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. philvisreturns on

    hamiltontim – I hope we will have many more discussions on this subject.



    Please forgive me though, at this hour on a Friday night / Saturday morning even my stylish Milton Friedman T-shirt, recommended by another excellent CQN’er, is insufficient inspiration to help me continue discussing politics to the level of detail and perspicacity your observations deserve.



    I do like this song though:



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqXAW2snGMI (thumbsup)

  2. knoxy2000 eating Jelly and Ice Cream and supporting Neil Lennon on 30 March, 2012 at 22:56




    I read your blog the other day. After reading it I didn’t feel bad about the game on Sunday. It reminded me of how I used to feel as a teenager when I used to go and see my baby brother in several Glasgow hospitals many years ago. I’ve not spoken to the eejit heid for ages so I’m going to phone him tomorrow to catch up with him.



    God Bless Wee Oscar. Take care.

  3. HT – Philvis gets it but doesn’t want to know.


    I can’t understand his societal take on things. But then he is a Maggie lover!



    Philvis is OK = quality.


    Society going down the pan and Philvis still doing OK = quality.



    He doesn’t care about social issues as it does not impact on him. Seems to have made his money and damns the rest. I do not believe that he supports (allegedly) my club and can have this attitude.



    Philvis – hope the first ghost arrives well before Christmas.




  4. Moonbeams WD. Kano 1000 \o/ Supporting Neil Lennon 100%. Eating Jelly & Ice Cream. Awe Naw… on 31 March, 2012 at 00:18 said:



    Great post MWD! I have been meaning to sign up for a while, but im going to do it now.



    Is anyone else prepared to do so?



    I hope we are all on the organ donor register too??? No point in your organs going to waste when you die, when they could save the life of a little child, or a young mother or father somewhere!!! It costs you NOTHING and you will feel NO PAIN.



    And just think of the joy it could bring to someones life.

  5. Is there more to come; is there lots more to come; is there bucket loads to come; is there too much for huns to take, to come? Are there bits and pieces from other issues to come?



    btw cheers for the heads up. ;-)

  6. Fred C. Dobbs, 00:28


    It’s true and I share your frustration which is why I rarely post (except during the games) but for once I personally, did know something of value. I’m just glad it made it to the public arena.

  7. OG my earlier post was meant for you but it doesn’t need an answer, however do you know how determined AT is to see this to conclusion?

  8. My dear,dear,dear,friend.. Philvis




    Hiya, palomine?



    Kid.. In Ma opinion.. ye Are oan the Right Track… as faur as Ah kin interpret yer


    stated views.. …oan how tae Best Wan kin Succeed in achieving everyman’s dream o’… o’ living an unfettered Life, o’ Liberty, Wealth… and the Pursuit o’ Happiness..






    Wan thing is clear..



    As long as ye Espouse a Predilection… tae lend AN interested ear…taethe “RAVINGS and Sham Promises”







    In your case.. the Conservative Party..



    Ye wull keep oan . keepin oan..



    Spinnin’ yer Wheels..









    There is no a Dime’s Worth of Difference, between ANY of the Political Parties..



    The Labour Party of Today..is no longer Composed of the Bunnet and Cheese Pieces Kerryin’ .. Ex. Miners… or the Wide Eyed Political Firebrands..such as.. “Oor Nye” wiz.


    of Bygone days..



    Fur….. Today..



    The Labour Party, has Grown Up… and is now..Full of


    Ex Public School boys.. Gentlemen, of independent Means.. Millionaires.. And, dare Ah say.. Ach ah wull..


    TOFFY Nosed.. well.. TOFFS!


    Guys who widnae know wit end of A Shovel.. did the Work.



    It no longer.. Represents the Politics , oan which it wiz founded.



    The Conservative Party,is at least , more or less Unchanged in it’s political out look..



    and that outlook is:



    Tae stand By and watch the Labour Party, get itsel..and .. THE COUNTRY..


    intae an awfy Fankle.. which it Inevitably diz..because of it’s wild And Unsuccessful Cockamamie Schemes.. which always.. dinnae woik ..




    Step in.. at the Next Election.. and


    Assume Power.






    Kerry oan… making the same mistakes as the Socialists did.. and.. predictably.. get.. Tossed oot.. wance the Electorate, realize that..



    “Heck.. This Mob is no any Bettah!”


    And that Same Electorate.. WHO NEVER seem tae Learn..



    Turns aroon.. and Brings back the Ersatz Labourites.. wance mair.. in order tae Straighten oot the Tory Mess.. which.. really. wiz jist a CONTINUATION… o’ the Labour Mess, which the hid Inherited..



    And So it goes!



    Roon and Roon the Mulberry Bush!



    Spinning the Wheels.



    Pal.. You are a bright young Man..



    soon.. ye wulll realize the Politics is Smoliticks.. no maitter.


    Whit it says oan thur Banners..



    All Politicians are jist OOT Fur the FINANCIAL betterment o


    Themsels… and . don’t furget.. Thur Families.. as weel.



    Wise Up ,kid..



    Eschew..all political affiliations.. and


    Turn tae the only system that benefits..



    YOU and Yer Family..





    That is ..


    Become a Dyed in the wool Capitalist.. and


    Look after..



    Number Wan. fur that is whith the Politicians are daeing. so



    Why no be like that.. as weel?



    Maks Sense Tae Me.





    Yer pal.. who likes ye aloater.



    Still , Laughin’.. of Course!

  9. Evening all!



    Tough night – took me half an hour to log in, password and email grief.



    Spent most of the evening with hun inlaws.



    Brief summary: we’ll be ok…



    Brian Kennedy was a PR seeker but will give his money to Paul Murray


    Paul Murray’s ok,. he;s a good guy


    If Paul Murray can;t do it then the Americans will


    Craig Whyte will sell Ibrox at a good price because if he doesn’t hsi life won’t be worth living


    Nobody will give that ct a penny and he’ll have to give back what isn’t his


    We totally hate Neil Lennon


    Even my wife hates him and she knows nothing about football


    I have friends who are Catholic

  10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQYJRw4R4-Q&feature=related



    philvis, I reckon you are a compassionate person, most definitely.



    If the ideal circumstances were laid out all political ideas would probably work. We are are always dealing with circumstances that are going against the populace and being brutally honest, what sounds good can be deceptively bad.



    Mistrust of either side is never a good thing and keeps the populace divided and controlled, it’s never going to change because it won’t be allowed to.



    philvis is definitely right however, there are many people on the right side of the political spectrum who are Good Christian people who want as many people as possible to prosper.

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