Comment on Good Try Mr. McKenzie by blu.
ALLYJAMBOFEBRUARY 6, 2017 at 12:05
SMUGASFEBRUARY 6, 2017 at 12:39
I fully accept the points you both make but can’t speak for the writer. Freelance for the Guardian – they decide what goes in the paper (David Conn hardly looked at the story). Bella Caledonia has a different, and dare I say it, bigger agenda.
ALLYJAMBOFEBRUARY 6, 2017 at 09:58 The writer, Mike Small, got just about everything right in that article, except for the optimism that sporting integrity had been saved. I do wonder, though, what the writer would write now if commissioned to do a short history of Scottish football since 2012!
Would he write how his optimism has been dashed by the continuation of the myth and all that surrounds it, and be justifiably angry at the men who allowed integrity to be lost?
Or! Would he give an explanation of how he, and everyone else, got it wrong in the aftermath of the failed CVA, and that the SFA, the SPL and the media just needed to take the word of a lying spiv to learn why a club called Rangers could never die?
Or! Would he just write it as though he’d never written that fine article in the first place and be as complicit as all the rest?
I have to wonder how a journalist, for that article was clearly written by someone deserving of that title, could write such a scathing summation of the SFA and SPL and, in particular, Regan and Doncaster, and yet be so silent over the Resolution 12 issue! That must have seemed like manna from heaven to a journalist who could write, just a few years earlier, of the saving of sporting integrity, as this was a signal that something much worse than the loss of any sort of integrity had taken place! If he genuinely believed, as this article suggests, that Regan, along with Doncaster, should have been chased from Scottish football, here was the perfect opportunity to make that happen!
I can only assume that Mike Small has retired, or else has allowed his own journalistic integrity to fall beside the sporting integrity of Scottish football! Shame.
Looks like it was a minor detour into matters football AJ. See link for la list of Guardian articles. https://www.theguardian.com/profile/mikesmall
Who Is Conning Whom?
HomunculusDecember 1, 2017 at 13:49
Maybe Sir David Murray is due another honour from the Queen for services to society by ensuring that a widely and mostly effective (for tax avoiders) loophole was damaged beyond all credibility through his operation of it at Rangers Football Club. Arise, Lord Murray of Auchenhowie, the tax collector’s champion.
Enough is enough
Thought-provoking blog Andrak, perhaps a bit misunderstood by some. As ever, it’s those who are strongest and hold the power, who feel as if they’ve most to lose. It’s perfectly understandable that Celtic supporters want to continue to see the growth and development of their club since the arrival of Fergus McCann, particularly satisfying when set against the implosion in Govan. But is it good for Scottish football and is it sustainable long-term? In his undoubtedly envy-driven argument, easily swiped aside by Tom English, Alex Rae (Souness influenced?) surely touched on something – if only Celtic can win the league over a period of more than 10 years, what’s the point? It actually confounds logic that Hearts and Hibs have invested so much in their grounds and Aberdeen are desperate to do the same.
I thought that John Clark made a telling point earlier –
But a return to a proper understanding of the inter-dependency of competing clubs (in whichever sport) would be a beginning. It takes two teams to make a football match, and a number of clubs to form a league.
The Vice Closes
The photo in the retweet is of a member of the Mossos d’Esquadra, hence the support from supporters of Catalan independence.
On Grounds for Judicial Review
There was some earlier discussion on Ewan Murray’s article in the Guardian but there’s another article by Barney Ronay regarding an Inquiry initiated by Lewisham Council into the Compulsory Purchase Order placed on land, including Millwall FC’s Den, which may be of interest. The inquiry was called after a series of questions emerged over the process and due diligence behind the council’s plans to compulsorily purchase the land in Bermondsey and sell it on to an offshore‑registered developer.
The full article can be found here:https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/17/millwall-inquiry-battle-den-lewisham-council
This extract may resonate:
The inquiry is expected to reveal its findings in a report before the end of the year. Witnesses are currently giving evidence.
At the end of which it is worth pointing out that the inquiry itself is a puzzling affair. Lord Dyson may be a hugely respected, impartial and dizzyingly able former master of the rolls. It is important to point out that this is not a public inquiry with judicial force.
This is in reality a report commissioned and paid for by the council’s executive, and operating within a strictly defined framework. It is a private inquiry.
The Dyson inquiry has no power to demand or seize documents. It cannot peer behind the veil of offshore secrecy. It will never tell us, for example, who really owns Renewal, or who Renewal’s ultimate beneficiaries are. All of the evidence involved will be heard privately and kept from the public gaze.
On Grounds for Judicial Review
ZilchAugust 18, 2017 at 11:27
Excellent piece Zilch. I agree part that Celtic can’t be faulted for driving forward. They were happy though to ally with Rangers on the voting structure of the SPL, which effectively provided the two with a veto on change. Why the others didn’t kick the door in when Rangers went bust is beyond me.