Comment on Accountability, Transparency, & Brave Sir Robin by coineanachantaighe.
tonyOctober 7, 2016 at 17:31
It has already happened though not with TRFC. Some years ago Inverness were promoted despite not having a 10,000 seater ground (as was the rule at that time – other clubs had previously been knocked back over this) and dcelaring they had no intention to build one in time for the following season.
Despite protestations from PTFC who were poor that season and came bottom (and two separate votes – one deciding not to promote Inverness and then a re-run to get the “right” result) they relegated the Glasgow Thistle team and promoted the Inverness one, meaning the rule was changed mid-season (or ignored).
I should add as a still-miffed-about-it PTFC supporter that the season we got promoted a couple of years’ previous, we applied for a time extension for the building of a new stand (which was well underway and would take us up to 10000) – with the delay we would still get it built before the new season but doing it earlier would cost us a lot in overtime. The SPL refused to budge and forced us to pay the extra money even though we would have had it in place for the new season even with a delay.
I believe it was a response to a MSM campaign regarding the “fairy tale” of Inverness. Don’t get me wrong:Inverness were worthy winners of their league and we were rubbish, desrvedly bottom of ours but the point is the rule in place was ignored for whatever reason.
JIMBODECEMBER 19, 2017 at 16:17
Thing is, some folk – in fact many – can be smart and talented in one field but quite dumb when it comes to other fields. Even university professors. It’s all about what you bother to learn about and how you apply what you learn (and it can be affected by laziness, arrogance, prejudice and so on).
These folk get the attitude that because they know a lot about one thing they have an attitude that their expertise automatically transfers into other spheres of which they know very little. Of course Lambert knows about football – about playing it and coaching, but he doesn’t know anything about what been going on in Scottish football these last couple of decades and no doubt has given no more than a very superficial effort into trying to find out.
Who Is Conning Whom?
Just had a quick browse through sheepish fan forums. Seems a general inclination to back McInnes. Also seems that statement from Rangers will have been very helpful to McInnes in getting continued backing from AFC fans.
BAD CAPT MADMANDECEMBER 6, 2017 at 01:44
While I think you may be right about this, the question is how do you prove it and who will pursue it even if some proof is found
The Football authorities will be unwilling and the thing is Rangers have always been able to “tap” people they want without using the usual under the table methods. They have the whole SMSM to do that for them.
My own feeling is while McInnes may have been a wished for target they may have already decided they can’t afford him, however the process has undermined a key opponent. An official approach (one in which apparently they were unwilling to upfront the money as required) can be seen as them justifying what they did retrospectively.
They may even believe there’s an outside chance with the SMSM help they can force Aberdeen to drop their demand for all the money upfront and that McInnes will jump ship. But their main object will already have been achieved regardless.
Who Is Conning Whom?
Could this refusal by Aberdeen be not down to annoyance at TRanger’s unsettling their manager but due to TRangers’ being unwilling to show evidence of of ability/willingness to pay the compensation due. (E.g. put all or large part of money due into 3rd party account??)
Enough is enough
@ JOHN CLARKNOVEMBER 8, 2017 at 11:22
I must really add that while what you are saying is absolutely true your particular emphasis seems to suggest that the BBC is reliable outside of football reporting. I may be quite mistaken, if so apologies. But I think it’s worth saying here that the BBC (and other media outlets) are very much establishment biased and not just in sport.
For instance there’s a bit of a rammy just about tax evaders in the MSM but this will pass quickly and the media will move on to other things. On the other hand every week for years not only do you regularly see stuff about benefit cheats there are whole TV programs appearing about them creating the impression it is a massive problem when in fact the figure estimated by government for this is about 2% of those claiming benefits – and in fact many for various reasons don’t get benefits they are honestly due.
Now if the papers had been filled every day for years with articles criticising tax dodgers and there was a weekly TV program on folk dodging tax I bet government might feel pressure to do more about it. However the MSM know they can get away with brief attacks on the powerful creating the impression of even handedness when over a longer period they are anything but.
I’d better stop here as I’m wandering way off-topic.
Apologies if I bored some of you. But to try to tie it to on-topic, don’t just think the pro-Ibrox bias is a purely a football thing, it’s part of a more general attitude in the MSM.
BTW JohnJames site has …well … a rant on this. Has a real go at the BBC.