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. Day2 of my wonderful wifes 40th celebrations…



    one mor tim night tomorrow evening and if possible a righr good


    night with the bhoys on Sunday…



    Mrs BT you are a doll…


    and a saint for putting up mith me…

  2. Moonbeams


    Sound pal.




    Me and VP hoping to have a good day on Sunday.



  3. HIvtae Run…



    Good Night Scotland


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    Good Night.. Curly Ferguson.. wherever You are.





    Still Laughin’… Sure, Dukes.. Ah am!

  4. TET,prefer the version i posted at top of page,goosebumps


    every time at the election announcement

  5. tarrant on 31 March, 2012 at 00:44 said:



    I’ll probably be castigated, skewered and deboweled for this this but your post is why I only have one hun mate. Even the ‘mild’ ones have an intrinsic lack of understanding, it defies logic.



    I’d rather talk to Tom Cruise and the psycho-oligists :-)

  6. G64 wonderfulll.. o))



    MWD no way thai tims that weekend no way we would play the orcs…

  7. Philvisreturns IVO


    Is a lefty trying to stir it up …..


    Hey wait mibbee it’s because I want him to be a lefty because it wid fit with my round peg in a round hole view of life.




    The ONLY question Phil has to answer in the Vmhans opinion is ……


    Whit team does Phil support? I already ken the answer :>)


    onwards to victory!



  8. Now wouldn’t it be nice that if the shredding officer (possibly the hardest working employee on the books) had made & kept a discretionary copy of every single document and that they somehow managed to turn up on a rubbish tip somewhere and accidentally be discovered by a C4 journo….

  9. Moonbeams


    Where are you meeting ?


    You know VP and me are creatures of habit


    and will be in our second home.


    The Vogue Bar Rutherglen.

  10. ham’tim



    I know. I can’t be arsed wiht them to be honest, but they’re her family so what do you do. I could’ve predicted the conversation. Of course, none of them wopld watch C4, and if they did they wouldn’t believe it.



    I don;t actually care how they feel or how confused they are when the temple crashes…as long as it crashes.

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    The ONLY question Phil has to answer in the Vmhans opinion is ……


    Whit team does Phil support? I already ken the answer :>)


    onwards to victory!

  13. philvisreturns on

    Kojo – I find it difficult to disagree with your thoughtful post at 00:44



    Thank God the United States of America is still a beacon of liberty in this weary world:



    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1x8kMvitM4 (thumbsup)



    Moonbeams WD – Why you still wearing slip-ons then?



    It’s called Italian style, my friend. (thumbsup)



    petec – Most people on the Left and Right of politics want broadly the same things out of life, for themselves and others. The bitterness comes in when people convince themselves that those who disagree with their view of the world must be stupid or evil. (thumbsup)

  14. TET


    How are you mi amigo ?


    At the start of the season all i wanted was to be Champions.


    The reality is now upon us.


    And whenever it happens we shall party.

  15. knoxy


    I love how you come on here and ask people to join and put money to charaties when your son Oscar is going through this…



    I really do hold you up as the greatest man on CQN… god bless you..



    even though I know you are not religous..


    you are my hero mate…god bless


    I think about Oscar daily….

  16. Everything’s Ruined



    I am going to dance on their grave.



    This week I have been emailed or had posted on my FB page all manner of snidey comments about the game on Sunday, or the league cup, and NLs treatment by the SFA – I make an effort not to inflict my football on my FB friends, some of whom are small-h huns, some of whom don’t care…but do I get that tolerance in return?Nah it’;s only banter.



    Revenge, sweet, cold.