Armageddon? What Armageddon?


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“The torch of corporate malfeasance…”

Hat tip to you for a turn of phrase that captures precisely the reasons for the demise of the reputation of football governance here and abroad. Not just football come to think of it but almost all governance bodies seem to be similarly afflicted by a failure to do the right thing in the name of the many rather than the few.

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Armageddon? What Armageddon?
Just googled it with no little trepidation… It appears the official match ball of the 2014 World Cup has its own twitter account @brazuca

Must be a very special ball…

And Saints score – game on

Armageddon? What Armageddon?

I think he’s mebbe found his level…

Apologies for ‘woeful’ dig – couldn’t resist it! Do remember turning up that day expecting a hounding and was most pleased and surprised at the Dons decision not to defend.

Armageddon? What Armageddon?
Good to see so many anticipating a great day out at this afternoon’s Scottish Cup final.

I’m reminded of my last final in 2008 when my ‘other’ team QoS narrowly lost out to the predecessors of the team soon to play at a place called ‘rightful’.

I’d seen Queens win a cracking quarter final against Dundee then edge out a particularly woeful Aberdeen in a seven goal thriller of a semi final.

The dream ending wasn’t to be though as the ex-rightfuls held out.

Still it was an honour and privilege to see Queens get so close and play in a national final. Generations of fans before me had never been so lucky and who knows if it’ll happen again?

Wind forward a few short years and the deathbed revelations of financial shenanigans, tax-dodging and unquestionable sporting advantage start to gain traction. Alongside the news comes the realisation of just what Queens were up against that sunny day in May six years ago.

Had I known then what I know now re the SFA-condoned financial doping that advantaged the ex-rightfuls I doubt I would have felt so sanguine at the final whistle.

Needless to say I’ve attended no Scottish Cup ties or Scotland games since it became clear how much the SFA had aided and abetted the wrongdoers. I seriously doubt I ever will.

Good luck to both teams and sets of fans today – I hope its a cracker and you enjoy your day. I hope too that the memories shine and don’t become tarnished by revelations and the passing of time.

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Why We Need to Change
Danish Pastry on July 13, 2015 at 11:26 pm

‘Could be why he’s leaving the BBC. Not sure integrity is their thing. I could see him in politics”


Brilliant Danish! Who says satire is dead?!

Eddiegoldtop on July 8, 2015 at 11:25 am

Yep – forgot about the Supreme Court as next stage. Legal folks will correct I’m sure but think this level (UTT) or Supreme Court both count for case law.

valentinesclown on July 8, 2015 at 9:38 am

I also recall from early days some speculation that HMRC wanted the decision made at the highest court possible to establish case law precedent. Suspect this might be a court one step further than anticipated.

Wishful thinking might also be clouding my recollections!

Why We Need to Change
neepheid on July 8, 2015 at 8:53 am

You ask:

“But why are the press doing this? It does seem somewhat bizarre, unless all the journalists, and their editors, are really “Rangers men”. That surely cannot be the case- can it?”

Probably not is the short answer, for a longer response read on…

For me the media approach has served to highlight the systemic canker that the reach of the Scottish Financial Establishment has engrained within corporate Scotland.

Almost all news media, including much of the new ‘alternative’ media exists on a commercial basis. It’s sole purpose is to provide a return for owners and investors.

And there’s nothing inherently wrong with that providing we remember it and recognise there is always an agenda in play that serves the financiers rather than the ‘greater good’.

While critical scrutiny of SDM, his bankers and all that followed has been scarce from the BBC (more on them in a minute) it has been all but non-existent from the commercial sector.

Journalists from major print titles, commercial tv and radio have been allowed to pose the occasional ‘tough’ question. But it’s rare and never sustained.

The BBC, for all its faults, has at least had Mark Daly’s Panorama programme, Douglas Fraser’s dissection of SDM and his business legacy and the occasional probing and dissenting voices of Richard Gordon, Jim Spence, Stuart Cosgrove, Tom English (when he can be bothered) and even Graham Spiers (when he doesn’t feel personally conflicted).

I say occasional probing for it strikes me that with the resources available to it the BBC’s scrutiny of the whole saga should have been far more sustained and deeper.

Even simple obvious questions like asking any EBT recipient if they plan on repaying their ‘loan’ remain unasked.

That BBC News is largely free of direct commercial influence means it’s the only mainstream platform with the freedom to dig. Whether it’s willing to get the spade out is quite another matter.

It’s worth noting that the esteemed Alf Young retired early from mainstream business journalism after a series of SDM-critical pieces resulted in him becoming persona non grata with SDM and his representatives. Other, more recent dissenters, including some of those mentioned above, have taken refuge at the BBC. But perhaps that’s all just unfortunate coincidence.

The BBC should do far more questioning, as for the rest well we really shouldn’t expect anything more. It would appear that at a high level a line has been agreed and at a lower level it’s clear they simply want to return to the halcyon days of following the money and the lamb (even if it comes from a new supplier).

Apologies for length and rant.

blu on July 8, 2015 at 8:34 am

I was reticent about posting the coincidence as I too am fearful of slighting anyone unfairly. That’s why I included the caveats but overall it does seem consistent with the Ibrox approach to paying taxes during his final spell at the club.

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