuremberg Defence,and they should not have threatened A.T. They may get away with that kind of guff on their own turf,i.e. parts of Scotland.


    These days Rankers represent the worst of the Loyalist tendency. They have spread their bigoted Shankhill Butcher ethos to a whole new generation of Orange illiterates in Scotland,where they think they have fertile ground to perpetuate their thuggery.


    It’s evident in every aspect of Rankers,from the boardroom to their ill-educated shock troops–their twisted version of fans.


    And,like many of us,I won’t be content until I can look upon their remains and feel safe that they won’t rise again.

  7. Enrico Dandolo nicked my Crusade on

    Thought for the night:


    Heard a finance guy being interviewed about the last Greece bailout/deal. His company had invested heavily in Greece bonds and were set to loose a lot on them. He was asked how it had been worth their while buying them. He said they bought the bonds and then short sold them to the banks (or something like that – no idea what it meant) and make a fortune off them, which offsets the later loss and makes a modest profit.


    Isn’t that, if not illegal, highly immoral asked the interviewer. May be, says the dude, but, it only works because the banks are run by a bunch of incompetent idiots and all we are doing is taking advantage of them being stupid.


    What’s the difference between that and Craig Whyte buying rangers?



    And good night :)




  8. ABZMike on 30 March, 2012 at 23:58 said:



    Art – this is pretty much a transcript….




    Thank you for that ABZ – absolute dynamite. I heard that it was gonna be reported but have been let down in the past. That however is knockout.



    Thanks again.




  9. Marrakesh Express on

    Just thinking about something today. Which football club is the most infamous in Europe? I know we’ll all jump in with the obvious answer, but do they fit the bill?


    Its hard to be totally objective when talking about your No.1 enemy, so I’d like to approach it a different way. Any debates/arguments I’ve had in the past with huns (in work), usually ended up heated, with much bawling and shouting. So a few years ago I decided to take a more pragmatic approach when these situations arose. I asked the hun I was engaged with to trade fact for fact, with less emphasis on just opinion, which is the main cause of a friendly disagreement developing into a war of words. So on that basis, I’d like to put some facts about the hun in regards to the clubs standing in, lets call it the ‘European hall of Shame’.



    Rangers FC:


    Reputation; Known throughout the world as being the quitessential Scottish Protestant club with a huge following and a haul of 54 leagues (currently under scrutiny). Famous for adopting an open sectarian signing policy for over 100 years. An anti-Catholic institution. Vigorously loyal to the British Crown, Ulster Unionism and strongly opposed to Irish Republicanism.



    Fans; Making local, National and World news headlines for Sectarian and Racist behaviour and chanting. Involved in full scale riots and crowd disturbances over a 50 year period, ranging from Wolverhampton in 1961, Newcastle 69, Barcelona 72, Manchester 74, Birmingham 76, Chesterfield 80, Hampden 80, Tranmere 98, Manchester 2008. RFC were given three UEFA warnings before being served with two fines, for fan behaviour and the singing of banned offensive songs at Pamplona, Villareal, Bucharest and Eindhoven. The club had previously been banned from defending their ECWC crown after serious crowd trouble in Barcelona 72 (2 years reduced to 1). The list goes on and includes Nazi salutes in Tel Aviv and the defacing of Catholic statues in Barcelona (they must be popular there!).



    The recent financial scandal engulfing the club has possibly made bigger headlines than anything before. They sit in administration with at least 5 charges against them. The severest outcome of these charges would see RFC found guilty of tax evasion and using illegal contracts, with a tax bill of around £50 million, and the stripping of trophies won during the period. The culmination of this verdict would have grave conseqences for the national game in Scotland, therefore affecting other innocent football clubs.



    I’ve just stated some facts in the three sections, not my opinions. I defy any fan of RFC to dispute any of them. When you put the whole package together, it makes for grim reading. Its a damning indictment of the club. They sing the line ‘there’s not a team like the Glasgow Rangers’. How true these words are.



    Sure, there are many clubs in Europe with ‘form’. Bans have been dished out to the likes of Feyenoord, Lazio and Red Star and there have been high profile cases of racism and crowd violence in Madrid and Istanbul for example.


    But when it comes to the track record and overall reputation of Rangers FC, I dont think they can be beaten. Now that is an opinion.




  10. James Forrest



    I feel your pain hermano, but what are we to do ?



    Personally, I’m for handing in the notice, and if any right thinking Tim thinks about it, it’s for the best, we can’t win, we can fight them but we can’t win.


    We are fair game, we always have been and always will be.


    There is no chance of help from 60 million queenie loving brits either, what are we to do ?


    I say resign, but, I hear you all cry where do we go ?


    I would rather we died with dignity than contribute to their sham of a game, it’s gone beyond sport now, it has been gone for long enough, we are now realising that, well the general public are now realising that we have been cheated since it all began, but they care not, we are from Irish decent, and Catholic to boot, well we are expendable and always will be.



    Choices, choices, stick or twist, decision time for the club.



    They have to make the right choice James, or it’s over, and I bet they are sweating about it.

  11. philvis



    Having read your posts relating to economics I wouldn’t dare to question your understanding of fiscal policy, frankly you would tie me in knots.



    However over years of reading and living through various Tory policy I will never be able to equate that with the compassion and understanding of Catholicism with the ideals of Thatcher, Haig and Cameron. It’s anathema to me.

  12. Paul Baxendale-Walker – Steve Buscemi.


    Paul Murray – Alan Rickman.


    Sir Minty – Woody Allen.


    Martin Bain – Ben Kingsley.


    Sally mcmoist – Murun Buchstansangur .

  13. Posted this earlier and believe if it gets just 1 of you to register then it’s worthwhile.



    My heart goes out to Stan and his family. Devastating news for them.



    Bhoys & Ghirls



    If you haven’t already surely today’s news may spur one or 2 of you into registering with the Anthony Nolan Trust.






    I have been on the register since 1997. Once registered you will be sent a kit from The Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust requesting you make an appt. with your Doctor’s practice nurse who will use the kit to take a blood sample that will be sent off to The Anthony Nolan Trust. If you are ever found to be a possible match for someone a further kit will be sent out to be taken by nurse and sent back again. From there who knows? You could be saving someone’s life. Maybe even Stan’s.



    So come on ghuys and ghals. Get registering.




  14. philvisreturns on

    Gordon64 – For a tory you have good taste in music.



    Ha! I’ve been accused of many things, but that’s the first time I’ve ever been accused of having a good taste in music.



    Love the Paolo Nutini video by the way. (thumbsup)



    BABASONICOS71 – Flavor Flav has nothing on this guy:



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4o8TeqKhgY (thumbsup)

  15. Philvisreturns : although we are at opposite ends if the political spectrum,I quite enjoy some of your non-pol witty posts. You are obviously a well read kinda human so I must ask,”Are you Adam Smith in disguise?”. And if you are,can you take that horrible anachrionistic throwback from the 18th. Century,where you also live,and kick his head in for me? I thank you in advance. (thumbsup…to coin a term.) lol & HH!

  16. Excellent stuff James F.



    Right from the very beginning when it was revealed the media had been ‘asked’ to sit on the fact that bombs were being sent to Lenny, P. McBride, Trish Godman and Friends of Ireland, it was clear things were not being handled as one might expect in this day and age.


    How they have managed to play down every single aspect of these crimes and come to the inevitable conclusion of “Assault by bomb” is pretty remarkable when you think about it. Then again.




  17. Marrakesh Express on 31 March, 2012 at 00:14 said:


    Aye….and it’s an opinion widely shared.

  18. Anyone spotted Jabba recently?



    Strange that at a time when his beloved Minty is coming under fire and he’s gone after Celtic about tickets that suddenly he goes quiet…

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